David W. Glidden, President & CEO of Liberty Bank of Middletown, Connecticut, today announced the hiring of Hope Utterbeck, a longtime, highly-regarded IT leader who joins Liberty as Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer (CIO).
Utterbeck, who has extensive multi-industry IT experience, comes to Liberty from Webster Bank, where she held the position of Senior Vice President and Director, Business Applications since 2018.
Utterbeck’s extensive IT career began more than 25 years ago with General Electric, holding key leadership roles including CIO of Sourcing & Enterprise Systems, VP of Corporate Staff Systems and IT Digitization Team leader for Global Commercial Applications. From 2012 to 2018 at GE Capital, she was VP/Global IT Operations Leader and then VP of Enterprise Data Platforms.
“Hope’s vast IT experience, strong business acumen, broad technical aptitude and knowledge working in complex industries will be instrumental in advancing our technology strategy, promoting an innovative culture and achieving operational excellence far into Liberty Bank’s exciting future,” said Glidden. “We know her more than two decades of success in the field of information technology and proven leadership in banking and elsewhere will go a long way in achieving our vision to build the community bank of the future.”
In addition to her professional responsibilities, Utterbeck has been a philanthropic leader in the community. Currently, she is a Director and Treasurer for UR Community Cares, Inc. and recently served as co-chair of Webster Bank’s United Way Campaign. In addition, she has been a longtime Board Officer for Second Congregational Church & Cong Church of Burlington and has earned a reputation for being a dedicated coach and mentor of future leaders.
Utterbeck graduated from Central Connecticut State University with a B.S. in Management Information Systems and earned her MBA from the University of Hartford.
She is based at Liberty Bank’s corporate headquarters in Middletown.
About Liberty Bank
Established in 1825, Liberty Bank is Connecticut’s oldest bank, with over $6 billion in assets and 60 banking offices throughout the central, eastern, western and shoreline areas of the state. As a full-service financial institution, Liberty offers consumer and commercial banking, home mortgages, insurance, and investment services. Named ‘Top Workplace’ by the Hartford Courant for nine consecutive years, Liberty maintains a longstanding commitment to superior personal service and unparalleled community involvement.