CHICAGO - January 30, 2013 - James Lynch, age 56, has been hired as senior vice president, relationship manager for Associated Commercial Banking. He will be helping privately held businesses in the Chicago area with their banking and financial needs. Lynch comes to Associated from First Merit Bank where he was a senior vice president on its commercial lending team. A graduate of the University of Illinois at Champaign/Urbana, Lynch also holds a master's degree from DePaul University, and brings his customers 35 years of banking expertise. Lynch's office is located in the Aon Building at 200 E. Randolph.

Jaki Becker, age 54, has been hired as senior vice president, relationship manager for Associated's Commercial Real Estate Group. She is responsible for helping customers with loan origination, credit plan structuring and developing markets within Associated's commercial real estate platform. She previously was a vice president with Wells Fargo Bank Commercial Real Estate Group. Having more than 20 years of experience in the industry, Becker earned her undergraduate degree from Illinois State University and her master's degree from Roosevelt University. Her office is located in the Aon Building at 200 E. Randolph.

Marlin Arnholz, age 60, joins Associated as senior vice president, information technology risk and vendor management process manager. He is responsible for developing and implementing an IT risk management program and a vendor risk management function for Associated. He previously was with The Northern Trust Company where he developed and managed the bank's technology compliance program. Arnholz earned his undergraduate degree from Roosevelt University and his master's degree from Northern Illinois University. His office is currently located at 190 S. LaSalle Street in Chicago, but he will be moving to Associated's headquarters in Green Bay, Wis.

Associated Banc-Corp (NASDAQ: ASBC) has total assets of $23 billion and is one of the top 50, publicly traded, U.S. bank holding companies. Headquartered in Green Bay, Wis., Associated is a leading Midwest banking franchise, offering a full range of financial products and services through more than 250 banking locations serving more than 150 communities throughout Wisconsin, Illinois and Minnesota, and commercial financial services in Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio and Texas. Associated Bank, N.A. is an Equal Housing Lender, Equal Opportunity Lender and Member FDIC. More information about Associated Banc-Corp is available at