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First Business Bank Announces 2023 CFO Succession Plan

May 20, 2022, 07:55 AM

First Business Financial Services announced that Chief Financial Officer Edward G. Sloane, Jr. intends to retire on March 31, 2023 and that the Company plans to name Chief Accounting Officer Brian D. Spielmann to succeed him as CFO effective the same date.

“Brian has an in-depth understanding of our Bank, our finance and accounting team, and our strategic vision for continued growth and success, as well as the needs of our internal and external stakeholders,” President and Chief Executive Officer Corey Chambas said. “As a strategic contributor and trusted advisor to me and the entire management team for many years, Brian truly embodies First Business Bank’s commitment to create value by living our values and is ideally suited to serve as our next CFO.”

Spielmann will serve as Deputy Chief Financial Officer and Chief Accounting Officer until he succeeds Sloane as CFO of the holding Company and First Business Bank on March 31. The 16-year Company veteran has played an instrumental role in First Business Bank’s strategic planning, capital planning, asset/liability management, liquidity management, financial reporting and investor relations activities. Prior to being named Chief Accounting Officer in 2020, Spielmann held a number of progressive financial leadership roles after joining First Business Bank in 2006. He earned his accounting degree from Bradley University and his Masters of Business Administration from Edgewood College. A certified public accountant, Spielmann also completed the ABA Stonier Graduate School of Banking program and holds a Leadership Certificate in Banking from the University of Pennsylvania – The Wharton School.

“I’ve had the pleasure of working closely with Brian since I arrived at the Bank and know the finance team and the Company as a whole will be in excellent hands with him as First Business Bank’s CFO,” Sloane said. “I want to thank Corey, the Board and all of my colleagues for the incredible opportunity they’ve given me to contribute to this special Company’s mission and the Madison community that I’m very proud to now call home.”

Sloane’s distinguished 40-year career includes serving as First Business Bank’s CFO since 2016. Previously, he was CFO of Peoples Bancorp, Inc. and served in a variety of roles at WesBanco, Inc., including Senior Vice President of Strategic Planning. Sloane received a BSBA from Marshall University, a Leadership Certificate from the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and is a certified public accountant.

“Ed joined First Business Bank as our CFO more than six years ago, and we have benefitted tremendously from his decades of regional and community bank experience,” Chambas added. “Nowhere is Ed’s impact on our organization more evident than in the outstanding finance and accounting team he has built for the Bank, including the development of a strong cadre of emerging leaders. I am very pleased that we can continue to rely on his expertise over the next 10 months as he and Brian continue to work closely together to support the ongoing execution of our growth initiatives and overall strategic plan.”

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