Ohio Bank Names New CEO

Sept. 13, 2018 — Farmers & Merchants Bancorp, Inc. (“F&M”) (Nasdaq: FMAO), the holding company for Farmers & Merchants State Bank, announced today that Lars B. Eller has been appointed as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Bank. As previously reported, F&M formed a search committee and engaged Kaplan Partners in May of this year to identify a successor to Paul Siebenmorgen, the current President and CEO of the F&M and the Bank, as he approaches retirement.

Mr. Eller earned his Bachelor degree from Concordia University, Montreal, Canada and Master of Business Administration from McGill University, Montreal, Canada. Mr. Eller started in banking with TD Bank Financial Group as a management trainee, and then moved on to be assistant manager, lender, fund sales representative, branch manager, underwriting manager, and area manager, before moving on to a successful career with progressively larger leadership roles at National City Bank. Mr. Eller then returned to TD Bank as Head of Wealth Management and then Senior Vice President of retail banking in Pennsylvania. He departed TD Bank to become director of sales and marketing at Clarity Advantage Corporation before joining Royal Bank America in 2013 as Executive Vice President and Chief Retail Banking Officer. Royal Bank America was a $900 million asset publicly held community bank based in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area prior to its acquisition in 2017. Most recently he has worked as a consultant for Cambridge Savings Bank. Mr. Eller has a son and twin daughters. He enjoys hockey and soccer.

Kevin Sauder, Chairman of the Search Committee stated that “We are very pleased to have found in Lars a personable and talented banker who has experience at both large national and regional banks as well as community banks like F&M. We look forward to welcoming him as a part of the F&M family.” Mr. Eller stated “I am very excited to join a strong and growing community bank and am anxious to get started and work closely with our employees to better understand the customers and communities served by F&M.”

Paul Siebenmorgen, President and CEO of F&M, said “I have had an opportunity to meet with Lars and think he will be a good fit for F&M. I look forward to working with him during this transitionary period.” Mr. Siebenmorgen will remain as President and CEO of F&M until his retirement from that position, which is anticipated in early 2019. At that point, Mr. Eller will assume the additional office of President and CEO of F&M. It is anticipated that Mr. Siebenmorgen will remain on the Board of Directors of F&M after his retirement as an officer of the Company.

About Farmers & Merchants Bancorp, Inc.: Farmers & Merchants Bancorp, Inc., Archbold, Ohio, is the holding company of Farmers & Merchants State Bank, which was established in 1897. The Bank serves the financial needs of individuals, farmers, businesses, and industries by offering traditional banking products, as well as online, mobile and telephone banking products. F&M’s common shares are traded on the NASDAQ Capital Market exchange under the symbol “FMAO.” Additional information on F&M may be found on its website: www.fm.bank.com.

NACD Announces Five New Directors

August 24, 2018 PHILADELPHIA, PA – The National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) Philadelphia Chapter announces the addition of five highly regarded leaders to its Board of Directors. Nominating and Governance Committee Chairman Alan J. Kaplan of Kaplan Partners stated, “Our Nominating and Governance Committee explored many quality prospective board members, and worked long and hard to identify this diverse group of talented leaders. The collective experiences of these new board members span public companies, private businesses, not-for-profit organizations, institutional investors, the public sector and private-equity controlled firms. This group will contribute mightily to the ongoing success of the NACD Philadelphia Chapter.”
The new Board Members include:

Glenn Booraem, Principal and Investment Stewardship Officer, The Vanguard Group, Inc.
James P. Dunigan, President, The Union League of Philadelphia; Director, Provident Financial Services, Inc. and Provident Bank, Economy League of Philadelphia
Hon. Timothy A. Reese, Managing Director, Investment Banking, Quoin Capital, LLC; Director, PA Public School Employees’ Retirement System, Farol Asset Management; Former Treasurer, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Patricia D. Wellenbach, President and CEO, Please Touch Museum; Director, StoneMor Partners L.P., Thomas Jefferson University
Arlene Yocum, Director, AK Steel Holding Corporation; Former Executive Vice President and Managing Executive of Client Service, PNC Wealth Management

Chapter President and Acting Chairman Howard Brownstein added, “I look forward to leading the Chapter with the strong support of our talented board members. We will endeavor to continue to provide world-class programming and governance resources to the local director community. The addition of these five highly respected leaders will help to further grow the NACD Philadelphia Chapter and its impact throughout our region.”

The NACD Philadelphia Chapter serves NACD members throughout the Philadelphia region and greater Delaware Valley. To learn more about upcoming chapter programs, visit https://philadelphia.nacdonline.org/Events/ or contact Cassandra Brown, Executive Director, at cassieb1235@gmail.com.

The National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) empowers more than 19,000 directors to lead with confidence in the boardroom. As the recognized authority on leading boardroom practices, NACD helps boards strengthen investor trust and public confidence by ensuring that today’s directors are well prepared for tomorrow’s challenges. World-class boards join NACD to elevate performance, gain foresight, and instill confidence. Fostering collaboration among directors, investors, and corporate governance stakeholders, NACD has been setting the standard for board leadership for more than 40 years. To learn more about NACD, visit www.NACDonline.org.

Sandy Spring Bank Appoints Chief Risk Officer

Olney, MD, July 12, 2018 — Sandy Spring Bank (NASDAQ: SASR) announced today that Kevin Slane has joined the company as Executive Vice President and Chief Risk Officer. This is a newly created position at the bank and an addition to the bank’s executive management team. Slane will lead the continued development of the bank’s risk management program and will focus on safely enabling business strategies to drive Sandy Spring Bank’s long-term success.

“As we continue to expand our presence throughout the region, we want to ensure that we are well positioned to seize new opportunities to grow and better serve our clients. In order to do so, we must manage risk in a way that aligns with our vision and culture,” said Daniel J. Schrider, President and CEO of Sandy Spring Bank. “This is a strategic and proactive investment in our risk management structure, and I look forward to working with Kevin to further strengthen this critical capability.”

With more than 30 years of experience, Slane is an accomplished financial services executive. He joins Sandy Spring Bank from Hancock Whitney Bank in the Gulf South where he was responsible for enterprise risk management and operational risk. Prior to that position, Slane was the corporate risk director for First Horizon Corporation in Memphis, TN.

“Sandy Spring Bank is a purpose driven and values based organization that is truly client and community focused. It is what differentiates our company and what attracted me to join the bank,” said Slane. “I am excited to be a part of the team and to further develop a risk management program that will enable growth and build on the bank’s 150 year legacy of serving individuals, families and businesses across this region.”

Earlier this year Sandy Spring Bank completed the acquisition of WashingtonFirst Bank, making it the largest, locally-headquartered community bank in the Greater Washington Region. This year also marks the bank’s 150th anniversary. In recognition of this milestone, the bank officially launched the Sandy Spring Bank Foundation. “This is an exciting and pivotal time for us, so it is fitting that we continue to build on this positive momentum and welcome Kevin to the Sandy Spring Bank family,” concluded Schrider.

Sandy Spring Bancorp, Inc., headquartered in Olney, Maryland, is the holding company for Sandy Spring Bank. Independent and community-oriented, Sandy Spring Bank offers a broad range of commercial banking, retail banking, mortgage and trust services throughout central Maryland, Northern Virginia, and the greater Washington, D.C. market. Through its subsidiaries, Sandy Spring Insurance Corporation and West Financial Services, Inc., Sandy Spring Bank also offers a comprehensive menu of insurance and wealth management services.

WSFS Announces CEO Successor

Wilmington, DE, July 11, 2018 — WSFS Financial Corporation (NASDAQ: WSFS), the parent company of WSFS Bank, announced that effective January 1, 2019, Mark A. Turner, Chairman, President and CEO, will become the Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors and that Rodger Levenson, WSFS’ Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, will become the Company’s President and Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board.

As Executive Chairman, Mr. Turner will lead the Board of Directors with Lead Independent Director Eleuthère I. du Pont and facilitate the seamless transition to Mr. Levenson. He will also leverage his decades of experience in and knowledge of local markets and the banking industry to serve as an external champion for the Company, further enhance WSFS’ culture and reputation, and help shape the next chapter of the Bank’s growth story.

Mr. Turner, born and raised in Philadelphia and a lifelong resident of several communities in the Delaware Valley, was appointed WSFS’ President and CEO in April 2007 and has served in management for more than 22 years, including two decades as a member of the executive leadership team. In over 11 years as WSFS’ Chief Executive, a period that includes the Great Recession, he and his leadership team helped the Company and its many communities to grow and prosper. Mr. Turner and his team steadfastly executed WSFS’ strategy of Associate and Customer engagement and made significant investments, which strengthened the communities the Bank serves and substantially increased market share and returns for WSFS Owners.

Mr. Levenson is also a lifelong resident of the Delaware Valley and has more than 32 years of local banking experience. He joined WSFS in 2006 and has served in various executive leadership roles, including Chief Commercial Banking Officer (2006-2015) and interim Chief Financial Officer (2015-2016). Most recently, from June 2016 to August 2017, as Chief Corporate Development Officer, Mr. Levenson led cross-functional teams to evaluate, negotiate and integrate many mergers, acquisitions and large capital transactions. And since August 2017, he has led the Company’s executive leadership team as Chief Operating Officer and has assumed other executive responsibilities as Mr. Turner’s deputy. Mr. Levenson has also been a key member of WSFS’ investor relations team over the last decade.

Lead Independent Director Eleuthère I. du Pont said, “This transition is part of our thoughtful, deliberate, and continual Board and executive management succession planning process. We are incredibly grateful to Mark for his leadership and we are very pleased to appoint him as our Executive Chairman. The Board enthusiastically supports Rodger, who helped Mark lead these efforts, as Rodger builds on our momentum, fosters new thinking and positions WSFS for even more success.”

Mr. Turner continued, “I am excited for WSFS and for Rodger. The Board helped develop Rodger, evaluated him, and unanimously and enthusiastically selected him to lead WSFS to an even brighter future. He is the right person for the job, is a natural fit, and he will mold the next generation of WSFS leaders. I look forward to the next phase of my service to WSFS, and helping Rodger and WSFS become more successful than ever. I am also eager to explore and take on new challenges in my life.”

“It is truly an honor to carry forward our strategy and lead the organization that Mark and our leadership team have built,” said Mr. Levenson. “I am humbled by the trust that Mark and our Board have in me and I am grateful to our highly talented WSFS Associates who deliver on our mission every single day. Working together, we will continue to grow, innovate and invest in our Associates and technology to meet the rapidly changing expectations of our Customers.”

Mr. Levenson earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from Temple University and a Master of Business Administration from Drexel University. He began his banking career in 1986 in Philadelphia at CoreStates Financial (now part of Wells Fargo) and held a number of leadership roles during his 17-year tenure. He then became a member of Citizens Bank’s regional senior leadership team in 2003 and served in that capacity until he joined WSFS in 2006. He reinforced his leadership experiences with certifications from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, Center for Creative Leadership, and Harvard Business School. As a committed and active member of his community, Mr. Levenson currently serves on the Boards of Directors for the United Way of Delaware and the Wilmington Housing Partnership, and is a member of the Board of Governors for the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce. He also served as Chairman of the Delaware Bankers Association.

WSFS Financial Corporation is a multi-billion dollar financial services company. Its primary subsidiary, WSFS Bank, is the oldest and largest locally-managed bank and trust company headquartered in Delaware and the Delaware Valley. As of March 31, 2018, WSFS Financial Corporation had $7.0 billion in assets on its balance sheet and $19.1 billion in assets under management and administration. WSFS operates from 77 offices located in Delaware (46), Pennsylvania (29), Virginia (1) and Nevada (1) and provides comprehensive financial services including commercial banking, retail banking, cash management and trust and wealth management. Other subsidiaries or divisions include Christiana Trust, WSFS Wealth Investments, Cypress Capital Management, LLC, West Capital Management, Powdermill Financial Solutions, Cash Connect®, WSFS Mortgage and Arrow Land Transfer. Serving the Delaware Valley since 1832, WSFS Bank is one of the ten oldest banks in the United States continuously operating under the same name. For more information, please visit wsfsbank.com.

Univest Names President of Mortgage Banking

May 18, 2018 Univest Bank and Trust Co. recently appointed Brian Grzebin as president of its mortgage banking division. In this role, Grzebin will be responsible for the division’s growth strategy, operational efficiency and results along with overseeing sales, loan fulfillment, and loan delivery.

Grzebin brings more than 20 years of experience in the financial services industry to his role, most recently as executive vice president of national operations at Guaranteed Rate Affinity, a joint venture between Guaranteed Rate Inc. and Realogy. Grzebin is a graduate of Wilkes University where he earned a bachelor’s degree. He also holds his NMLS license. Grzebin resides in Marlton, New Jersey with his wife and two children.

Univest Corporation of Pennsylvania (NASDAQ: UVSP), including its wholly-owned subsidiary Univest Bank and Trust Co., has approximately $4.6 billion in assets and $3.4 billion in assets under management and supervision through its Wealth Management lines of business as of March 31, 2018. Headquartered in Souderton, Pa. and founded in 1876, the Corporation and its subsidiaries provide a full range of financial solutions for individuals, businesses, municipalities and nonprofit organizations in the Mid-Atlantic Region. Univest delivers these services through a network of more than 50 offices in southeastern Pennsylvania extending to the Lehigh Valley and Lancaster, as well as in New Jersey and Maryland and online at www.univest.net.

Bob Brown Joins Kaplan Partners

Kaplan Partners is pleased to announce that Robert L. “Bob” Brown has joined the firm, after a 39 year career with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), including 28 as a Partner. During his career with PwC, Bob provided the vision and leadership for, and directly managed, board-level client solutions across a range of industries. With Kaplan Partners, Bob will lend his expertise to the firm’s Board Advisory Services, as well as the CEO and Financial Officers Search Practice areas.

Bob was recently elected to the Board of Directors of County Savings Bank in Essington, PA. He also serves as Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees of Lehigh University, and as a board member of the Philadelphia Zoo. In addition, Bob was recently recognized by the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) as a Governance Fellow, the highest standard of credentialing for directors and governance professionals. NACD Fellowship includes a comprehensive and continuous program of study that empowers Fellows with the latest insights, intelligence, and leading boardroom practices. He is an active member of NACD Philadelphia.

Bob earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Lehigh University.

Aqua America Announces Leadership Changes

BRYN MAWR, Pa. – Apr. 30, 2018– Aqua America Inc. (NYSE: WTR) Chairman and CEO Christopher H. Franklin announced several changes in the senior management team stemming from the scheduled retirement of Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer David Smeltzer.

Smeltzer will retire in October after a 32-year career with Aqua. Daniel Schuller, who is currently serving as EVP, strategy and corporate development, will succeed Smeltzer as CFO, with an immediate appointment as deputy CFO until Smeltzer’s formal retirement. Matthew Rhodes will join the company to fill Schuller’s current role as EVP, strategy and corporate development. To round out Franklin’s executive team, Christina Kelly will join the company as senior vice president and chief human resources officer.

In the CFO role, Schuller will oversee all financial functions including accounting, tax, treasury, planning, and capital spending. He has served in his current role at Aqua since August 2015, where he is responsible for developing, communicating, and executing Aqua’s strategic initiatives, with an emphasis on growth. Prior to joining Aqua, Schuller spent eight years with J.P. Morgan Asset Management – Infrastructure Investments Group. Rhodes will join Aqua in June after spending 11 years within the Investment Banking Division at Goldman Sachs, where he was a managing director with lead coverage responsibility for over 25 regulated electric and gas utility clients.

Also joining the Aqua senior leadership team is Kelly, who will serve as senior vice president and chief human resources officer. Most recently vice president of human resources for AmerisourceBergen Corporation, Kelly brings with her 14 years of experience leading human resources teams and executing on business strategies for corporate organizations. She will begin her new role May 21.

“At Aqua, we deeply value our employees and their contributions toward our mission of protecting and providing Earth’s most essential resource,” said Franklin. “Christina is well-equipped to provide experienced leadership to our human resources efforts aimed at ensuring we’ve got all the tools in place to support our team and our culture.”

In their new posts, Schuller, Rhodes and Kelly will all report to Franklin.

Aqua America is one of the largest U.S.-based, publicly traded water utilities and serves nearly 3 million people in Pennsylvania, Ohio, North Carolina, Illinois, Texas, New Jersey, Indiana and Virginia. Aqua America is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol WTR. Visit AquaAmerica.com for more information.

Accenture’s Roxanne Taylor Appointed to AESC Global Board of Directors

Accenture’s Roxanne Taylor Appointed to AESC Global Board of Directors
https://www.aesc.org/insights/press-releases/accentures-roxanne-taylor-appointed-aesc-global-board-directors

Former Chief Marketing & Communications Officer at Accenture, Taylor Brings Brand Vision and Digital-First Expertise to Global Executive Search and Leadership Consulting Association.

The Association of Executive Search and Leadership Consultants (AESC) has appointed Roxanne Taylor, formerly chief marketing & communications officer at Accenture, to its board as an independent director. The AESC Global Board of Directors combines elected representatives from each of AESC’s three Regional Councils: Americas; Asia Pacific and Middle East; Europe and Africa, with now two independent directors. Taylor is only the second independent director appointed to the AESC Board in the association’s nearly 60-year history, after the appointment of Stefan Spang of McKinsey & Company in 2017.

Based in New York, Taylor spent the past 23 years at Accenture, serving as the company’s chief marketing & communications officer for more than 10 years. She was instrumental in shaping Accenture as a global, market-leading brand, and more recently, actualizing the company’s digital-first and innovation-led strategy. Taylor’s passion for technology and her ability to drive innovation in brand-building led to her success in developing new digital platforms at Accenture, where she led a global team of more than 1,000 marketing and communications professionals and served as a member of Accenture’s Global Management Committee.

Paul Benson, AESC Board Chair and Regional Market Leader, Europe Middle East & Africa, Global Industrial Market at Korn Ferry, commented, “Roxanne’s deep expertise in global marketing and branding, Professional Services, as well as digital innovation will provide a critical perspective to the AESC Board as we continue to focus on the digital transformations of both the organizations we serve and our own profession.”

Prior to joining Accenture in 1995, Taylor held business, investor relations and marketing roles for Reuters, Citicorp, Credit Suisse and the Deak-Perera Group. Named as one of Forbes’ “World’s Most Influential CMOs,” she is a member of the Marketing 50, Arthur W. Page Society, The Committee of 200 and Women’s Forum of New York. She previously served on the board of the Ad Council and currently serves on the Business Committee of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Taylor stated: “I’m delighted to join the board for the association of the executive search and leadership consulting profession which has such an important impact on organizations worldwide. As the already rapid rate of change continues to accelerate due to technological advancements—agility, foresight and entrepreneurial thinking will guide tomorrow’s most successful businesses. I look forward to helping shape the future course and strategy of AESC—in turn serving its global members and the clients they serve with the insights I have gleaned over the course of my career at Accenture and beyond.”

Taylor’s appointment follows a search process managed by AESC’s Nominating and Governance committee, chaired by Krista Walochik, AESC Board Chair Emeritus and Chair at executive search and leadership advisory firm Talengo/The Global Community for Leaders (TGCL), headquartered in Madrid. The AESC Board of Directors ensures that AESC membership represents the highest quality standard in the executive search and leadership consulting profession globally. “Roxanne will bring an integral outside perspective to the board as we navigate new opportunities in an era of rapid business transformation and innovation,” stated Walochik.
For inquiries please contact:

Joe Chappell
AESC
+1 646 757 5492
jchappell@aesc.org

Samuel Hyland
Accenture
+1 917 452 5184
samuel.hyland@accenture.com

About the Association of Executive Search and Leadership Consultants

AESC is the voice of excellence for the executive search and leadership consulting profession worldwide. Its rigorous Code of Professional Practice guides members in nearly 1,300 offices in 74 countries and beyond to serve as strategic advisors on behalf of their clients. In turn, AESC members are best positioned to provide companies with a competitive advantage—the ability to find, attract and develop the best talent in the world and ensure that executives are successfully integrated. Visit us at www.aesc.org.

Equity Bank Names Executives

Equity Bank Names Executives

March 21, 2018 Equity Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ: EQBK), the Wichita-based parent company of Equity Bank, announced the hiring of Craig Anderson, who is being named as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, and Craig Mayo, who is being named as Executive Vice President and Chief Credit Officer. In his new role, Mr. Mayo will oversee Equity’s credit administration and loan operations personnel, processes, and decisions throughout Equity’s four-state footprint encompassing 42 bank locations. Mayo joins Equity after serving as Executive Vice President and Chief Credit Officer for Investors Community Bank in Manitowoc, Wisconsin. Mayo also will be named to Equity’s senior leadership team and will be based in Wichita.

Mr. Anderson will oversee commercial banking divisions in Equity’s metropolitan markets of Kansas City, Tulsa, and Wichita. Anderson will join Equity’s senior leadership team and will help lead the Company’s organic growth, business development, commercial lending and sales strategies. Anderson joins Equity after 31 years in various executive and leadership roles at UMB Bank in Kansas City, where he most recently served as President of UMB’s Commercial Banking – Eastern Region.

Brad Elliott, Chairman and CEO of Equity, said, “As our Company grows, we’re pleased to welcome additional team members who add considerable community banking expertise, leadership, and vision for organic growth to our leadership teams. Craig Anderson will be an outstanding resource for our metro market customers, bankers, and colleagues. Craig Mayo will be an immediate asset as our Chief Credit Officer, and will continue our focus on high credit quality and customer experience.”

Mr. Anderson served as President, Commercial Banking – Eastern Region for UMB beginning in 2017, overseeing commercial banking divisions in Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Illinois. Anderson managed national specialty lending businesses and developed products and strategies for specialty agribusiness, health care and aviation lines. Prior to this, he served as President, Commercial Banking beginning in 2011 in Kansas City, Missouri and President, Regional Banking in Denver, Colorado. Mr. Anderson also served as Chairman and CEO of UMB National Bank of America in Salina, Kansas from 2001 through 2009, operating out of Wichita. Anderson is an alumnus of the University of Colorado – Graduate School of Banking in Boulder, Colorado and a graduate of Southwestern College in Winfield, Kansas. He has been involved in numerous community involvement efforts, including the Greater Kansas City and Mile High United Way chapters, service on the executive committee of YPO Gold, and has served as a board member and held key leadership positions with Music Theater of Wichita, Junior Achievement of Wichita, and Arts Partners of Wichita.

Mr. Mayo served as Executive Vice President and Chief Credit Officer for Investors beginning in 2014, overseeing the bank’s overall credit quality and played a key role in helping the bank grow from two branches and $757 million of assets in 2013 to four branches and $1.4 billion of assets in 2017. Prior to joining Investors in 2011, Mr. Mayo served as a Vice President and Special Loans Officer with Citizens Bank in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Mayo has spent more than 30 years in the financial industry, including roles in mortgage origination and commercial lending as well as credit analyst, loan review officer, and special assets. Mr. Mayo began his banking career with Northfield Savings Bank in 1984. Mr. Mayo graduated from the Wisconsin Graduate School of Banking in 2016, and the Agricultural Lending School at the School of Banking in Topeka, Kansas, and he is an alumnus of Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont.

Equity Bancshares, Inc. is the holding company for Equity Bank, offering a full range of financial solutions, including commercial loans, consumer banking, mortgage loans, and treasury management services. As of December 31, 2017, Equity had $3.2 billion in consolidated total assets, with 42 locations throughout Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas and Oklahoma, including corporate headquarters in Wichita. www.equitybank.com.

First Defiance Elects 3 to Board of Directors

First Defiance Elects 3 to Board of Directors

DEFIANCE, Ohio, January 8, 2018 — First Defiance Financial Corp. (NASDAQ: FDEF), the holding company for First Federal Bank of the Midwest and First Insurance Group, today announced that Terri Bettinger, TK Herman and Mark Robison were appointed to the Company’s Board of Directors.

“Each of our new board members possesses a deep understanding of how innovation leads to exceptional results and complements our desire to be a high-performing community bank,” said William J. Small, Chairman of the Board of First Defiance. “Their extensive experience in leadership, community involvement and technology will be instrumental in First Defiance’s momentum for growth in a competitive industry.”

Bettinger mostly recently served as Chief Information Officer at Franklin County Data Center in Columbus, Ohio. She is highly accomplished and has had a successful career in leading the delivery of valuable technology solutions for Franklin County Data Center, Citigroup, JP Morgan Chase and other organizations. As a First Defiance Board Member, Bettinger will serve on the Audit, Compensation and Risk committees.

Herman currently serves as Co-Founder and President of Aptera. Based in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Aptera helps companies drive growth, increase revenue and gain efficiencies by leveraging the best aspects of agile development and digital sales/marketing. Aptera’s excellence and proven track-record in delivering ROI for its clients has allowed it to grow into a 90-person company servicing clients across the country. As a First Defiance Board Member, Herman will serve on the Corporate Governance, Risk and Investment committees.

Robison currently serves as Chairman and President of Brotherhood Mutual Insurance Company headquartered in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Under Robison’s leadership, the company has increased its national footprint from 29 to 46 states and added more than 10,000 ministries to its customer base. In addition, Robison serves on the Board of Directors for Fort Wayne Rescue Mission Ministries. As a First Defiance Board Member, Robison will serve on the Audit and Corporate Governance committee and on the Board of First Insurance Group.

About First Defiance Financial Corp.
First Defiance Financial Corp. (NASDAQ:FDEF), headquartered in Defiance, Ohio, is the holding company for First Federal Bank of the Midwest, First Insurance Group and Corporate One Benefits. With $3 billion in assets, First Federal Bank operates 42 full-service branches and numerous ATM locations in northwest and central Ohio, southeast Michigan and northeast Indiana, and a loan production office in Ann Arbor, Michigan. First Insurance Group, including its division Corporate One Benefits, is a full-service insurance agency with ten offices throughout northwest Ohio. For more information, visit the company’s website at www.fdef.com.