Leadership Changes at Huntington Bancshares: Paul Heller Retires, Three Executives Ascend

Huntington Bancshares Incorporated announced on January 10, 2024, that Paul Heller, Chief Technology and Operations Officer, will retire on March 1, 2024. Heller has been the chief technologist at the bank since 2012 and has made significant contributions to the financial institution’s information technology, operations, digital initiatives, payments, and transformation strategies.

During his illustrious 38-year career, Heller held numerous roles at JPMorgan Chase, such as managing director for the corporate internet group and chief technology officer for retail banking. Prior to his banking stint, he offered a decade of services in management consulting, starting his career at Andersen Consulting with a focus on financial services.

Recognizing Heller’s noble service, Steve Steinour, Huntington’s chairman, president, and CEO, expressed admiration and gratitude for Heller’s contributions. “His leadership will have a lasting impact, and he has been a terrific partner to me and to the executive team. I wish him the best in his retirement,” Steinour said.

With Heller’s retirement, three senior leaders, Amit Dhingra, Kendall Kowalski, and Prashant Nateri will join Huntington’s executive leadership team from March 1, 2024, and report to Steinour. Dhingra, Chief Enterprise Payments Officer, has been with Huntington for nine years and brings twenty-seven years of experience having previously worked at Proctor & Gamble, McKinsey & Company, and U.S. Bank. Kowalski, the new Chief Information Officer, is a decade-long Huntington veteran with total industry experience of twenty-eight years, including stints at Accenture and JP Morgan Chase. Nateri, the Chief Corporate Operations Officer, is a decorated professional with twenty-six years of industry experience, including eleven at Huntington and previous roles at JP Morgan Chase and Cambridge Technology Partners.

Steinour eagerly anticipates the new phase with the triad of Dhingra, Kowalski, and Nateri. “Elevating them illustrates our tremendous bench strength across the Technology and Operations organization and I am pleased to have them join our executive leadership team,” he stated.

Huntington Bancshares Incorporated is a $187 billion asset regional bank holding company based in Columbus, Ohio. The bank offers a wide range of banking, payments, wealth management, and risk management products and services to consumers, small and middle‐market businesses, corporations, municipalities, and other organizations through its more than 1,000 branches in 11 states.

Source: Press Release