Jerry Plush, President and Chief Operating Officer of Webster Bank, has been elected chairman of the Board of Directors of Junior Achievement of Southwest New England. Mr. Plush succeeds Greg Alcorn, Vice President, Commercial Sales and Marketing, of Carrier Corp., who served as chair since 2010. The election took place at the organization’s recent annual meeting.

Mr. Plush was named president of Waterbury-based Webster in December 2011 and elected tothe bank’s board of directors at the same time. He joined Webster in July 2006 after an 11-yearcareer with MBNA America in Wilmington, Del. 

“Jerry is strongly committed to improving the lives of young people and we are pleased that he has been elected chair of our board,” said Lou Golden, President of JA of Southwest New England. “During his time on the board, he has shown great passion for our mission of empowering young people to own their economic success. We will greatly benefit from his leadership.”

“I am honored to be taking on this new role with Junior Achievement of Southwest New England,” said Plush. “I look forward to working with Lou and his team, along with my fellow JA board members and all of the terrific people who volunteer in the classroom, to help JA empower students with the necessary skills that will help them succeed in school, in business, and in life.”

About Junior Achievement of Southwest New England Junior Achievement of Southwest New England, based in Hartford, provides nearly 35,000 students in seven Connecticut counties with programs that inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy. Through a dedicated network of nearly 2.500 volunteers from business and the community, Junior Achievement of Southwest New England provides in-school and after-school programs
for students focusing on three key content areas: work readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy.

About Webster Bank

Webster Financial Corporation is the holding company for Webster Bank, National Association. With $19 billion in assets, Webster provides business and consumer banking, mortgage, financial planning, trust and investment services through 167 banking offices, 464 ATMs, 290 of which are owned by Webster and 174 of which are branded, telephone banking, mobile banking, and the Internet. Webster Bank owns the asset based lending firm Webster Business Credit Corporation; the equipment finance firm Webster Capital Finance Corporation; 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