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ROBERT D. MATTHEWS Jr. Obituary

Matthews, Robert D. Jr. Of Boston, Vice Chairman of Commercial Banking and a member of the Citizens Financial Group board of directors, died unexpectedly on December 19. He was 51. Mr. Matthews was devoted to Citizens' success and instrumental in leading the Commercial Banking division into new markets, new specialties and, in September 2014, a new era as a publicly traded company. He firmly believed in the Citizens' credo that pledged dedication to one's colleagues, clients, and community and found the interactions with the people he worked with and with his customers to be one of the most important aspects of his career. "Our entire Citizens Financial Group family of colleagues mourns this tragic loss, and our thoughts and prayers are with Catherine, Robert's wife, and his family," said Citizens Financial Group Chairman and CEO Bruce Van Saun . Mr. Matthews joined Citizens in 2007 from Citigroup, where he had been Executive Vice President and Head of U.S. Commercial and Middle Market Banking. Previously, he worked internationally, holding a number of senior leadership positions in Asia and Latin America. Everything that Mr. Matthews did in his personal and professional life was inspired by his extraordinary intellectual curiosity and enthusiasm for life. He lived his life with the purposeful intention to give back to his community and, above all, to always choose kindness when determining his actions. A lover of music and the arts, Mr. Matthews was the driving force behind the creation of Boston's first free summer performing-arts festival, Boston Summer Arts Week, presented in collaboration with the Boston Globe and WGBH. Over the past three years, nearly 90,000 visitors experienced the best of the arts on historic Copley Plaza thanks to his leadership. As a member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra's board of overseers, Mr. Matthews was a major supporter of the BSO's work. This year, he co-chaired the BSO's annual summer fundraiser, Presidents at Pops, which raised more than $850,000 to support the orchestra's education and community engagement programs. Mr. Matthews loved American history and considered civic engagement to be an honor. He served as vice chairman of the boards of directors of the Paul Revere Memorial Association and the National Constitution Center, and was a supporter of the Bostonian Society. He was on the board of directors of Jobs for Massachusetts and the Private Export Funding Corporation. With his wife, Catherine, he was passionately supportive of Community Servings and its mission of feeding the critically ill in Massachusetts. His family found a spiritual home in Boston's Old North Church and enthusiastically encouraged the Old North Foundation's work to educate the public about its place in America's story. Above all, he gave willingly and happily of material and emotional resources to anyone in need. He loved to travel and to plan trips for his family and recently visited Africa, a trip he had dreamed of since he was a little boy. More than anything, Mr. Matthews loved his family and recognized the importance of spending time with them and of creating memories that will now sustain them. He was an extraordinary man, loving husband and wonderful, devoted father. His sense of humor was quick, irreverent and unquenchable. He delighted in conversation with people from all walks of life. Mr. Matthews was born in West Virginia, raised in Western Pennsylvania and cherished the values and ethic of hard work, discipline and hope that family instilled in him. Mr. Matthews received his bachelor's degree in economics from Harvard University, with an emphasis on labor relations and bargaining behavior. He is survived by his wife, Catherine, and their two daughters, Nicole and Campbell. He is also survived by his mother, Karen Anderson, his brother, Steven Matthews, and his family, brother John Matthews and John's wife, Diana, and their family, his mother-in-law, Catherine Contey, brother-in-law John Contey, sister- and brother-in-law Alexandra and Greg Schutz and nephew Cole LaBruzzo. He is also survived by his friends and colleagues, too numerous to mention, who share his openhearted nature and love of laughter. A wake will be held on Sunday, December 21 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Boston Harborside Home of J.S. Waterman & Sons-Waring-Langone, 580 Commercial Street, Boston. Funeral services will be on Monday at 10 a.m. at Old North Church, 193 Salem Street, Boston. In lieu of flowers, his family requests donations be made in his honor to the following organizations: Community Servings, 18 Marbury Terrace, Jamaica Plain, MA; the Boston Symphony Orchestra, 301 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, MA; Paul Revere Memorial Association, 19 North Square, Boston, MA; or the Old North Foundation, 193 Salem Street, Boston, MA.

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 Robert Matthews Obituary

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Robert D. Matthews Jr.

May 22, 1963 - December 19, 2014

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Robert D. Matthews Jr. of Boston, Vice Chairman of Commercial Banking and a member of the Citizens Finan- cial Group board of directors, died unexpectedly on Decem- ber 19. He was 51. Mr. Mat- thews was devoted to Citizens' success and instrumental in leading the Commercial Bank- ing division into new markets, new specialties and, in Sep- tember 2014, a new era as a publicly traded company. He firmly believed in the Citizens' credo that pledged dedication to one's colleagues, clients, and community and found the in- teractions with the people he worked with and with his cus- tomers to be one of the most important aspects of his career. "Our entire Citizens Financial Group family of colleagues mourns this tragic loss, and our thoughts and prayers are with Catherine, Robert's wife, and his family," said Citizens Financial Group Chairman and CEO Bruce Van Saun. Mr. Mat- thews joined Citizens in 2007 from Citigroup, where he had been Executive Vice President and Head of U.S. Commercial and Middle Market Banking. Previously, he worked inter- nationally, holding a number of senior leadership positions in Asia and Latin America. Ev- erything that Mr. Matthews did in his personal and profes- sional life was inspired by his extraordinary intellectual curi- osity and enthusiasm for life. He lived his life with the pur- poseful intention to give back to his community and, above all, to always choose kindness when determining his actions. A lover of music and the arts, Mr. Matthews was the driving force behind the creation of Boston's first free summer per- forming-arts festival, Boston Summer Arts Week, presented in collaboration with the Bos- ton Globe and WGBH. Over the past three years, nearly 90,000 visitors experienced the best of the arts on historic Copley Plaza thanks to his leadership. As a member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra's board of overseers, Mr. Matthews was a major supporter of the BSO's work. This year, he co-chaired the BSO's annual summer fund- raiser, Presidents at Pops, which raised more than $850,000 to support the orchestra's educa- tion and community engage- ment programs. Mr. Matthews loved American history and considered civic engagement to be an honor. He served as vice chairman of the boards of directors of the Paul Revere Memorial Association and the National Constitution Center, and was a supporter of the Bostonian Society. He was on the board of directors of Jobs for Massachusetts and the Pri- vate Export Funding Corpora- tion. With his wife, Catherine, he was passionately supportive of Community Servings and its mission of feeding the critically ill in Massachusetts. His family found a spiritual home in Bos- ton's Old North Church and en- thusiastically encouraged the Old North Foundation's work to educate the public about its place in America's story. Above all, he gave willingly and hap- pily of material and emotional resources to anyone in need. He loved to travel and to plan trips for his family and recent- ly visited Africa, a trip he had dreamed of since he was a little boy. More than anything, Mr. Matthews loved his family and recognized the importance of spending time with them and of creating memories that will now sustain them. He was an extraordinary man, loving hus- band and wonderful, devoted father. His sense of humor was quick, irreverent and un- quenchable. He delighted in conversation with people from all walks of life. Mr. Matthews was born in West Virginia, raised in Western Pennsylvania and cherished the values and ethic of hard work, discipline and hope that family instilled in him. Mr. Matthews received his bachelor's degree in eco- nomics from Harvard Univer- sity, with an emphasis on la- bor relations and bargaining behavior. He is survived by his wife, Catherine, and their two daughters, Nicole and Camp- bell. He is also survived by his mother, Karen Anderson, his brother, Steven Matthews, and his family, brother John Mat- thews and John's wife, Diana, and their family, his mother-in- law, Catherine Contey, brother- in-law John Contey, sister- and brother-in-law Alexandra and Greg Schutz and nephew Cole LaBruzzo. He is also survived by his friends and colleagues, too numerous to mention, who share his openhearted nature and love of laughter. A wake will be held on Sunday, Decem- ber 21 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Boston Harborside Home of J.S. Waterman & Sons-War- ing-Langone, 580 Commercial Street, Boston. Funeral services will be on Monday at 10 a.m. at Old North Church, 193 Salem Street, Boston. Parking for Old North Church is available at the Government Center Parking Garage located at 50 New Sudbury Street and Fitz Inn-Auto Park located at the corner of Commercial Street and Hull Street. In lieu of flow- ers, his family requests dona- tions be made in his honor to the following organizations: Community Servings, 18 Mar- bury Terrace, Jamaica Plain, MA; the Boston Symphony Or- chestra, 301 Massachusetts Av- enue, Boston, MA; Paul Revere Memorial Association, 19 North Square, Boston, MA; or the Old North Foundation, 193 Salem Street, Boston, MA.


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12/19/2014

Citizens Financial Group Commercial Banking Vice Chairman Robert Matthews Passes Away

PROVIDENCE, RI -- Bruce Van Saun , Chairman and CEO of Citizens Financial Group (NYSE: CFG), issued the following statement this morning:

“It is with deep sadness that I announce that Robert Matthews, Vice Chairman of Commercial Banking and a member of the Citizens Financial Group Board of Directors, died unexpectedly overnight of an apparent heart attack at his home. He was 51.

“Our entire Citizens Financial Group family of colleagues mourns this tragic loss, and our thoughts and prayers are with Catherine, Robert’s wife, and his family. We share their grief and extend to them our deepest sympathies.”

“Robert was a great guy and an outstanding leader with incredible energy and a passion to succeed. He made an indelible mark on our company – the commercial bank that we have built under his leadership is a testament to Robert’s passion for serving customers and for building an organization that can extend that passion to each of the companies we serve.”

“One of Robert’s legacies is that he surrounded himself with great people. We have selected two of Robert's key team members, Steve Woods, currently head of Corporate Banking, and Bob Rubino, currently head of Corporate Finance and Capital Markets, to be interim co-heads of Commercial Banking. I have confidence that they will continue the same great client focus and service that Robert instilled in the organization."

About Citizens Financial Group, Inc.
Citizens Financial Group, Inc. (NYSE: CFG) is one of the nation’s oldest and largest financial institutions, with $131.3 billion in assets as of September 30, 2014. Headquartered in Providence, Rhode Island, the company offers a broad range of retail and commercial banking products and services to individuals, small businesses, middle-market companies, large corporations and institutions. Consumer Banking helps its retail customers “bank better” with mobile and online banking, a 24/7 customer contact center and the convenience of approximately 3,200 ATMs and approximately 1,200 Citizens Bank and Charter One branches in 11 states in the New England, Mid-Atlantic and Midwest regions. Citizens also provides mortgage lending, auto lending, student lending and commercial banking services in selective markets nationwide. In Commercial Banking, Citizens offers corporate, institutional and not-for-profit clients a full range of wholesale banking products and services including lending anddeposits, capital markets, treasury services, foreign exchange and interest hedging, leasing and asset finance, specialty finance and trade finance. Citizens operates via subsidiaries Citizens Bank, N.A., and Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania.

Additional information about Citizens and its full line of products and services can be found at www.citizensbank.com.

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Citizens Financial Group Commercial Banking Vice Chairman Robert Matthews Passes Away

Fri Dec 19, 2014 10:10am EST

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Citizens Financial Group Commercial Banking Vice Chairman Robert Matthews Passes Away

Bruce Van Saun, Chairman and CEO of Citizens Financial Group (NYSE: CFG), issued the following statement this morning:

“It is with deep sadness that I announce that Robert Matthews, Vice Chairman of Commercial Banking and a member of the Citizens Financial Group Board of Directors, died unexpectedly overnight of an apparent heart attack at his home. He was 51.

“Our entire Citizens Financial Group family of colleagues mourns this tragic loss, and our thoughts and prayers are with Catherine, Robert’s wife, and his family. We share their grief and extend to them our deepest sympathies.”

“Robert was a great guy and an outstanding leader with incredible energy and a passion to succeed. He made an indelible mark on our company – the commercial bank that we have built under his leadership is a testament to Robert’s passion for serving customers and for building an organization that can extend that passion to each of the companies we serve.”

“One of Robert’s legacies is that he surrounded himself with great people. We have selected two of Robert's key team members, Steve Woods, currently head of Corporate Banking, and Bob Rubino, currently head of Corporate Finance and Capital Markets, to be interim co-heads of Commercial Banking. I have confidence that they will continue the same great client focus and service that Robert instilled in the organization."

About Citizens Financial Group, Inc.

Citizens Financial Group, Inc. (NYSE: CFG) is one of the nation’s oldest and largest financial institutions, with $131.3 billion in assets as of September 30, 2014. Headquartered in Providence, Rhode Island, the company offers a broad range of retail and commercial banking products and services to individuals, small businesses, middle-market companies, large corporations and institutions. Consumer Banking helps its retail customers “bank better” with mobile and online banking, a 24/7 customer contact center and the convenience of approximately 3,200 ATMs and approximately 1,200 Citizens Bank and Charter One branches in 11 states in the New England, Mid-Atlantic and Midwest regions. Citizens also provides mortgage lending, auto lending, student lending and commercial banking services in selective markets nationwide. 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 hedging, leasing and asset finance, specialty finance and trade finance. Citizens operates via subsidiaries Citizens Bank, N.A., and Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania.

Additional information about Citizens and its full line of products and services can be found at www.citizensbank.com.

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12/19/2014

Citizens Financial Group Commercial Banking Vice Chairman Robert Matthews Passes Away

PROVIDENCE, RI -- Bruce Van Saun, Chairman and CEO of Citizens Financial Group (NYSE: CFG), issued the following statement this morning:

“It is with deep sadness that I announce that Robert Matthews, Vice Chairman of Commercial Banking and a member of the Citizens Financial Group Board of Directors, died unexpectedly overnight of an apparent heart attack at his home. He was 51.

“Our entire Citizens Financial Group family of colleagues mourns this tragic loss, and our thoughts and prayers are with Catherine, Robert’s wife, and his family. We share their grief and extend to them our deepest sympathies.”

“Robert was a great guy and an outstanding leader with incredible energy and a passion to succeed. He made an indelible mark on our company – the commercial bank that we have built under his leadership is a testament to Robert’s passion for serving customers and for building an organization that can extend that passion to each of the companies we serve.”

“One of Robert’s legacies is that he surrounded himself with great people. We have selected two of Robert's key team members, Steve Woods, currently head of Corporate Banking, and Bob Rubino, currently head of Corporate Finance and Capital Markets, to be interim co-heads of Commercial Banking. I have confidence that they will continue the same great client focus and service that Robert instilled in the organization."

About Citizens Financial Group, Inc.
Citizens Financial Group, Inc. (NYSE: CFG) is one of the nation’s oldest and largest financial institutions, with $131.3 billion in assets as of September 30, 2014. Headquartered in Providence, Rhode Island, the company offers a broad range of retail and commercial banking products and services to individuals, small businesses, middle-market companies, large corporations and institutions. Consumer Banking helps its retail customers “bank better” with mobile and online banking, a 24/7 customer contact center and the convenience of approximately 3,200 ATMs and approximately 1,200 Citizens Bank and Charter One branches in 11 states in the New England, Mid-Atlantic and Midwest regions. Citizens also provides mortgage lending, auto lending, student lending and commercial banking services in selective markets nationwide. In Commercial Banking, Citizens offers corporate, institutional and not-for-profit clients a full range of wholesale banking products and services including lending anddeposits, capital markets, treasury services, foreign exchange and interest hedging, leasing and asset finance, specialty finance and trade finance. Citizens operates via subsidiaries Citizens Bank, N.A., and Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania.

Additional information about Citizens and its full line of products and services can be found at www.citizensbank.com.
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