James C. Smith

Jim Smith is chairman and chief executive officer of Webster Bank and Webster Financial Corporation (NYSE:WBS).

Jim Smith is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, positions he has held since 1995 and 1987 respectively. Jim joined Webster Bank in 1975. He was elected President, Chief Operating Officer and a director of Webster Bank in 1982 and of the parent company at its inception in 1986. Jim served as President of Webster and Webster Bank until 2000, and again from 2008 through 2011.


Jim is a member of the board of directors of the Financial Services Roundtable based in Washington D.C. He is co-chairman of the American Bankers Council (American Bankers Association's midsize banks) and is also actively engaged in the Midsize Banks Coalition of America. He served on the executive committee of the Connecticut Bankers Association for multiple years ending 2012. He is a past member of the Federal Advisory Council, which advises the deliberations of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, and served as a member of the board of directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston for a three year term ending in December 2010. He is a past member of the board of directors of the American Bankers Association and of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston. He is actively involved in community service and serves on the boards of Saint Mary's Health System and the Palace Theater, both of Waterbury, Connecticut. He served as a director of MacDermid, Incorporated (NYSE: MRD) until its acquisition in June 2007.


He earned his bachelor's degree in psychology from Dartmouth College.

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