Press Release

Chemical Bank Announces Director of Marketing

Company Release - 8/6/2007 5:19 PM ET

MIDLAND, Mich., Aug. 6, 2007 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) -- Chemical Bank Chairman David B. Ramaker today announced the appointment of John D. Hatfield as 1st Vice President, Director of Marketing.

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As Director of Marketing, Mr. Hatfield will be responsible for the development and execution of comprehensive marketing plans, both short term and long range, to support sales, revenue, profitability and market share objectives of Chemical Bank. His direction and oversight will extend throughout the banks 129 branch location network. "John's experience and educational background are an excellent fit with Chemical Bank. We look forward to his leadership in strengthening the strategic direction of our marketing efforts throughout the state," said Ramaker.

Prior to joining Chemical Bank, Mr. Hatfield was Director of Marketing for Blue Canyon Partners, Inc., a business-to-business growth strategy consulting firm, located in Skokie, Illinois and Marketing Manager at Watson Wyatt Worldwide, Chicago, Illinois. He is a 1994 graduate of Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and in 2002 received a Master of Business Administration degree from the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University.

Chemical Financial Corporation is the third-largest bank holding company headquartered in Michigan. The Company operates through a single subsidiary bank, Chemical Bank, with 129 banking offices spread over 31 counties in the lower peninsula of Michigan. At June 30, 2007, the Company had total assets of $3.78 billion. Chemical Financial Corporation common stock trades on The Nasdaq Stock Market under the symbol CHFC and is one of the issues comprising the Nasdaq Global Select Market.

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CONTACT:  Chemical BankDavid B. Ramaker, Chairman, CEO & President