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David Harnisch

President, Commercial Finance

David Harnisch is president of Commercial Finance with responsibility for CIT's corporate and leveraged financing to middle market companies, including CIT's key industry verticals of Healthcare, Power & Energy, Technology, Media & Telecommunications, Aerospace & Defense, Government Contracting, Gaming, and Retail. He is also responsible for capital markets, asset management, middle market banking, asset-backed and asset-based lending, factoring and real estate financing, and is a member of the company's Executive Management Committee.

Most recently, Harnisch was executive vice president and head of Commercial Banking at Santander Bank. Prior to joining Santander, he was executive vice president and head of Commercial Banking Underwriting & Portfolio Management at Citizens Financial Group. He also held positions as the head of Leveraged Finance and head of Underwriting and Execution for Healthcare and Technology Banking at RBS Citizens.

Earlier in his career, Harnisch spent nine years at CIT in Sponsor Finance, Asset Management and Problem Loan Management. His commercial banking and asset management career spans 27 years and began at Chase Manhattan Bank. Harnisch has a bachelor’s degree from Boston College and an MBA from New York University.