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Banking management and director moves

S&P Global Market Intelligence presents a daily roundup of management and board changes in the bank and thrift industry. This feature excludes C-level leadership changes and stories previously covered by S&P Global Market Intelligence.

* Donde Plowman was elected as an independent director and Don Abernathy was elected as a member director to the board of Federal Home Loan Bank of Topeka.

Plowman is the dean of the College of Business Administration at the University of Nebraska. Meanwhile, Abernathy serves as president and CEO of Oklahoma City-based The Bankers Bank, a subsidiary of Bankers Bancorp of Oklahoma Inc.

Abernathy will serve a two-year term, while each of the other directors-elect will serve four-year terms beginning Jan. 1, 2017.

* Pittsburgh-based F.N.B. Corp., the parent of First National Bank of Pennsylvania, appointed Gregory Heaton to serve as president of its new Charlotte, N.C., region, after the completion of its merger with Raleigh, N.C.-based Yadkin Financial Corp. early next year.

Heaton has nearly 30 years of financial services experience, with more than 20 years in commercial banking in the Charlotte area.

* Puget Sound Bank named Arnie Gunderson senior vice president and relationship manager. He has nearly 30 years of banking and financial services experience.

The Bellevue, Wash.-based bank is a unit of Puget Sound Bancorp Inc.

* On Dec. 14, Whitney Bartelli, Christopher Randall, Patrick Sobers and Micho Spring were appointed to the board of Greenwood Village, Colo.-based NBH Bank, effective Jan. 1, 2017.

Bartelli serves as the bank's chief marketing officer and president of its division Bank Midwest, Randall is the bank's executive vice president for commercial and specialty banking and Spring is a director of its parent National Bank Holdings Corp.

Sobers, who serves as executive vice president for consumer and small business banking at NBH Bank, has also been named president of its division Community Banks of Colorado.

* Ellicott City, Md.-based Howard Bank, a unit of Howard Bancorp Inc., promoted John DeZinno to senior vice president and commercial real estate team lead, according to a news release posted on Baltimore citybizlist.

DeZinno, who most recently served as vice president for Buffalo, N.Y.-based M&T Bank Corp., has more than 30 years of experience in real estate leadership.

* Samuel Eckart is retiring as executive vice president of Clarksville, Ind.-based First Savings Financial Group Inc. and area president of its unit First Savings Bank, effective Dec. 31.

He will continue to serve as a director of the company and the bank.

* Wilmington Trust Corp. named Laron Galea head of product planning and development and Stuart Landucci head of sales strategy in the mergers and acquisitions team in its global capital markets division.

Galea previously worked as global escrow solutions sales head and Landucci served as global debt services sales head at Deutsche Bank AG.

The Wilmington, Del.-based bank is a subsidiary of M&T Bank Corp.

* Bank of Nova Scotia appointed five digital banking leaders including Fuencis Gomez for Mexico, Marcelino Herrera Vegas for Colombia, Daniel Kennedy for Chile, Jeff Marshall for Canada and Luis Torres for Peru.

Most recently, Fuencis served as chief commercial officer at the airline Interjet, and Vegas served as country general manager at mercadolibre.com. Kennedy was director of customer experience in Chile and Marshall was vice president of digital channels and vice president of marketing at Scotiabank. Torres, meanwhile, was the CEO for Microsoft Corp. in Peru.