A banking veteran with strong community ties has been named to lead the Maine division of KeyBank.

Raymond T. “Chip” Kelley has been named Maine market president, according to a release from the bank. He will also maintain his current role as commercial sales leader for Maine, New Hampshire and eastern Massachusetts.

Kelley replaces Sterling Kozlowski, who died suddenly in June.

“Chip possesses extensive commercial banking experience, market knowledge and strong leadership qualities,” said E.J. Burke, co-president of Key Community Bank. “Together with his active involvement in the community, he is the ideal candidate to fill this role.”

Kelley is now the executive face of the bank in Maine. He will also partner closely with Key’s corporate responsibility group to develop and implement a community lending and investment strategy.

Kelley graduated from Colby College in Waterville and started his career in 1985 at Shawmut Bank in Boston. He joined KeyBank as commercial banking team leader for Key’s New England district in 2005, after 13 years at Bank of America in Portland.

A resident of Cape Elizabeth, he serves on the boards of North Atlantic Venture Capital Corp., Maine International Trade and the New England Ocean Cluster and as board member and treasurer of Maine and Co., Maine Technology Institute and Piper Shores. He also serves on the finance committee of the United Way of Greater Portland.

The bank has about 40 locations throughout the state.

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