|HAMILTON, Ohio, May 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- First Financial Bancorp
(Nasdaq: FFBC) shareholders elected three directors at the corporation's
annual meeting on April 26, 2005.
Two of the directors are incumbents: Steven C. Posey, president of Posey
Management Corp., doing business as McDonalds in the Middletown area, and
Claude E. Davis, president and chief executive officer of First Financial
Bancorp. Susan L. Purkrabek-Knust, managing partner of K.P. Properties and
Omega Warehouse Services, was elected to her first term on the board.
At the meeting, shareholders also approved an amendment to the 1999 Stock
Option Plan for Non-Employee Directors and ratified certain grants previously
made pursuant to the plan.
Effective at the end of the annual meeting, the retirement of Carl R.
Fiora became official. Fiora served on the board of directors of First
Financial Bancorp since 1987. He is a retired president and chief executive
officer of Armco Steel Company L.P.
As previously announced, Stephen S. Marcum had declined to stand for re-
election to the board; therefore, his term also ended at the close of First
Financial Bancorp's annual meeting. Marcum is a partner in the Hamilton law
firm of Parrish Fryman and Marcum.
A $3.9 billion publicly owned bank holding company with over 4,000
shareholders, First Financial Bancorp currently operates 4 banking affiliates
with a total of 105 retail banking centers in Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky, and
Indiana, as well as an investment-advisor affiliate and an operations
affiliate. Insurance services are offered through First Financial Insurance.