Submitted by Lisa Gentner, Essex Savings Bank
(March 30, 2023) — Diane H. Arnold, President & CEO of Essex Savings Bank is pleased to announce that Debra L. Brown of Killingworth has been promoted to Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer in the wake of the current Senior Vice President Chief Financial Officer Shawn Honan’s pending retirement. “Deb has held a key position in the accounting department as the Assistant Treasurer/Controller for 23 years and is well positioned to seamlessly step into the role of Treasurer/Chief Financial Officer,” stated Diane Arnold, President and CEO.
Ms. Brown began her career at Essex Savings Bank as the Accounting Department Supervisor in March of 1995. In 1999 she became a Bank officer, followed by a promotion to Controller in 2000 and to Assistant Vice President shortly thereafter. In 2005, Ms. Brown was promoted to Vice President/Controller.
Ms. Brown is active in the community and is currently serving as a team leader for the non-profit organization Angel Ride, Inc. He has been with the organization since 2009 and served on their board as Treasurer from 2010 to 2019. For her volunteerism, Ms. Brown received the Community Foundation of Middlesex County Unsung Hero Award in 2018.
Ms. Brown is a member of the National Financial Managers Society, Inc. She is a graduate of the University of New Haven where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Financial Accounting. In 1999, she graduated from the Connecticut School of Finance and Management. She and her family currently reside in Killingworth.
Essex Savings Bank is an FDIC-insured, state-chartered, mutual savings bank established in 1851. The Bank serves the Connecticut River Valley and shoreline with six offices in Essex, Chester, Madison, Old Lyme and Old Saybrook providing a full complement of personal and business banking. Financial, estate, insurance and retirement planning are offered throughout the state by the Bank’s Trust Division, Essex Trust and wholly owned subsidiary, Essex Financial Services, Inc., a Registered Investment Advisor.