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MEDIA CONTACT: Elizabeth B. Eckel, Senior Vice President, Marketing
TELEPHONE: 401-348-1309
EMAIL: ebeckel@washtrust.com
DATE: November 28, 2012

Washington Trust Appoints Kent Senior Vice President and Commercial Lending Team Leader


Westerly, Rhode Island... Washington Trust has announced that Robert R. Kent, Jr., of Franklin, Mass., has been appointed Senior Vice President and Commercial Lending Team Leader. Kent will be responsible for leading the Providence-based commercial lending team, as well as oversight and continued development of the credit underwriting staff. Additionally, he will oversee changes to the commercial credit underwriting template, enhanced pipeline reporting, and implementation of the new customer relationship management system. He will be headquartered at Washington Trust’s Weybosset Street Office in Providence, R.I.

Prior to joining Washington Trust, Kent served as Senior Vice President and Senior Portfolio Manager for Citizens Bank, where he was responsible for non-profit lending in Rhode Island. In addition, Kent has over 27 years of commercial lending, credit underwriting, loan recovery and financial analysis experience with Citizens Bank, Fleet National Bank and Hartford Insurance Group.

A graduate of Northeastern University, Kent serves as Board President of both the RI Alliance of Boys and Girls Clubs and the Woonsocket Boys and Girls Club.

The Washington Trust Company is a subsidiary of Washington Trust Bancorp, Inc., a $3.0 billion corporation headquartered in Westerly, Rhode Island. Founded in 1800, Washington Trust is the oldest community bank in the nation and is the largest independent bank headquartered in Rhode Island. A state-chartered bank, Washington Trust offers a full range of financial services, including commercial banking, small business banking, personal banking, and wealth management and trust services through its offices located in Rhode Island, Connecticut and Massachusetts. The Corporation’s common stock trades on The NASDAQ Global Select® Stock Market under the symbol WASH. Web site address: www.washtrust.com.

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