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Western New England Bancorp Inc (WNEB.O)

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Christos Tapases

58 2018 Independent Chairman of the Board

James Hagan

57 2009 President, Chief Executive Officer, Director

William Wagner

71 2016 Vice Chairman of the Board and Chief Business Development Officer

Guida Sajdak

45 2017 Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer

Allen Miles

55 2008 Executive Vice President

Kevin O'Connor

58 2017 Executive Vice President and Chief Banking Officer

Darlene Libiszewski

52 2016 Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer

Leo Sagan

55 2016 Senior Vice President, Chief Risk Officer

Gerald Ciejka

57 2015 Senior Vice President of Human Resources, General Counsel

Louis Gorman

58 2015 Senior Vice President - Credit Administration, Chief Credit Officer

Cidalia Inacio

62 2016 Senior Vice President of Retail Banking

Deborah McCarthy

58 2016 Senior Vice President

Laura Benoit

51 2014 Independent Director

Donna Damon

59 2011 Independent Director

Gary Fitzgerald

51 2016 Independent Director

William Masse

62 2016 Independent Director

Lisa McMahon

59 2014 Independent Director

Gregg Orlen

68 2016 Independent Director

Paul Picknelly

57 2016 Independent Director

Steven Richter

62 2011 Independent Director

Philip Smith

61 2009 Independent Director

Kevin Sweeney

52 2013 Independent Director

Biographies

Name Description

Christos Tapases

Mr. Christos A. Tapases is Independent Chairman of the Board of the company. Mr. Tapases is a Principal at Corbin & Tapases, P.C., and has been practicing public accounting since 1982. Mr. Tapases joined the firm in 1984 after gaining valuable experience with Arthur Andersen & Co. Mr. Tapases has been a certified public accountant since 1987 and is also the Plans and Training Officer for the City of Westfield Emergency Management Agency. Mr. Tapases received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from American International College. Mr. Tapases’ management and accounting experience as a certified public accountant provides him with the qualifications and skills to serve as a director.

James Hagan

Mr. James C. Hagan is President, Chief Executive Officer, Director of Westfield Financial Inc. Mr. Hagan served as Chief Operating Officer of the Company and Westfield Bank from June 2005 until December 2008. Prior to that, he served as Senior Vice President and Commercial Loan Department Manager of Westfield Bank from 1998. From 1994 through 1998, Mr. Hagan was a Vice President at Westfield Bank. Prior to 1994, Mr. Hagan worked as a commercial lender and manager at other New England based banking institutions. He received a Bachelor of Science from Westfield State College and received a Masters of Business Administration from American International College. Mr. Hagan’s expertise in credit administration, commercial lending and management through his various roles within the Company and within other New England based banking institutions provides him with the qualifications and skills to serve as a director.

William Wagner

Mr. William J. Wagner is Vice Chairman of the Board and Chief Business Development Officer of the company. Prior to the merger, Mr. Wagner served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Chicopee Savings Bank since 1984 and the President and the Chairman of the Board of Chicopee Bancorp, Inc., since its formation in 2006. Mr. Wagner continues to serve the president of the Chicopee Savings Bank Charitable Foundation since its inception in 2006. Mr. Wagner is well known and respected in the Massachusetts and Connecticut banking industry and throughout the Western Massachusetts community through his active leadership roles and participation on the boards of many banking, civic and philanthropic organizations. He currently serves as a director for the following organizations: Center for Financial Training (Chairman), the Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts, the Westmass Area Development Corporation and the Eastern States Exposition (Vice Chairman). He is an active member of several organizations. Mr. Wagner previously served on the boards of BankersBank Northeast, the Savings Bank Employee Retirement Association, the Depositors Insurance Fund of Massachusetts, the Holyoke Community College, the Sisters of Providence Health Systems and the Elms College. Many recognition awards have been bestowed upon Legacy Chicopee Savings Bank and/or Mr. Wagner for his leadership and direction of that bank’s philanthropic support. He is the recipient of The Warren Group/Banker & Tradesman’s Community Bank Hero’s Award, the Chicopee Boys & Girls Club’s Prescott Founders Award, the Bishops’ Catholic Schools Award from the Diocese of Springfield, the EXCEL Award from the Chicopee Council on Aging, the Paul Harris Fellowship Award from the Rotary of West Springfield, the First Annual Presidential Award from the Elms College, the Cathedral High School Distinguished Alumni Award, the Holyoke Community College Distinguished Service Award, and multiple non-profit humanitarian awards. Mr. Wagner is a graduate of Wes

Guida Sajdak

Mrs. Guida R. Sajdak is Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of the Company. Mrs. Sajdak had served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Risk Officer of the Company and Westfield Bank since October 2016. Previously, Mrs. Sajdak served as the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Legacy Chicopee Bancorp, Inc., and Legacy Chicopee Savings Bank where she held the position since 2010. Mrs. Sajdak served Chicopee Savings Bank in various capacities since 1989 including that of Internal Auditor and Commercial Lender.

Allen Miles

Mr. Allen J. Miles, III, is Executive Vice President of the company. Prior to that, Mr. Miles served as Senior Vice President and Senior Lender of the Company and Westfield Bank since August 2005. From 1998 to 2005 he served as Vice President and Commercial Loan Officer.

Kevin O'Connor

Mr. Kevin C. O'Connor is the Executive Vice President and Chief Banking Officer of the company. Previously he held the position of Senior Vice President of Retail Banking since February 2015 and served as Vice President since 2010. Mr. O’Connor has over twenty-five years’ experience in retail and branch banking and had previously worked at both national and regional banking institutions as a Vice President and regional manager of retail banking and sales, including small business sales.

Darlene Libiszewski

Ms. Darlene Libiszewski, serves as Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer. Ms. Libiszewski has been serving in her current position since October 2016. Previously, Ms. Libiszewski served as the Senior Vice President of Information Technology for Legacy Chicopee Savings Bank where she held the position since December 2007.

Leo Sagan

Mr. Leo R. Sagan, Jr., is Senior Vice President, Chief Risk Officer of Westfield Financial Inc. Previously, Mr. Sagan served as the Chief Financial Officer of the Company and Westfield Bank since December 2008, as Vice President and Controller of the Company and Westfield Bank since 2003, as Controller of the Company and Westfield Bank from 2002 to 2003 and as Assistant Treasurer of the Company and Westfield Bank from 1999 to 2002.

Gerald Ciejka

Mr. Gerald P. Ciejka is Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Director of Human Resources of the Company and Westfield Bank. Prior to 2005, Mr. Ciejka was a partner at the Springfield, Massachusetts, law firm of Bulkley, Richardson and Gelinas in the business organization and real estate departments. From 1997 to 2004, he served as branch manager and senior underwriting counsel for First American Title Insurance Company and Chicago Title Insurance Company.

Louis Gorman

Mr. Louis O. Gorman is the Senior Vice President - Credit Administration and Chief Credit Officer of the company. Mr. Gorman has served as Chief Credit Officer since 2010 and as Vice President of Credit Administration since 2009. Prior to 2009, Mr. Gorman was a commercial loan officer for the Company and Westfield Bank since 2000 and also performed the same function at other New England based banking institutions.

Cidalia Inacio

Ms. Cidalia Inacio is Senior Vice President of Retail Banking of the company. Ms. Inacio has been serving in her current position since October 2016. Previously, Ms. Inacio served as the Senior Vice President of Retail Banking for Legacy Chicopee Savings Bank where she held the position since March 2010.

Deborah McCarthy

Ms. Deborah J. McCarthy is Vice President of Westfield Financial Inc. . Since 2001, she has been the Manager of the Deposit Operations Department and Electronic Banking Departments. She has worked for Westfield Bank in numerous capacities since 1979.

Laura Benoit

Ms. Laura Benoit is Independent Director of the company. Ms. Benoit has been the Treasurer and Co-Owner of Baystate Fuel Oil, Inc., a fuel distribution company located in Agawam, Massachusetts, since 1985. Ms. Benoit also serves as President of Buddy Realty, LLC. Ms. Benoit is a former member of the board of directors of the Western Mass Fuel Dealers Association where she served as Treasurer and then President for a period of ten years. Ms. Benoit received an Associate’s degree in Business Administration from Holyoke Community College. Ms. Benoit’s finance, accounting and small business management experience provides her with the qualifications and skills to serve as a director.

Donna Damon

Ms. Donna J. Damon is Independent Director of Westfield Financial Inc., since 2011. Ms. McMahon is the Director of Institutional Advancement and Stewardship with the Westfield State University. Ms. Damon is the President and owner of New England Concrete Cutting, Inc., a construction company specializing in concrete cutting and drilling located in Agawam, Massachusetts. She also serves as an executive officer and the office manager for two separate companies, Witch Equipment of New England, Inc., and Witch Enterprises, Inc. Ms. Damon also serves on various community boards. Ms. Damon’s experience in human resource, office management and business administration, including financial management and employee benefit administration provides her with the qualifications and skills to serve as a director.

Gary Fitzgerald

Mr. Gary G. Fitzgerald is Independent Director of the company. Previously, Mr. Fitzgerald served on the boards of Chicopee Savings Bank and Chicopee Bancorp, Inc., since 2009. Mr. Fitzgerald is a Certified Public Accountant and is the Managing Principal of Downey, Sweeney, Fitzgerald & Co., P.C., a CPA firm located in Springfield, Massachusetts. Mr. Fitzgerald received a Bachelor of Science degree from Western New England University, a Masters of Science in Taxation degree from Bentley University, and has been licensed as a Certified Public Accountant since 1996. His extensive background in accounting and taxation provides him with the qualifications and skills to serve as a director. Additionally, he has also been designated by the Board to serve as one of the Company’s two financial experts.

William Masse

Mr. William D. Masse is Independent Director of the company. Previously, Mr. Masse served on the board of Chicopee Savings Bank since 1998 and Chicopee Bancorp, Inc., since 2006. Mr. Masse is the President of Granfield, Bugbee & Masse Insurance Agency in Chicopee, Massachusetts. He has been in the insurance industry for 40 years. Mr. Masse holds a Bachelor of the Arts degree from Williams College where he majored in economics. Mr. Masse has, in the past, served as Chairman and/or President of the board of directors of area non-profit organizations. His experience as well as business and community contacts provides him with the qualifications and skills to serve as a director.

Lisa McMahon

Ms. Lisa G. McMahon is Independent Director of the company. Ms. McMahon is the Director of Institutional Advancement and Stewardship with the Westfield State University. Ms. McMahon came to the University in 2013 after leaving Merrill Lynch where she obtained her general securities license and license to become a registered investment advisor representative. Ms. McMahon currently serves as a Trustee and past president of Shurtleff Childrens Services, Inc., and she has recently been nominated to serve as the president of the executive board of the Genesis Center – a division of the Sisters of Providence Health Systems. From 2007 to 2012, Ms. McMahon was the executive director of the Westfield Business Improvement District, Inc. Ms. McMahon received a Bachelor of Science degree from Our Lady of the Elms College. Ms. McMahon’s business experience and extensive work with micro businesses, nonprofits, and community relations provides her with the qualifications and skills to serve as a director.

Gregg Orlen

Mr. Gregg F. Orlen is Independent Director of the company. Previously Mr. Orlen served on the board of Chicopee Savings Bank since 1999 and Chicopee Bancorp, Inc., since 2006. Mr. Orlen is the owner of Gregg Orlen Custom Homebuilders and works as an excavating contractor. Mr. Orlen served on the development committee for South Hadley’s municipal golf course, The Ledges, and was responsible for the oversight of its construction phase. He remained on the golf course commission, while a resident of South Hadley. Mr. Orlen holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management. Mr. Orlen is a well-established premier builder of residential homes within our market and brings to the Board his extensive knowledge of the local housing market.

Paul Picknelly

Mr. Paul C. Picknelly is Independent Director of the company. Previously, Mr. Picknelly served on the Board of Chicopee Savings Bank since 2000 and Chicopee Bancorp, Inc., since 2006. Mr. Picknelly is a hotel owner and operator, as well as a commercial real estate developer. Mr. Picknelly currently serves as President of Monarch Enterprises, LLC (Monarch Place Office Tower, Sheraton Springfield, and the Hilton Garden Inn Hotels in Springfield and Worcester, MA) and manages various commercial real estate properties in the local area. Mr. Picknelly brings to the Board his unique and extensive knowledge of the local economy from a hotel management and real estate developer perspective as well having many community and political contacts.

Steven Richter

Mr. Steven G. Richter is Independent Director of Westfield Financial Inc., since 2011. Mr. Richter is the founder, former owner, operator and President of Micro Test Laboratories, Inc., a contract testing and manufacturing support operation for the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. He is currently the Chief Science Officer of Avista Pharma Solutions, Inc., which purchased Microtest Laboratories, Inc., in 2014. He is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts with a Bachelor’s of Science in Microbiology. Mr. Richter went on to receive his Master of Sciences degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Massachusetts-Lowell and his Ph.D. in Sterilization Sciences from Columbia Pacific University. Mr. Richter has served in a biotechnological advisory capacity for small business with Governor Romney. Mr. Richter is also actively involved in research and development with the University of Massachusetts and an IALS Institute advisory board member. Mr. Richter’s experience in small business administration and management, including financial and business operations matters, provides him with the qualifications and skills to serve as a director.

Philip Smith

Mr. Philip R. Smith serves as an Independent Director of Westfield Financial Inc., since May 2009. Prior to Mr. Smith’s directorship, he served as Secretary to the Company. Mr. Smith has been a partner at Bacon & Wilson, P.C., one of the largest regional law firms in western Massachusetts specializing in Real Estate, Business Law and Estate Planning, since 2001. He has served as a past board member of the Westfield Chamber of Commerce in Westfield, Massachusetts, and of the Westfield State College Foundation. He is a past member of the Westfield Community Development Corporation board of directors. He is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire and received a J.D. from New England School of Law and an LL.M. in taxation from Boston University. Mr. Smith’s experience in commercial and residential lending and business law through his many years of legal practice provides him with the qualifications and skills to serve as a director.

Kevin Sweeney

Mr. Kevin M. Sweeney is Independent Director of Westfield Financial, Inc. He is a Professor of Practice and Area Head of Accounting, Finance and Law with the Foisie Business School at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in Worcester, MA, where he specializes in corporate finance and financial institutions, markets, and technology. He has been a member of the WPI faculty since 2011. He is also the Director of the WPI Wall Street FinTech Project Center and the Director of the WPI Pioneer Valley Project Center, and he is the Faculty Coordinator of the WPI FinTech Collaborative. Professor Sweeney is also a visiting Lecturer with the Columbia University School of Professional Studies in New York, NY, where he teaches finance and organizational strategy and leadership. Professor Sweeney also serves on the FinTech leadership advisory group of the Financial Services Leadership Council of Massachusetts in Boston, Massachusetts. Professor Sweeney has also been a Senior Lecturer with Western New England University College of Business and an Adjunct Professor of Law at the Western New England University School of Law. Professor Sweeney is also a Principal of Sweeney Strategic Consulting, where he advises non-profit and for-profit organizations in the areas of finance, strategy, financial technology, economic development, and project-based learning. He held a variety of other executive positions at MassMutual in international operations, finance, law, and human resources. Professor Sweeney received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Massachusetts—Amherst, a Doctor of Law from the University of Wisconsin Law School and an M.B.A. jointly from New York University Stern School of Business, the London School of Economics & Political Science, and the HEC School of Management in Paris, France. Professor Sweeney’s experience as a senior executive at a Fortune 500 company and his vast academic experience and organizational consulting ventures provides him with the qualifications and skills to serve as a director.