Webster Bank, a leading regional bank serving businesses and consumers from Westchester County, N.Y., to Boston, Mass., today announced Colin Eccles will join the bank as executive vice president and chief information officer, effective January 23.

“I’m delighted to have someone of Colin’s caliber join our executive team,” said Jerry Plush, president and chief operating officer of Webster Bank. “Colin is an accomplished, knowledgeable leader with a proven track record of building best-in-class business solutions and operations. His experience will also be invaluable as we further
enhance our eBanking solutions for businesses and consumers.”

Eccles brings more than 25 years of banking industry experience to Webster. He served as CIO for the past four years at Umpqua Holdings in Portland, Ore., successfully delivering on a series of electronic banking solutions, including mobile banking. A native of South Africa, Eccles worked for the First National Bank of South Africa before joining Hogan System, a banking software company, in Dallas, Texas. When Hogan was acquired by Computer Sciences Corporation, Eccles assumed responsibility for leading the company’s services organizations for the Americas. Eccles also worked for Washington Mutual Bank (WaMu) for seven years and was the CIO for the Retail Bank prior to joining Umpqua Holdings.

Eccles is a graduate of Witwatersand University in Johannesburg, South Africa with a Masters degree from the University of South Africa.

Webster Financial Corporation is the holding company for Webster Bank, N.A. With $20 billion in assets, Webster provides business and consumer banking, mortgages, financial planning, trust and investment services through 168 banking offices; 294 ATMs; 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 www.websterbank.com or follow us on LinkedIn http://linkedin.com/company/webster-bank and Twitter  https://twitter.com/WebsterBank.