CIT Group, a lender to small businesses and middle-market companies which emerged from bankruptcy earlier this month, announced today that its chief financial officer, Joseph Leone, will retire on April 30, 2010, and that four new directors have been appointed to its board.

Michael Embler, Arthur Newman, Daniel Ninivaggi and R. Brad Oates have been appointed by the company’s board to serve as directors, which now consists of 11 directors and Chairman and Chief Executive Jeffrey Peek, who is stepping down at the end of the year. The appointments were effective Friday.

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