Alley named interim Integra Bank CEO-WEB ONLY

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Well-known local banking
executive Mike Alley has been named interim chairman and CEO of
Evansville-based Integra Bank, the company announced today.

 

Alley, who retired from
banking in 2002 after 13 years as president and CEO of Fifth Third Indiana,
will lead the troubled Evansville bank until a permanent replacement is found.
A search firm has been hired, and a successor should be named in three to four
months, the company said.

 

Since leaving Fifth Third,
Alley has kept busy in consulting and investment circles. He co-founded Patriot
Investments LLC in 2003 and is the owner of Electronic Evolutions Inc., a
custom designer and installer of consumer electronics.

 

At Integra, Alley takes over
for Michael Vea, who will remain chairman of the bank’s holding company,
Integra Bank Corp.

 

Alley, who is a native of
southwestern Indiana,
said he is familiar with Integra. Itching to return to banking, he joined its
board in April, but said he has no desire to be the bank’s permanent CEO. He
plans to stay in Evansville
during his tenure.

 

Bank directors concluded
that new leadership would be key to restoring Integra to profitability. Its
financial struggles largely are the result of the commercial and residential
real estate collapse, Alley said.


“The board decided to bring some leadership with new ideas and increased energy
to deal with some priorities in trying to return the bank to profitability,” he
said.

 

The publicly traded bank
hasn’t reported a profit in a year and most recently lost $28 million, or $1.37
per share, in the first quarter ending March 31.

 

Integra has $3.6 billion in
total assets and operates 75 branches in southwestern Indiana,
and in Kentucky, Illinois
and Ohio.

 

Shares of Integra were
trading at $2.26 each late this morning, down from a 52-week high of $15.18.

 

 

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