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Washington Trust Promotes Four to Executive Vice President

April 05, 2023

Westerly, R.I. –Washington Trust is pleased to announce the recent promotions of four senior managers to executive vice president:

  • Anthony Botelho, Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Lending Officer: Tony leads Washington Trust’s Commercial and Industrial Lending and Cash Management groups. He joined Washington Trust in 2021 with more than 35 years of expertise in relationship management, private banking, commercial real estate, and market development, most recently as President & CEO of Freedom National Bank based in Greenville, R.I. A Rhode Island resident, Tony serves on the Board of Directors at the United Way of Rhode Island. He formerly served on the Board of Directors of the Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce and is a past President of the Rhode Island Bankers Association.
  • Elizabeth Boyle Eckel, Executive Vice President, Chief Marketing & Corporate Communications Officer: Beth joined Washington Trust in 1991 and has more than 30 years of professional marketing experience. She is responsible for developing marketing and brand strategy for the Bank and its subsidiaries, as well as investor relations activities with the shareholder and investment communities. She is also responsible for oversight of oversees the Bank’s community relations, including the Bank’s signature Peanut Butter Drive and its national Points of Light® award-winning employee volunteerism program. Beth is a graduate of Leadership Rhode Island’s Alpha II Class of 2005, and currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Nonviolence Institute, is a member of the Cox Charitable Foundation Committee, and an advisory member of the Domestic Violence Resource Center of South County. She is a graduate and active member of the ABA’s Bank Marketing Association.
  • James A. Mignone, Executive Vice President, Chief Information Officer: Jim leads Washington Trust’s bank operations and technology teams with more than 35 years’ experience in the financial, technology auditing, and banking industries. Prior to joining the Bank in 2016, he served as vice president, corporate information security at State Street Corporation and senior vice president of information risk at Citizens Bank. A Rhode Island resident, Jim is a long-time volunteer and supporter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and is a past Board and Committee member of the Barrington Christian Academy, League of Women Voters, and The Music School.
  • Julia Anne M. Slom, Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Real Estate Lending Officer: Julia Anne leads Washington Trust’s Commercial Real Estate (CRE) and Small Business Lending Groups. She is credited with developing the Bank’s CRE Group in 2013 and oversees the retention and growth of its loan portfolio, as well as outreach, support, and loan development for small businesses throughout the Bank’s market area. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Grow Smart RI and the Board of Trustees for Trinity Repertory Company, where she is also on the Finance and Facilities Committees. Julia Anne is also a member of the Advisory Board for LISC (Local Initiatives Support Corporation) and its related Credit Committee, as a member of Christ the King Parish's Finance Council and on the Advisory Board for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Providence and East Bay. Julia Anne is also a member of The Providence Foundation, REFA (Real Estate Finance Association), NAIOP (National Association of Industrial and Office Properties) and Risk Management Association (RMA). She is an active member of the Boston Chapter of Commercial Women in Real Estate (CREW) and is also a member of the American Bankers Association (ABA) where she serves on the Commercial Real Estate Lending Committee.

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