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Northwest Bancshares realigns management team

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Northwest Bancshares Inc., parent company of Northwest Savings Bank, announced a shake-up of its management team.

Steven G. Fisher and William W. Harvey Jr. have been promoted to senior executive vice presidents of their respective divisions.

Fisher now leads the company's production and revenue division as chief revenue officer. Harvey leads the technology, operations, finance and support division as chief financial officer.

"It is my pleasure to announce a reorganization of our company designed to align Northwest's management team with the two initiatives necessary to improve profitability and enhance shareholder value," said William J. Wagner, chairman, president and CEO. "The first major objective is to create strong and sustainable internal growth fueled by a highly effective and efficient sales process. The second major objective is to realize continuous improvement in the efficiency of our delivery, operations and support functions."

Fisher and Harvey have been Northwest employees for 31 and 18 years, respectively. They will continue to report to Wagner, who will retain administration of the company's third division, which provides legal, compliance and regulatory oversight.

Northwest has 165 branch offices in four states, including 21 in Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon and York counties.

Another company subsidiary, Northwest Consumer Discount Co., has three midstate offices in Cumberland and Lebanon counties.

Northwest Bancshares Inc. trades on the NASDAQ under the ticker symbol NWBI.

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