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Washington Trust Appoints Rolando Lora to Head Retail Lending Division

April 25, 2023

The Washington Trust Company today announced Rolando Lora has been appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Retail Lending Officer. He is responsible for overseeing mortgage origination, mortgage operations, secondary marketing, and consumer lending activities throughout the Bank’s market area.

“We’re excited to have Rolando join our executive team and lead our retail lending division’s continued strategic market share growth and expansion,” stated Edward O. “Ned” Handy III, Washington Trust Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, “During his 30-year career, Rolando has proven to be a successful, results-driven manager but, more importantly, he is an influential and inspiring team and community leader.”

Lora, a Harvard, Mass. resident, joins Washington Trust from Wells Fargo’s home lending division, where he most recently served as Mortgage Retail Sales Senior Manager for the New England, Upstate New York, and New Jersey region. During his tenure at Wells Fargo, Lora successfully led the retail lending division’s regional growth, oversaw key strategic initiatives, and was instrumental in relationship and team-building programs. Prior to joining Wells Fargo, Lora oversaw JP Morgan Chase’s New England home lending team growth and market expansion through offices in New Canaan, Conn. and Boston, Mass.

A graduate of Bryant University, in Smithfield, R.I., Lora is professionally and personally involved in community activities. He served as Family Selection Chair and former director of the Merrimack Valley Habitat for Humanity; a founder and former director of Boston Chapter of the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals; a member of the Boston Chapter of the Asian American Real Estate Association; a contributor to the Pan Mass Challenge; and a member of the Board of Directors for Friends of Harvard Soccer.

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