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WESTERLY, R.I. – Washington Trust Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ: WASH) has announced the addition of Debra M. Paul and Angel Taveras, Esq. to its Board of Directors, effective March 1, 2024. The appointments are set to bring a breadth of experience in leadership, finance, legal expertise, and community involvement to the governance of the oldest community bank in the nation.
Ms. Paul, with a background as a certified public accountant, has held significant leadership roles, including CEO of Fellowship Health Resources and Senior Vice President of Integration at Elwyn. Her experience extends to financial positions such as CFO at Women & Infants Hospital and Senior Audit Manager at KPMG, LLP. She currently serves on the board of Blue Cross Blue Shield Rhode Island and Amica Mutual Insurance Company, where she is also the Audit Committee Chair.
Mr. Taveras brings a wealth of legal knowledge from his recent position as Senior Counsel at Adler Pollock & Sheehan P.C. and previous partnerships with other law firms. His leadership experience is highlighted by his tenure as Mayor of Providence. Taveras also imparts his knowledge as an Adjunct Professor at Providence College and serves on the boards of Lifespan Corp., National Civic League, and IKEA Foundation.
Edward O. Handy III, Chairman and CEO of Washington Trust, expressed enthusiasm for the new board members, citing the diversity and depth of their professional experiences as valuable assets for the company’s future.
Washington Trust Bancorp, Inc., with $7.2 billion in assets as of December 31, 2023, operates as the holding company for The Washington Trust Company, a community bank offering financial services across New England. The bank prides itself on its commitment to the financial well-being of the region’s residents and businesses.