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Peoples Bank Announces Changes to Senior Leadership Team

September 20, 2017

Bellingham, WA – September 19, 2017 – Peoples Bank, a locally owned and operated, independent full-service community bank with over $1.6 billion in assets, today announced personnel changes to the company’s executive team and senior leadership.

  • Michelle Barrett was promoted to Executive Vice President, Chief Retail Banking Officer. Barrett will lead the strategic direction and administration of the Retail Division, while continuing to oversee the Human Resources Department.

  • Chris Neros was promoted to Executive Vice President, Chief Commercial Lending Officer. In this role, he will assume full responsibility for the Commercial Lending Division, and all credit-related responsibilities as they pertain to asset quality, risk management, special assets administration, policy and procedures, and regulatory compliance.

  • Andy Pohlman was promoted to Senior Vice President, Director of Retail Production, and will focus on delivery of the Bank’s full relationship banking products and services offered through the retail branches, and revenue generation areas of the Retail Division. Peoples Bank’s Marine Lending team will also report into the Retail Division moving forward.

  • Derek Thornton was promoted to Senior Vice President, Director of Finance and Accounting.  Thornton continues to expand his leadership role within the bank, providing valuable contributions to financial and strategic management. 

  • Jennifer Evans-Thompson will lead the Mortgage Division on an interim basis, in addition to her responsibilities as Director of Operations.

“Change brings opportunity, and I am pleased to announce a series of promotions and job responsibility changes,” said Charles LeCocq, Peoples Bank Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer. “These individuals bring strategic leadership, long-standing dedication to the financial needs of our customers, and deep commitment to delivering outstanding service. I am confident that our organizational structure will serve us well in the years to come and that our leaders are well-positioned to help Peoples Bank continue to grow responsibly and ensure our future success.”

About Peoples Bank
Headquartered in Bellingham, Washington, Peoples Bank was founded in 1921 and operates 25 branches located throughout Washington. In its most recent rating, Bauer Financial, a leading independent bank rating firm, awarded Peoples Bank a superior rating of five stars. This rating recognizes Peoples Bank’s strong financial management practices, dedicated employees and long-standing customer relationships.

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