NBT Bancorp names John H. Watt Jr. president and CEO
Mr. Watt has over 30 years of experience in banking and financial services.
Mr. Watt joined NBT in 2014 and has played an expanding role providing executive leadership for a number of key areas. He was promoted to Executive Vice President and joined NBT’s Executive Management Team in 2015.
Prior to joining NBT, Mr. Watt was Executive Vice President of commercial banking, investment management and bank operations at Alliance Bank, N.A. through the merger with the Bank in 2013.
He was also a member of the Board of Directors for Alliance Bank and Alliance Financial Corporation.
Previously, he was employed by JP Morgan Chase and its upstate New York predecessors.
Mr. Watt is a graduate of Rutgers University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and earned his Juris Doctor from The National Law Center at George Washington University.
Retiring President and CEO Martin A. Dietrich was elected Chairman of the Board.
Mr. Dietrich began his career in financial services with NBT in 1981. He joined the Bank’s Senior Management Team in 1995.
Mr. Dietrich became President of the Bank in 2000; advanced to President and CEO of the Bank and president of NBT in 2004; and ultimately became CEO of NBT in 2006.
He joined the Bank Board of Directors in 1993 and NBT’s Board of Directors in 2005.
Mr. Dietrich is a graduate of Colgate University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics. ■