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PeoplesBank President and CEO Retirement, Succession Plans Announced

Douglas Bowen will officially retire in July 2016; Thomas Senecal will become President and CEO at that time.

PeoplesBank Board of Directors has announced the July 2016 retirement of its current President and CEO, Douglas A. Bowen, and the appointment of Thomas W. Senecal as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.

Mr. Bowen joined PeoplesBank on August 8, 1975, as a teller in the management development program. He has since worked in almost every department at the bank. In 1986, he started the Commercial Lending Department and, in 2002, was named EVP & Chief Lending Officer. Mr. Bowen was named President and Chief Executive Officer in 2007 and since that time has led the bank to its current position as the leading community bank in the market with more than $2 billion in assets and a substantial track record of innovation, community support, environmental sustainability and employee engagement.

The Board also announced its succession plan, which calls for Mr. Senecal to become president at the bank’s annual meeting in February 2016. Mr. Bowen will become chairman and CEO at that time. Mr. Senecal will be named president and CEO in July 2016 when Mr. Bowen retires. During this transition, Mr. Bowen will remain active in his position and the bank’s management and strategy implementation.

A resident of South Hadley, Mr. Senecal, who currently serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at PeoplesBank, possesses over 25 years of progressive financial experience. In his current position, he has managed all accounting, financial reporting, and treasury and facility operations. Mr. Senecal has overseen asset growth of the bank from $460 million to $2.0 billion in 2015.

In addition to Mr. Senecal’s responsibility for the Finance Department, as the COO, he will oversee the Retail, Operations, Internal Control and Risk Oversight functions. Early next year, he will also be responsible for the Commercial and Consumer Lending, Cash Management and Human Resources functions.

Mr. Senecal holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He also attended the Tuck Executive Program at Dartmouth College. He is a Certified Public Accountant and is a United States Coast Guard veteran. Mr. Senecal currently serves on the boards of directors of Holyoke Community College, where he is Chair of the Investment Committee; Loomis Communities, Inc.; and the Hampshire Regional Chamber of Commerce. He also serves on the Advisory Council of the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and is a member of the Federal Home Loan Bank – Boston advisory panel.

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