Independent Bank Appoint Fields and O’Shanna Morton to Board of Directors

Independent Bank and Rockland Trust Company appointed Warren Fields and James O’Shanna Morton to the company’s board of directors, effective Feb, 1. Independent is the parent company of Rockland Trust.

Fields is a senior executive with more than 30 years of experience in the hospitality industry. As president and CEO of Pyramid Hotel Group, Fields leads acquisitions, development initiatives, financial decisions and operations for the company. Prior to his role as president, Fields was a chief investment officer at PHG and was responsible for business development, third party and asset management contracts, and mergers and acquisitions. Before joining PHG, Fields served as the vice president of development and operations for Promus Hotel Corporation, which was sold to Hilton Hotel Corporation in 1999.

“We are extremely pleased to welcome Warren to our holding company and bank board of directors,” Donna L. Abelli, chair of both the Independent Bank and Rockland Trust board, said. “His experience leading business development initiatives as well as his deep understanding of operations and strategy in a customer service-based industry will strengthen our board and assist with the continued growth of Rockland Trust.”

“I am honored to join the Independent Bank and Rockland Trust Company boards of directors,” Fields said. “I am excited to be part of a growing, well-run organization that operates efficiently, takes exceptional care of its employees and delivers such highly-regarded customer experiences.”

Morton is the president and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Boston, a large Massachusetts social services provider offering programs to promote the health and wellbeing of children and teenagers in the community. Previously, Morton served as the president and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Hartford in Connecticut.

“James will be a tremendous asset to our holding company and bank board of directors,” Abelli said. “His deep understanding of the needs of local communities and his relationship-based approach to making key business decisions will provide our board with a valuable and unique perspective.”

“I am very pleased to join the Independent Bank and Rockland Trust Company boards of directors,” Morton said. “I’m inspired by the bank’s ability to thrive and invest in local businesses and non-profits. I look forward to lending my experience to help the organization continue to be successful and strengthen the communities it serves.”

“In order for us to continue growing, it’s essential that we meet the evolving needs of our colleagues, customers and communities, and we are committed to doing so,” Christopher Oddleifson, CEO of Independent Bank and Rockland Trust, said, “Warren and James each bring a great deal of business acumen as well as proven leadership experience to the boardroom. We look forward to their fresh perspectives on how we can further solidify our mission at the bank where each relationship matters. We welcome them enthusiastically and are confident they each will have a meaningful and positive impact on the decisions we make at Rockland Trust.”

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