Huntington Bancshares Inc. has hired a former National City Mortgage executive to head its consumer collections division.

The Columbus-based bank, Central Ohio's largest holder of area deposits, said it has named Diane Dougherty senior vice president and director of collections. Dougherty spent the last seven years as chief of credit loss and consumer counseling programs in the mortgage division at Cleveland-based National City Corp., now owned by Pittsburgh-based PNC Financial Services Group Inc.

Dougherty has nearly 20 years experience in loss mitigation, the bank said.

The bank's latest appointment is not the first time Huntington has tapped into National City management in the wake of its buyout. The bank in September named to its board William Robertson, a former president, deputy chairman and president at National City and a key player in its growth during the 1970s, '80s and mid-'90s.

Huntington had 68 area branches and $10.2 billion in regional deposits as of June 30, according to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.

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