February 18, 2018
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New CEO at Bar Harbor Bankshares; succession timeline announced

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Curtis Simard

BAR HARBOR, Maine — The Board of Directors of Bar Harbor Bankshares, the parent company of Bar Harbor Bank & Trust, has selected Curtis C. Simard of TD Bank as the next president and CEO of Bar Harbor Bankshares and its wholly owned subsidiary Bar Harbor Bank & Trust.

Simard’s selection follows the previously announced planned retirement of Joseph M. Murphy scheduled for the end of June.  Murphy has served as the CEO of BHB since 2002.

“After a wide and careful search, we are very pleased to welcome Curtis Simard to lead our management team,” said Peter Dodge, chairman of the Board of Directors, in a press release. “He brings with him a reputation for excellence in leadership and team building. In particular he possesses extensive experience in developing portfolios of high quality assets at many levels throughout the New England region and is well-versed in the challenges of balancing growth and quality.

“He has managed strategic growth initiatives into new markets and has significant experience harnessing commercial, retail and wealth management platforms into collaborative business development teams. These skills and experiences will be crucial to BHB’s future success in the competitive banking environment we find ourselves navigating today. BHB has enjoyed a decade of remarkable success under Joe Murphy’s leadership, which has rewarded our shareholders, our customers and our employees.  We are confident that Curtis will continue to build on Joe’s strong leadership record for the future.”

Simard will assume his new position as president and CEO of Bar Harbor Bank & Trust effective June 17, and will assume the position of president and CEO of Bar Harbor Bankshares on Aug. 10.

Murphy will continue as President and CEO of BHB until Aug. 9. Murphy has been nominated for re-election as a member of the BHB Board of Directors for a one-year term. The election will occur on May 21 at BHB’s annual meeting.

Simard, 42, most recently served TD Bank as senior vice president and managing director of corporate banking. At TD Bank, he concentrated on developing commercial banking and related cross-selling strategies for a number of East Coast geographies and market segments, including a recent focus upon New England and upstate New York. Simard has been with TD Bank and its predecessor companies since 2002.

Prior to joining TD Bank, Simard was affiliated with First New Hampshire Bank and its successor, Citizens Bank, from 1992 to 2002 where, after serving in a number of progressively responsible capacities, he led various business initiatives, including the development of the New Hampshire and Maine commercial banking markets.

A native of Saco, Simard graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a B.A. in Economics. Mr. Simard and his wife, Laurel, live with their two daughters in Hampton, N.H., and plan to relocate to the MDI area during the next few months.

Named one of Maine’s “Best Places to Work” in 2011 and 2012, Bar Harbor Bankshares is the parent company of its wholly owned subsidiary, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust. Bar Harbor Bank & Trust, founded in 1887 and celebrating its 125th year of operation, provides full service community banking with fifteen branch office locations serving downeast, midcoast and central Maine.