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Benjamin to exit Five Star Bank board

John E. Benjamin has served on the board of Five Star Bank's parent company for 15 years, including a stint as the bank's interim CEO.

Now he is preparing to step away. Benjamin will not seek re-election to Financial Institutions' board in June, at the Warsaw-based bank's annual shareholders meeting.

Benjamin joined the board in 2002 and served as its chairman from 2010 to 2014. From August 2012 to March 2013, Benjamin also served as the bank's interim CEO, following the sudden retirement of longtime CEO Peter Humphrey. Benjamin was succeeded as CEO by Martin K. Birmingham, who remains in that role.

John E. Benjamin, Financial Institutions Inc. board member

In a regulatory filing, Financial Institutions said Benjamin's decision to not seek re-election to the board "was not due to any disagreement with the company." The bank's board consists of 11 members.

Benjamin retired in late 2015 as president of Three Rivers Development Corp., an economic development organization in the Corning area.




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