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Frank Holding, Jr. is Chairman and CEO of First Citizens BancShares, Inc., and First-Citizens Bank & Trust Company. Mr. Holding was elected Chairman in February 2009 and has served as CEO since January 2008. Mr. Holding currently serves on the Board of Trustees for BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina and is a former Chairman of the Board. He is also a member of the Mount Olive Pickle Company, Inc. Board of Directors and a past chairman of the North Carolina Chamber. Additionally, Mr. Holding currently serves on the Board of Trustees at Wake Forest University.

A native of Smithfield, N.C., Mr. Holding received a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an MBA from The Wharton School of Finance, University of Pennsylvania.

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Hope Bryant is Vice Chairwoman of First Citizens BancShares, Inc., and First-Citizens Bank & Trust Company. Mrs. Bryant was appointed to this role in 2011 and has been instrumental in our expansion across the United States. She currently leads the General Bank including our expansive branch network, wealth management and other business lines such as treasury management, insurance and merchant. Mrs. Bryant currently serves on the Board of Advisors for the YMCA of the Triangle.

A native of Smithfield, N.C., Mrs. Bryant earned a bachelor’s degree and an MBA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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Peter Bristow is the President and a member of the Board of First Citizens BancShares, Inc., and First-Citizens Bank & Trust Company and has served on the companies’ boards since his appointment in 2014. Mr. Bristow leads our Rail business as well as the Commercial Bank where he is responsible for areas such as commercial finance, real estate finance, business capital, and middle market banking. Mr. Bristow serves on a number of non-profit boards including the North Carolina Community Foundation and the North Carolina Museum of Art Foundation.

A native of Richmond, V.A., Mr. Bristow earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia.

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Marisa Harney is the Chief Credit Officer and was appointed to this role in 2022 upon completion of the merger with CIT Group, Inc. where she previously served in the same role. Mrs. Harney leads the credit teams for both the General Bank and the Commercial Bank.

A native of New York, Mrs. Harney earned a bachelor’s degree from Fordham University and an MBA from the New York University Stern School of Business.

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Craig Nix is the Chief Financial Officer and has served in this role since 2014. Mr. Nix is responsible for all corporate finance functions, including accounting, financial planning and analysis, reporting, investor relations, and treasury. He also oversees our operations and information technology teams.

A native of Columbia, S.C., Mr. Nix earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of South Carolina and is a Certified Public Accountant.

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Lorie Rupp is the Chief Risk Officer and has served in this role since 2017. Prior to being appointed Chief Risk Officer, Mrs. Rupp was our Chief Accounting Officer. Mrs. Rupp oversees all aspects of the company’s corporate risk oversight activities including enterprise and operational risk management, credit risk, enterprise data and analytics, legal, compliance and information security.

A native of Iowa, Mrs. Rupp earned a bachelor’s degree in St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa.

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Jeff Ward is the Chief Strategy Officer and has served in this role since 2014. As our Chief Strategy Officer, Mr. Ward is responsible for corporate strategy development and implementation while also overseeing our Integration Management Office and the Direct Bank. In addition to his role at First Citizens, he is a board member at Teen Cancer America.

A native of Asheville, N.C., Mr. Ward earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree from North Carolina State University.