Management

Board of Directors | Board Committees | Management

John H. Watt, Jr.
President and Chief Executive Officer
John H. Watt, Jr. was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company and joined the Board of Directors in 2016.

Watt has over 35 years of experience in the financial services industry. He joined the Company and NBT Bank in 2014 and provided executive leadership for key functions, including commercial and consumer lending, credit administration and marketing. He was promoted to Executive Vice President and named to the Company's Executive Management Team in 2015. In 2016, he became President of NBT Bank.

Prior to joining the Company, Watt was Executive Vice President of commercial banking, investment management and bank operations at Alliance Bank, N.A. He was also a member of the Board of Directors for Alliance Bank and Alliance Financial Corporation, which merged with the Company in 2013. Previously, he was employed by JP Morgan Chase and its predecessors.

Watt is a graduate of Rutgers University with a bachelor's degree in political science. He earned his Juris Doctor from The National Law Center at George Washington University. He has served on numerous community-oriented boards in upstate New York, most recently on the finance committee of the Foundation of The Episcopal Diocese of Central New York, the finance committee of the Allyn Foundation, treasurer of the St. James Episcopal Foundation, member of the Board of Directors of the Chenango County United Way and as President of the board of On Point for College in Syracuse, NY.

Richard J. Cantele, Jr.
Executive Vice President, Strategic Integration
Richard J. Cantele, Jr. joined the NBT Executive Management Team following the merger of Salisbury Bancorp, Inc. and Salisbury Bank and Trust Company with and into NBT and NBT Bank, N.A, respectively. Cantele has over 40 years of experience in banking. He joined Salisbury Bank and Trust Company in 1981. An executive officer of Salisbury since 2001 and Salisbury Bank and Trust Company since 1989, Cantele became President and Chief Operating Officer of both entities in 2005 and was named President and CEO in 2009.

Cantele earned his bachelor's degree in Finance from Fairfield University. He is also a graduate of the Stonier Graduate School of Banking.

Active in the community, Cantele became a Director of Sharon Hospital in 2017 and President of the Sharon Hospital Board in 2020.

Sarah A. Halliday
Executive Vice President and President of Commercial Banking
Sarah A. Halliday joined the Company as Executive Vice President and President of Commercial Banking in 2017. She has 30 years of experience in banking and commercial lending. Previously, she was Capital Region Market President for M&T Bank where she was employed for 12 years. Prior to joining M&T in 2005, Halliday worked for the New York Business Development Corporation for 11 years as Vice President and Loan Officer. She started her career with Fleet Bank in a commercial management training program.

Halliday earned her bachelor's degree from Colgate University, graduating with honors in economics. She also completed an executive leadership program at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business.

Halliday is involved in several community and professional organizations, including as a longtime board member and classroom volunteer for Junior Achievement of Northeastern New York and a member of 100 Women Who Care. She is a past board member and continued supporter of the St Anne Foundation and 518 Elevated (Capital Region Sponsor A Scholar).

Shauna M. Hyle
Executive Vice President and Consumer Lending Executive
Shauna M. Hyle joined the Company in 2008. Today she oversees the Consumer Lending Division, which includes Home Lending, Dealer Finance and Personal Lending. She also provides executive sponsorship for NBT's national recordkeeping business, EPIC Retirement Plan Services, which is headquartered in Rochester, NY.

Hyle served as Senior Vice President and Chief Risk Officer from 2013 to 2017. Prior to that, she was the Corporate Controller and managed NBT's accounting and finance function. Before joining the Company, Hyle was a manager with PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP, providing audit and attestation services to clients in the firm's Syracuse and Boston offices. She is a Certified Public Accountant and earned her bachelor's degree in accounting from SUNY Geneseo.

Hyle is active in the community and serves on the board of UHS Chenango Memorial Hospital and is Vice Chair of the Holy Family School Advisory Board, both in Norwich, NY. She was previously a member of the Board of Friends of Rogers, a nonprofit organization supporting Rogers Environmental Education Center in Sherburne, NY, Commerce Chenango Finance Committee and the Community Enhancement and Redevelopment Group Board.

Scott A. Kingsley
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Kingsley joined the Company as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in 2021. He has over 35 years of financial accounting experience. In his current role, he oversees the Company's financial performance, investor relations and provides executive leadership for NBT's accounting, finance and treasury services divisions.

Prior to joining the Company, Kingsley held executive leadership roles with Community Bank, N.A. serving as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer. He has also held multiple leadership roles with PricewaterhouseCoopers and Carlisle Companies, Inc., a large publicly traded manufacturer and distributor.

Kingsley graduated from Clarkson University with a bachelor's degree in accounting and is a Certified Public Accountant. Kingsley is an active community advocate, volunteer and fundraiser. He currently serves on the Crouse Health Foundation Board of Trustees, the Audit and Finance Committee for the Catholic Diocese of Syracuse and as a fundraiser for the Food Bank of Central New York. He also volunteers with OnMyTeam16, a non-profit organization supporting children in the fight against cancer.

Ruth H. Mahoney
Executive Vice President and President of Wealth Management and Regional President for the Capital District and North Country
Ruth H. Mahoney joined the Company as Executive Vice President and President of Wealth Management in 2021. She was named NBT Bank's Regional President for the Capital District and North Country in 2022.

Mahoney has more than 30 years of industry experience, including wealth management, private banking, retail banking and regional leadership. Her executive responsibilities at NBT include developing the company's wealth management strategies and overseeing the trust, investment and retirement services lines of business. Prior to the Company, Mahoney was Key Bank's Capital Region Market President, leading business development and customer portfolios in the region. She also held leadership positions with Bank of America and Fleet Bank.

A graduate of Marist College with a bachelor's degree in business administration and marketing, Mahoney lends her leadership abilities to many organizations. She serves as co-chair of the Regional Economic Development Council, as Chair for the Capital Region Chamber of Commerce, and as a board member for Albany Medical Center and the New York State Teachers' Retirement System.

Mahoney has earned many recognitions and was included on the Albany Business Review's Power 50 Lists published in 2022 and 2021. She also received the Women Who Mean Business Award from the Albany Business Review, the Executive of the Year Award from the Capital Region Business Review, the Women of Distinction Award from the United Way of Westchester and Putnam, and the Most Powerful Women in Banking Team Award from American Banker.

M. Randolph Sparks
Executive Vice President, General Counsel, Chief Ethics Officer and Corporate Secretary
M. Randolph “Randy” Sparks joined the Company as Executive Vice President and General Counsel and was appointed Corporate Secretary and Chief Ethics Officer in 2022.​ He coordinates the Company's legal activities, manages external legal counsel and assists with oversight of relations with regulatory agencies.

Sparks has extensive experience in legal executive roles at both large and midsize banks. Prior to joining the Company, he served as General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for MidFirst Bank of Oklahoma City, OK. Sparks worked for Bank of America before joining MidFirst where he held the position of Chief Counsel and Managing Director, Global Transaction Services.

Sparks earned his Juris Doctor from DePaul University College of Law. He also holds a Master of Business Administration from St. Louis University and a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting from Westminster College.

Joseph R. Stagliano
Executive Vice President, President of Retail Community Banking and Chief Information Officer
Joseph R. Stagliano joined the Company in 1999. He has over 30 years of experience in the financial services industry. Today, he oversees the Company's Operations and Retail Banking Divisions.

Stagliano was promoted to Chief Information Officer and joined the Company's Executive Management Team in 2006 after holding several leadership positions in Operations. In 2016, he assumed responsibility for Retail Banking in addition to his duties as Chief information Officer. In 2018, Stagliano was named President of Retail Banking. Prior to joining NBT, Stagliano was employed by MetLife and advanced to leadership roles in customer service and call center management during his tenure there.

Stagliano earned his bachelor's degree in business and public management from the State University of New York Institute of Technology in Utica. Active in his community, he serves as Chair of the UHS Chenango Memorial Hospital Board of Directors and on the Board of Directors of United Health Services, Inc. Stagliano is a past member of the Norwich City School District Board of Education with over 10 years of service.

Amy Wiles
Executive Vice President, Chief Credit Officer and Chief Risk Officer
Amy Wiles has over 35 years of experience in banking. She joined the Company in 2015 as Senior Vice President and Chief Credit Officer. In 2017, she assumed the additional role of Chief Risk Officer. At that time, she was promoted to Executive Vice President and joined the Company's Executive Management Team. Today, she provides leadership for NBT's Credit Administration and Risk Management Divisions.

Prior to joining NBT, Wiles was Executive Vice President and Group Credit Executive for Key Bank's Community Bank Division where she was responsible for supporting growth and maintaining credit risk standards for diversified portfolios across Key Bank's footprint. Before that, Wiles was employed by JP Morgan Chase.

Wiles earned her bachelor's degree from Colgate University and her MBA from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business. She serves on the boards of the Volunteer Lawyers Project of Central New York, Inc. and Community Memorial Hospital Foundation of Hamilton, NY.
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