Joshua Landau will lead Fifth Third‘s newly expanded Financial Institutions Group as managing director and group head, reporting directly to Kevin Lavender, executive vice president and head of Corporate Banking.

Landau will oversee a diverse group of industry specialists for the New York-based national practice, which develops and manages relationships with insurance companies, fund managers, financial technology companies, diversified financials and correspondent banks.

The Financial Institutions Group (FIG) is one of several areas of expertise within Fifth Third’s Commercial Bank. The group works closely with clients across the U.S. to understand individual needs, and its holistic approach provides resources and strategic advice for client coverage, credit, treasury management and capital markets.

Landau brings more than 25 years of experience in corporate banking and global leadership to Fifth Third. Before taking on the new role, he spearheaded relationship banking efforts in the U.S. and provided global coverage for U.S.-based clients as head of the Financial Institutions Group-America at Australia & New Zealand Banking Group.

“The Financial Institutions Group team of specialists understands the regulatory challenges and complex needs in this industry,” said Lars Anderson, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Fifth Third Bank. “By establishing a dedicated group with Josh at the helm, we’re in a position to deliver added value to the financial services industry.”

“Today’s ever-changing markets have challenged banks of all sizes to take a critical look at their balance sheets and seek out new ways to provide value-added services,” Landau said. “I’m excited to join an organization that recognizes the strong growth prospects in the U.S.”