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Fifth Third Bank Promotes Mitchell Stapley to Chief Investment Officer for FTAM

<p class='bwalignc'> <i><b>Announces other FTAM Organizational Changes</b></i> </p>

Friday, October 12, 2012

Fifth Third Bank Promotes Mitchell Stapley to Chief Investment Officer for FTAM13:08 EDT Friday, October 12, 2012 CINCINNATI (Business Wire) -- Fifth Third Bancorp (Nasdaq: FITB) today announced that Mitchell Stapley has been promoted to chief investment officer for Fifth Third Asset Management (FTAM) a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fifth Third Bank. Stapley, an 11-year veteran of FTAM previously served as chief fixed income officer where he oversaw all fixed income strategies for the firm. Stapley replaces Keith Wirtz, who has left FTAM to pursue other opportunities. Click here to view Stapley's full bio. “With nearly 30 years of investment experience to his credit, Mitch is the perfect person to drive FTAM forward in the most strategically effective way,” said Phil McHugh, executive vice president and head of the Bank's Investment Advisors division. Along with the promotion of Stapley, McHugh also announced that FTAM has entered into an agreement to sell certain accounts of the firm, which is expected to close in the first quarter of 2013. Upon completion of the transaction, FTAM will focus on a more concentrated menu of products for the institutional market, including Fixed Income, Dividend Growth and Strategic Income. Certain assets associated with FTAM's investment teams in Minneapolis and Cleveland will be purchased by Tim Ford, Seamus Murphy and Amy Denn, current members of FTAM's management team, and will operate as a separate entity called Foundry Partners LLC. The two firms plan to enter into a cooperative sales and service agreement to support existing and future client relationships. “This strategic transaction will provide FTAM with the best opportunity for growth in the future because it will allow us to concentrate on and invest in a focused set of key investment strategies,” explained Stapley. About Fifth Third Asset Management Fifth Third Asset Management, Inc. (FTAM) provides investment advisory services for institutional clients. FTAM offers a diversified asset management product line utilizing commingled funds and separate accounts. Through teams of experienced and knowledgeable investment professionals, advanced research resources and disciplined investment processes, our goal is two-fold: produce superior, long-term investment results and client satisfaction. About Fifth Third Bancorp Fifth Third Bancorp is a diversified financial services company headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Company has $118 billion in assets and operates 15 affiliates with 1,320 full-service Banking Centers, including 104 Bank Mart® locations open seven days a week inside select grocery stores and 2,405 ATMs in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, Florida, Tennessee, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Missouri, Georgia and North Carolina. Fifth Third operates four main businesses: Commercial Banking, Branch Banking, Consumer Lending, and Investment Advisors. Fifth Third also has a 39% interest in Vantiv Holding, LLC, formerly Fifth Third Processing Solutions, LLC. Fifth Third is among the largest money managers in the Midwest and, as of June 30, 2012, had $291 billion in assets under care, of which it managed $25 billion for individuals, corporations and not-for-profit organizations. Investor information and press releases can be viewed at www.53.com. Fifth Third's common stock is traded on the NASDAQ® National Global Select Market under the symbol "FITB." Fifth Third Bank. Member FDIC. Photos/Multimedia Gallery Available: http://www.businesswire.com/cgi-bin/mmg.cgi?eid=50439458&lang=en Fifth Third BancorpDebra DeCourcy, APR, 513-534-4153orRick Ille (FTAM), 513-534-7583