Northwest Bank Announces Passing of Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Ronald J. Seiffert — Muncie Journal

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By Shawn O. Walker—

COLUMBUS, Ohio —Northwest Bancshares, Inc. and Northwest Bank are deeply saddened to announce the sudden passing of Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Ronald J. Seiffert. He died suddenly of natural causes on Tuesday.

The boards of Northwest Bancshares and Northwest Bank met last night in accordance with the companies’ succession plan, appointing Chief Financial Officer William W. Harvey Jr. as interim President and CEO, and the Acting Lead Director Timothy B. Fannin. President of the council. Bank employees have been briefed on the news and Northwest representatives are sharing the news with businesses and community organizations.

“Ron was a friend to everyone in Northwest and in the communities we call home. We mourn his family and wish them peace during this most difficult time,” Northwest’s Tim Fannin said. “Ron was passionate about the Northwest and committed to making a difference in Pennsylvania, New York, Ohio and Indiana. He was very proud of the relationship the bank had with its customers and appreciated the exceptional loyalty of Northwest Bank employees.

“Ron had a vision and set the strategic direction for the companies and we intend to drive that vision forward,” said Bill Harvey of Northwest. “It has been an honor and a privilege to serve alongside Ron. He was an extraordinary banker, citizen and friend. He believed in the future of the bank as a successful and independent financial institution. Northwest’s capable management team is long-standing and deeply committed to continuing Ron’s legacy.

Mr. Seiffert, 65, is survived by his wife, Sherry, three daughters, two sons-in-law and four grandchildren. He resided in Delaware, Ohio.

Mr. Seiffert joined Northwest in November 2017 as President and Chief Operating Officer of Northwest Bank and Northwest Bancshares. He was promoted to President and CEO of Northwest Bank and Northwest Bancshares in June 2018, appointed to the board of Northwest Bank on January 17, 2018, and elected to the board of Northwest Bancshares on April 19. 2018.

Prior to joining Northwest, Mr. Seiffert served as Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Delaware County Bank & Trust, Lewis Center, Ohio. Previously, he was Vice President of Huntington National Bank and Executive Vice President and National Head of Corporate Banking at BankOne/JPMorgan Chase.

Mr. Seiffert has been active on numerous industry and community boards, including the Pennsylvania Bankers Association Government Relations Committee, the Fourth District Depository Institution Advisory Committee of the Federal Reserve, the Board of Banking Services and the Audit Committee of the Ohio Banker’s League and the Audit Committee of the State of Columbus. Community College Foundation Board.

Mr. Seiffert was a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, Mo. with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Finance, and Economics and a graduate of the Advanced Executive Management program at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, Evanston , Ill., and the ABA Stonier Graduate School of Banking.

About North West Bank

Founded in 1896 and headquartered in Warren, Pennsylvania, Northwest Bank is a full-service financial institution offering a full range of business and personal banking products, employee benefits and wealth management services. As of April 19, 2022, Northwest operated 142 full-service community banking offices and eight self-contained drive-thru facilities in Pennsylvania, New York, Ohio and Indiana. The common stock of Northwest Bancshares, Inc. is listed on the NASDAQ Global Select Market (“NWBI”). Additional information regarding Northwest Bancshares, Inc. and Northwest Bank may be found online at www.northwest.com.

About Northwest Bancshares, Inc.

Based in Columbus, Ohio, Northwest Bancshares, Inc. is the bank holding company of Northwest Bank. Founded in 1896 and headquartered in Warren, Pennsylvania, Northwest Bank is a full-service financial institution offering a full range of business and personal banking products, employee benefits and wealth management services. As of April 19, 2022, Northwest operated 142 full-service community banking offices and eight self-contained drive-thru facilities in Pennsylvania, New York, Ohio and Indiana. The common stock of Northwest Bancshares, Inc. is listed on the NASDAQ Global Select Market (“NWBI”). Additional information regarding Northwest Bancshares, Inc. and Northwest Bank may be found online at www.northwest.com.

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