Bowling Green, Ohio - Sky Financial Group Inc. has hired Zahid Afzal as executive vice president/chief technology officer. He will report directly to Les Starr, corporate executive vice president of technology and operations.Afzal comes to Sky from Bank of America, where he was a senior vice president and chief information officer of the consumer banking division. While at Bank of America, Afzal directed the consumer banking information technology initiatives and successfully implemented several programs, which reduced expenses while growing the business organically and through mergers and acquisitions. Prior to Bank of America, Afzal was the chief information officer for Broadslate Networks and a senior technology executive for Citicorp.

"Zahid is an experienced, proven leader in the financial services technology field and having him on our team is a tremendous benefit for our organization," says Marty E. Adams, chairman, president and CEO of Sky Financial Group. "We look forward to utilizing his innovative ideas and expertise to support Sky's strategic initiatives and to enhance the client experience at Sky."

As Sky's chief technology offer, Afzal will oversee all of Sky's corporate information technology service delivery including: applications development, data center operations, information security, database administration and service delivery infrastructure.

Afzal obtained his bachelor of science in data Processing and management from Strayer University, Washington D.C. and his bachelor of science in mathematics from The University of Karachi, Pakistan.

Source: Sky Financial Group Inc.

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