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Valerie C. Benjamin Named Chief Human Resources Executive at Financial Institutions, Inc.

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WARSAW, N.Y., Aug. 02, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Financial Institutions, Inc. (NASDAQ:FISI) (the "Company"), parent company of Five Star Bank, Scott Danahy Naylon, LLC ("SDN"), Courier Capital, LLC ("Courier Capital"), and HNP Capital, LLC ("HNP Capital") announced today that Valerie C. Benjamin was named Chief Human Resources Executive.

Valerie C. Benjamin
Financial Institutions, Inc. Chief Human Resources Executive



President and Chief Executive Officer Martin K. Birmingham said, "We are very pleased to welcome Valerie to our organization and we appreciate the expertise she brings to her role as leader of the critical Human Resources function. We understand that our employees are our most valuable assets and we are committed to the delivery of an excellent employee experience."

Ms. Benjamin is an experienced Human Resources leader, most recently serving as Associate Dean and Chief Human Resources Officer ("CHRO") for Cornell University's School of Labor and Industrial Relations. She previously served as CHRO at EarthLink, an IT services company. Her career also includes 11 years as a Global Human Capital consultant at Accenture, a worldwide management consulting and professional services firm. Ms. Benjamin earned a Master of Arts degree in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Labor Relations from Cornell. 

Ms. Benjamin succeeds Paula D. Dolan, former Director of Human Resources and Enterprise Planning. Ms. Dolan stepped down from her role as Director of Human Resources last month. In support of an effective transition for this important position, she will remain with the Company and continue to serve as Human Resources Project Manager through her retirement on December 31, 2018.

"Paula has been instrumental in shaping a Human Resources function to meet our needs today and into the future," said Mr. Birmingham.  "In addition, she was a key contributor to the development and evolution of our enterprise strategy. The Board of Directors and I thank her for her many contributions to our Company and we wish her the best in all of her future endeavors."

About Financial Institutions, Inc.

Financial Institutions, Inc. provides diversified financial services through its subsidiaries Five Star Bank, SDN, Courier Capital and HNP Capital. Five Star Bank provides a wide range of consumer and commercial banking and lending services to individuals, municipalities and businesses through a network of more than 50 offices throughout Western and Central New York State. SDN provides a broad range of insurance services to personal and business clients across 45 states. Courier Capital and HNP Capital provide customized investment management, investment consulting and retirement plan services to individuals, businesses, institutions, foundations and retirement plans. Financial Institutions, Inc. and its subsidiaries employ approximately 700 individuals. The Company's stock is listed on the Nasdaq Global Select Market under the symbol FISI. Additional information is available at www.fiiwarsaw.com.

For additional information contact:
Shelly J. Doran
(585) 627-1362
sjdoran@five-starbank.com

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