Strategic thinker models industry leadership

Brenda Johnson is a big fan of “blue sky” discussions, where a group throws off the constraints of what is known in order to imagine their way toward something new. It’s an exercise in creative ideation, and whether she’s leading these discussions on behalf of Charter Bankshares, where she’s been chair of the board for five years. [Continue]

Hiden named CIO at First Mid

David Hiden was hired as senior vice president, chief information officer at Mattoon, Ill.-based First Mid Bank & Trust, leading its technology strategies. [Continue]

Heritage Bank names new CEO

Jeff Deuel was named CEO of Heritage Bank, Olympia, Wash. He succeeds Brian Vance, who remains CEO of the holding company, Heritage Financial Corporation. [Continue]

Northwest Bank names new CEO

Ronald J. Seiffert was named CEO of Northwest Bank, Warren, Pa. He retains the title of president, a role he has had since joining Northwest last November. He replaces William J. Wagner, 64, who has spent 34 years with Northwest Bank and will remain the bank’s executive chairman until the fourth quarter. [Continue]

Range Bank names Daust first female CEO, chair

Roxanne Daust was named the new chair and CEO of Range Bank, Marquette, Mich. Daust, the first woman to lead the 131-year-old bank, replaced Kenneth Palmer, who retired June 1. Daust joined the bank in 1997 and was named president and chair last September. [Continue]