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Citizens Financial Group, Inc. honors colleagues during 16th celebration of Colleague Appreciation Week

120 colleagues with 25 years of service honored with bricks that become a permanent part of One Citizens Plaza

Providence, R.I.   (September 14, 2009) - Citizens Financial Group, Inc. is hosting its 16th annual Colleague Appreciation Week from September 14 to 18, 2009. Colleague Appreciation Week is held at Citizens each year to recognize the efforts of the company’s colleagues. Providence Mayor David Cicilline joined Citizens’ executives at this event recognizing colleagues.

The week began with Citizens’ 11th annual Brick Dedication on Monday, September 14 at Citizens’ headquarters, One Citizens Plaza in Providence. This year, 120 colleagues and retirees with 25 years of service with the company will have their names inscribed on bricks that will be installed in the plaza as a permanent part of the Citizens history.   Rhode Island colleague William Field is celebrating his 50th anniversary with the company and received a special second brick at the ceremony to mark this occasion.

“Colleague Appreciation Week recognizes the commitment our colleagues have to our customers, each other and the community,” said Ellen Alemany, Chairman and CEO of Citizens Financial Group and RBS Americas. “This is a special time to celebrate our colleagues for their hard work and dedication, and to recognize their significant contribution and value to the Citizens family.”

This year’s theme for the week – “Taking the Time to Thank You” – is being complemented by a week full of activities and events. Colleagues in Rhode Island will enjoy events such as community service projects, games and themed days.

About Citizens Financial Group, Inc.

Citizens Financial Group, Inc. is a $153 billion commercial bank holding company. It is headquartered in Providence, R.I., and, through its subsidiaries, has 1,480 branches, approximately 3,600 ATMs and approximately 23,000 employees. Its two bank subsidiaries are RBS Citizens, N.A. and Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania. They operate a 12-state branch network under the Citizens Bank brand in Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont, and the Charter One brand in Illinois, Michigan and Ohio. CFG has non-branch retail and commercial offices in about 40 states. It is one of the 10 largest commercial banking companies in the United States ranked by assets as of March 30, 2009. CFG is owned by RBS (The Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc).