SOURCE: Centrue Financial Corporation

September 26, 2011 16:15 ET

Richard "Chan" Peterson Named to Centrue Financial Corporation Board of Directors

ST. LOUIS, MO--(Marketwire - Sep 26, 2011) - Centrue Financial Corporation (OTCQB: TRUE) (PINKSHEETS: TRUE) Chairman Dennis J. McDonnell has announced the appointment of Richard "Chan" Peterson to the Centrue Financial Corporation and Centrue Bank Board of Directors.

"Chan will be an excellent complement and is a welcome addition to the current Board," remarked McDonnell on the appointment. "His banking experience and leadership, particularly in the areas of strategic planning, organizational restructuring and change management, has proven to be highly impactful to the organizations in which he has served. As we look to strengthen our franchise through a renewed focus on sales and service, Chan's strong retail and business banking background will undoubtedly be helpful as we also welcome him as a member of the Board of Directors of Centrue Bank, the Company's wholly-owned bank subsidiary."

With 30 plus years of executive leadership within high profile organizations, Peterson has most recently been the managing principal and co-founder of Hermitage Capital Partners, a start-up private equity venture formed to acquire, re-capitalize and aggregate troubled community banks in the Chicago market. He also served as EVP and Head of Community Banking with Banco Popular North America where he championed the development of a sales organization while leading organizational and operational changes that were key in increasing net income. He also served as EVP and New Jersey Market Manager for Fleet Bank, N.A.

Peterson was appointed to the holding company board in conjunction with the United States Department of the Treasury as the sole holder of the Company's Class C Fixed Rate Cumulative Perpetual Preferred Stock. Pursuant to the terms of this stock, the Treasury Department has the right to elect up to two members to the Board of Directors upon the deferral of six dividend payments. Members of the Board of Directors elected by the Treasury Department have the same fiduciary duties and obligations to all of the shareholders of Centrue Financial Corporation as any other member of the Board of Directors.

About the Company
Centrue Financial Corporation is a regional financial services company headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri and devotes special attention to personal service. The Company serves a market area which extends from the far western and southern suburbs of the Chicago metropolitan area across Central Illinois down to the metropolitan St. Louis area.

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