Mhatre Elected Consumer Bankers Association Board Chairman


Nitin Mhatre has been elected Consumer Bankers Association (CBA) chairman of the Board of Directors.

Mhatre serves as executive vice president and head of Community Banking at Webster Bank. Terms for CBA’s Board of Directors run from September to September.

Mhatre succeeds Todd Barnhart, executive vice president and retail distribution executive at PNC Bank. He will remain on the Board as Immediate Past Chair.

Pushing for Change for Banks

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Shutdown highlighted need for bank-backed small-dollar loans


  • A tremendous amount of attention rightfully was given to the financial hardships furloughed employees faced during the month-long partial shutdown of the federal government. I am proud to say banks proactively stepped up to the plate. But that did not stop the letters from Congress inquiring how financial institutions were helping furloughed workers — despite efforts being well underway long before politicians weighed in.


The shutdown has ended, yet some small businesses still struggle to move on

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