Bank announces promotions, new hires

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WALPOLE, N.H. — Savings Bank of Walpole recently announced employee promotions and some new hires.

Jeff Smith has expanded his long-time role as treasurer of Savings Bank of Walpole to that of treasurer and investment officer for all three New Hampshire Mutual Bancorp affiliates, including SBW, Merrimack County Savings Bank and Meredith Village Savings Bank. Smith will oversee cash management, investments and asset strategies for each bank. He joined SBW in 2005.

Nathan Rounds has been promoted to financial accounting officer where he will lead the accounting and financial analysis function for SBW and serve as an officer of the bank. Rounds joined SBW in 2012 and previously worked at A.M. Peisch & Company as an auditor within their Financial Institution team.

"We're excited to have Jeff and Nathan take on these expanded roles," says Mark Bodin, President for Savings Bank of Walpole. "They bring a great deal of experience and knowledge to their new responsibilities. Their talent and expertise will continue to benefit not only SBW, but our affiliate banks as well."

In other news, the bank has hired Heather Daniels, of Swanzey, to serve as deposit operations supervisor, where she will be responsible for overseeing the daily operational and compliance aspects of the bank's deposit operations department. Daniels previously worked at Peoples United Bank in Brattleboro, as a lead BSA analyst. In addition to having worked in the banking industry for over 15 years, she also has a background in both human services and bookkeeping.

Meanwhile, Kathy Rue, also of Swanzey has re-joined SBW as operations officer where she leads the operations, customer support and eBanking areas and serves as an officer of the bank. Rue, who worked at SBW from 2000 to 2010 in various roles, was most recently with Peoples United Bank in Brattleboro, where she served as a senior CDD/EDD analyst.

"We're excited to welcome Heather and the experience and knowledge she brings to the SBW team," says Bodin. "And, we're especially pleased to welcome Kathy back - it means a lot that she has circled back to work with us at the bank once again."

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