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Webster Bank Promotes Denise Kaufman to Region Manager, Retail Banking, for Western Connecticut and New York
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WATERBURY, Conn, November 30, 2011 – Webster Bank, a leading regional bank, announces the promotion of Denise Kaufman to senior vice president and region manager of retail banking. In this role, she will be responsible for the operations and profitability of 74 branch offices in Webster’s western region, from Westchester County, N.Y. and Fairfield County, Conn., through most of Connecticut’s Litchfield and New Haven counties and parts of the shoreline region. She will succeed Barry Toothaker, SVP, region manager, upon his retirement at the end of December.

Kaufman joined Webster in 2009 as market manager for the greater Fairfield market, bringing 20 years of management experience in retail banking. She had previously served as first vice president, district manager for Chase Bank in Westchester, N.Y. from 2004 – 2009 and as senior vice president, district manager for Fleet Bank in Stamford, Conn. from 1994 – 2004. She began her career in Citibank’s branch management training program in 1989.

“We strive to promote from within, and in Denise we have found an ideal candidate,” said Anne Slattery, Webster’s executive vice president, retail banking. “Her strong leadership skills, combined with her proven track record in management, sales and talent development, will be a great benefit to us as we continue to grow our business in western Connecticut and Westchester County.”

A resident of Ridgefield, Conn., Kaufman currently serves on the board of directors for the Ridgefield Aquatics Club. She has also served on the boards of the March of Dimes, Stamford Chamber of Commerce, and the National Academy of Finance Education. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Connecticut.

Webster Financial Corporation is the holding company for Webster Bank, National Association. With $18.0 billion in assets, Webster provides business and consumer banking, mortgage, financial planning, trust and investment services through 171 banking offices, 485 ATMs, telephone banking and the Internet. Webster Bank owns the asset-based lending firm Webster Business Credit Corporation; the equipment finance firm Webster Capital Finance; and provides health savings account trustee and administrative services through HSA Bank, a division of Webster Bank. Member FDIC and equal housing lender. For more information about Webster, including past press releases and the latest annual report, visit the Webster website at