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Citizens Financial Group, Inc. Director Earns Recognition on Annual List of Most Influential Boardroom Leaders

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Leo "Lee" Higdon Named to 2018 NACD Directorship 100

Citizens Financial Group, Inc. (NYSE:CFG) board member Leo "Lee" Higdon
has been named to the National Association of Corporate Directors'
("NACD") 2018 Directorship 100 list. The prestigious list annually
recognizes the most influential corporate directors,
corporate-governance experts, policymakers and influencers who have
significantly impacted boardroom practices and performance.

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Leo "Lee" Higdon (Photo: Business Wire)

Leo "Lee" Higdon (Photo: Business Wire)

"Selection for this distinguished list signifies that one has achieved
the highest level of excellence in his or her profession," said NACD
president and CEO Peter
Gleason
. "We salute the commitment it takes to uphold these high
standards and to serve as an example to other corporate governance
leaders."

For four decades NACD has recognized individual directors who serve as a
role model by promoting exemplary board leadership, oversight and
courage in the boardroom. The 2018 honorees will be recognized during
the NACD Directorship 100 Gala on Nov. 28 in New York City.

On the Citizens board, Higdon is an independent director and member of
the Audit and Compensation & Human Resources committees. He also
currently serves on the board of Encompass Health Corp., where he is
non-executive chairman, and on the board of Eaton Vance, where he is
lead director. He spent 20 years at Salomon Brothers, where he was an
investment banker before rising to vice chairman. He then moved into
higher education, serving as dean of the Darden School of Business at
the University of Virginia and then as president of Babson College and
president of College of Charleston. He most recently served as president
of Connecticut College before retiring in 2013.

Higdon's past corporate and non-profit board appointments have included
Chemtura Corporation, Newmont Mining, Bestfoods, Georgetown University,
Mt. Holyoke College, the Brooklyn Museum of Art and Africare. He
received his B.A. from Georgetown University and M.B.A. from the
University of Chicago following two years in the Peace Corps.

The full list of the 2018 NACD Directorship 100 honorees can be found
here: 2018
Honorees
.

To learn more about the NACD Directorship 100, visit www.NACDonline.org/D100.

About NACD
The National
Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) empowers more than 17,000
directors to lead with confidence in the boardroom. As the recognized
authority on leading boardroom practices, NACD helps boards strengthen
investor trust and public confidence by ensuring that today's directors
are well prepared for tomorrow's challenges. World-class boards join
NACD to elevate performance, gain foresight, and instill confidence.
Fostering collaboration among directors, investors, and corporate
governance stakeholders, NACD has been setting the standard for
responsible board leadership for 40 years. To learn more about NACD,
visit www.NACDonline.org.
To become an NACD member, please contact us at Join@NACDonline.org
or 202-572-2089. If you are already a member, contact your NACD
Membership Advisor at MembershipAdvisor@NACDonline.org
to ensure that you are receiving the best value from your membership.

About Citizens Financial Group, Inc.
Citizens
Financial Group, Inc. is one of the nation's oldest and largest
financial institutions, with $155.4 billion in assets as of June 30,
2018. Headquartered in Providence, Rhode Island, Citizens offers a broad
range of retail and commercial banking products and services to
individuals, small businesses, middle-market companies, large
corporations and institutions. Citizens helps its customers reach their
potential by listening to them and by understanding their needs in order
to offer tailored advice, ideas and solutions. In Consumer Banking,
Citizens provides an integrated experience that includes mobile and
online banking, a 24/7 customer contact center and the convenience of
approximately 3,200 ATMs and approximately 1,150 branches in 11 states
in the New England, Mid-Atlantic and Midwest regions. Consumer Banking
products and services include a full range of banking, lending, savings,
wealth management and small business offerings. In Commercial Banking,
Citizens offers corporate, institutional and not-for-profit clients a
full range of wholesale banking products and services, including lending
and deposits, capital markets, treasury services, foreign exchange and
interest rate products and asset finance. More information is available
at www.citizensbank.com
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