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KeyCorp taps Quenneville
Promoted to post of WNY president

KeyCorp has promoted its Western New York district retail leader to be the district's new president, succeeding the bank's former local head, who took over as president of the bank's Maine District earlier this year.

The Cleveland-based parent of KeyBank on Monday appointed Gary Quenneville president of the Western New York District, effective immediately, after conducting a national search. Quenneville, former senior vice president, replaces Sterling Kozlowski following the latter's promotion. The bank is now conducting a search for a new district retail leader for Western New York.

Quenneville, 48, will oversee nearly 1,000 employees, 43 branches and 51 ATMs in what Key considers its four-county district. He is accountable for revenues, expense management, profitability and credit quality, and is responsible for building client relationships across all lines of business and working with Key's Community Development Banking unit to ensure products and services are offered to low- and moderate-income communities and individuals.

"Gary is a proven, results-oriented leader who has had a long and distinguished career in banking," said Hugh Donlon, president of Key's Northeast Region, which includes New York, Vermont, Maine and Florida. "He has an in-depth understanding of the Western New York financial services landscape and strong organizational savvy, which makes him ideally suited for this new assignment."

KeyBank, the longtime No. 3 bank locally by market share, has been investing in the region recently for the first time in years, adding six new branches to its network. The third, at Union and Michael roads in Orchard Park, opened a week ago, and a fourth is slated to open May 24 on Grand Island. Two more are planned for next year.

There are no others planned beyond that at the moment, but Quenneville said in an interview that he plans to capitalize on the corporate investments. He noted that the Western New York district has been one of Key's best-performing nationwide, so "first and foremost, I need to continue the tradition of high performance here."

"We're a strong bank here, and we want to maintain that," he said. "We have a reputation for being a responsible corporate citizen, and remaining that is very important. And we want to ensure that people are proud to work for us and to do business with Key."

Quenneville, a native of the northern New York town of Malone, joined Key in 1985 in Watertown as a management associate. He has held a range of positions in Central New York, the Hudson Valley and Western New York, including as area sales leader and business banking sales leader. He moved to Western New York in 2000.

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