CHICAGO - May 29, 2012 - Associated Bank continues to expand in the Chicago area with the hiring of two new leaders.

Charles Griffin, age 46, has joined Associated's Financial Institutions Group as senior vice president, relationship manager. In this role he is responsible for business development and relationship management of bank, savings and loan, and credit union clients in Illinois, Indiana and Ohio. Griffin comes to Associated from Fifth Third Bank where he was a vice president - relationship manager for the commercial lending middle market segment. Griffin holds a bachelor's degree from Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, and a master's in business administration degree from DePaul University. He is based in Associated's offices at 130 E. Randolph St., Chicago.

Brian Hale, age 44, has joined the Associated Financial Group as vice president, business development officer. He will work closely with business customers, helping them with their insurance and human resources needs with services offered through Associated. Prior to joining Associated he was the director of business development for Jellyvision, Inc. Hale holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Illinois and a master's in business administration degree from DePaul University. His office is located at 200 E. Randolph St., Chicago.

Associated Banc-Corp (NASDAQ: ASBC) has total assets of $22 billion and is one of the top 50 financial services holding companies operating in the United States. Headquartered in Green Bay, Wis., Associated has more than 250 banking locations serving more than 150 communities throughout Wisconsin, Illinois and Minnesota. The company offers a full range of banking services and other financial products and services. Associated Bank, N.A. is an Equal Housing Lender, Equal Opportunity Lender and Member FDIC. More information about Associated Banc-Corp is available at

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