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HSBC Appoints Native New Yorker to Key Upstate Regional Executive Position

20 April 2009

Andy Ireland named Executive Vice President and Regional President for Upstate Retail Banking.

METTAWA, Ill. - HSBC Bank USA, N.A. today announced that, effective immediately, it has appointed Andy Ireland Executive Vice President and Regional President for Upstate Retail Banking.

Andy Ireland

For this Buffalo based position, He succeeds Paulette Crooke, who recently accepted an international assignment within the bank. In his new role and for his ongoing responsibilities as Head of Premier Banking for HSBC Bank nationwide, he will continue to report directly to Kevin Martin, Executive Vice President, Personal Financial Services.

Ireland, 43, also continues in his current role as Managing Director for HSBC Securities (USA) Inc., where he heads the Wealth Management business, reporting to William Wong, Chief Executive Officer of HSBC Securities.

Ireland joined HSBC in 2006 to lead the joint efforts of the brokerage, Premier banking and insurance businesses. He has more than 21 years of experience in securities, insurance and banking, including most recently 14 years with JPMorgan Chase.

A native of Brockport, New York, Ireland is a graduate of St. Bonaventure University in Olean.

"As a native upstate New Yorker, Andy has a great understanding of both the people and businesses in that market," said Kevin Martin. "His presence there will be invaluable as we continue to serve our customers and pursue growth opportunities across the region."

Ireland added, "I have maintained my strong ties to upstate New York, and look forward to serving the region for HSBC. HSBC has always been proud of its leadership presence in the area and I am pleased to build on that legacy."

HSBC has more than 380 retail branches in New York State. It is one of the largest companies in the region with over 13,000 employees and more than five million customers.

About HSBC Bank USA, N.A.

HSBC Bank USA, N.A. has more than 470 bank branches throughout the United States, with over 380 in New York State. The Bank also operates in Florida, California, Washington D.C., Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Oregon, Washington, Maryland, Illinois, Connecticut and Virginia. HSBC is the principal subsidiary of HSBC USA Inc., an indirectly-held, wholly-owned subsidiary of HSBC North America Holdings Inc. HSBC USA Inc. is one of the nation's largest bank holding companies by assets.

Deposits in the United States are offered by HSBC Bank USA, N.A. Member FDIC.

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