PNC hires Krista Flynn as Midwest regional executive

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Krista Flynn. 616 Media

The former West Michigan president of Huntington Bank has taken on a new role at PNC Bank.

Krista Flynn moved from her role as West Michigan president of Huntington Bank to regional executive for the Midwest, commercial banking, at PNC, effective Monday, May 2.

She will continue to be based in Grand Rapids and remain involved in the community.

Flynn said this move represents a return to PNC, where she most recently served as senior vice president and group manager for the commercial banking division from 2012-18 before leaving to become regional president for West Michigan at Chemical Bank.

She was at the helm of Chemical’s West Michigan region during its 2020 merger with TCF Bank and remained in her leadership role during Huntington’s acquisition of TCF in 2021, an accomplishment that earned her a spot in the Business Journal’s 50 Most Influential Women in West Michigan class of 2022.

In her new role, Flynn will run PNC’s commercial banking division for its nine-state Midwest region, leading its sales, marketing, and profit and loss, as well as helping business clients from $5 million to $50 million in annual revenues with lending, cashflow management, risk management and succession planning.

She said she is most looking forward to returning to client relationships; leading external deals; helping with change management as the bank expands its markets further west; and attracting, retaining and developing internal talent.

“The excitement I have is just off the charts because I worked here before for several years and I certainly understand the culture, the executive team, my peers (and) it’s very comfortable, and I think that really says something for PNC being an employer of choice — that I’m returning home, if you will,” she said.

Flynn said she hopes to continue serving West Michigan through her board memberships, including at KConnect, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce. She currently is a board member for The Right Place but expects that position will be under review, as Sean Welsh, PNC’s West Michigan region president, also sits on that board.

“West Michigan is really near and dear to my heart, and I don’t want to be uninvolved,” she said. “I love this community. I like being on the boards that I serve, and really like making West Michigan the best place to live, work and play.”

Prior to her previous role at PNC, Flynn spent 18 years of her career at JPMorgan Chase in West Michigan.

She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in finance from the University of Michigan-Dearborn and Walsh College in Troy, respectively.

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