Edward O. Handy III
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Edward “Ned” O. Handy III is the Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer for Washington Trust Bancorp, Inc., the parent of The Washington Trust Company. Handy leads a team of more than 600 employees dedicated to providing a full range of financial services, including commercial banking, mortgage banking, personal banking and wealth management and trust services through offices located throughout Rhode Island, Connecticut and Massachusetts.
Founded in 1800, Washington Trust is the oldest community bank in the nation, the largest state-chartered bank headquartered in Rhode Island and recognized as one of the Northeast’s premier financial services companies.
Handy served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Washington Trust since November of 2013. Before joining the Bank, he spent 18 years at Citizens Financial Group, most recently serving as President of Citizens Bank Rhode Island and Citizens Bank Connecticut. He began his career in commercial lending at Fleet Financial Group.
A Brown University graduate and Rhode Island resident, Handy is the Chairman of the Board for the Rhode Island Community Food Bank and serves on the boards for both Delta Dental of Rhode Island and the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce.