Huntington Bancshares named Jana Litsey general counsel, following the retirement of Richard Cheap at the end of the year after 19 years in the position.

Litsey will join Huntington from Bank of America, where she served in multiple leadership roles for more than 20 years. In her new role, Litsey will be only the third general counsel at Huntington. Litsey will join Huntington’s executive leadership team and report to Stephen D. Steinour, chairman, CEO and president of Huntington.

“Jana is a widely-respected leader within our industry and the legal community with a very impressive track record and broad set of experiences. She is an excellent attorney and counselor, and I’m very pleased to welcome her to Huntington,” Steinour said. “She appreciates our mission to look out for people and I’m confident she will lead our legal team and the bank well into the future.”

Litsey, who brings 30 years of legal experience to her new role, said, “I’m excited to join Huntington, an organization positioned for dynamic growth. I’ve been extremely impressed with Huntington’s culture, distinctive customer-friendly products, focus on customer service and advocacy and disciplined business strategy. I am looking forward to contributing to Huntington’s continued success.”

Cheap is retiring after nearly two decades at Huntington and more than 36 years as an attorney. He led Huntington and its legal team through many successful acquisitions, including its largest-ever with FirstMerit last year.