Westfield Bank Appoints John P. Lanigan, Jr. to Board of Directors


AKRON, Ohio, May 27, 2014 - John P. Lanigan, Jr. was elected to the Westfield Bank Board of Directors effective April 1, 2014

Lanigan is currently chair of the Division of business Administration at Baldwin Wallace University (BWU), where he is responsible for all graduate and undergraduate business degree programs in addition to professional and executive business education.

"We are excited to welcome John to the Westfield Bank Board of Directors. His appointment is one that aligns with our organization's goals in advancement, expansion and innovation," said Jon Park, Westfield Bank Chairman and Bank Leader. "His extensive leadership experience, along with his industry expertise, is a welcome addition to our team."

Lanigan is the former executive vice president and chief marketing officer of BNSF Railway Company (NYSE:BNI),a wholly owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. At BNF, he was responsible for sales marketing, customer service, economic development and business unit support during a period in which the company's annual revenue increased from $9 billion to $20 billion.

Prior to BNSF Railway, Lanigan served as president and chief executive officer of Logistics.com, Inc., a venture-capital-funded logistics software company that was later sold to Manhattan Associates (NASDAQ: MANH), a logistics software firm.

Lanigan also spent 16 years with Schneider National, Inc., the largest privately owned truckload carrier in North America, where he eventually took the role of chief operating officer. In this position, he was responsible for more than 20,000 employees and annual corporate revenue in excess of $3 billion.

In addition, Lanigan served six years active duty as a U.S. Coast Guard officer. After transferring to the Coast Guard Reserve, Lanigan commanded six units, including a Reserve Port Security Unit that deployed to Operation Desert Storm from 1990-1991. He retired in 1997 with the rank of Commander.

Previously, Lanigan served as an active member of numerous academic institutions, having recently joined the Baldwin Wallace University Board of Trustees, and previously spending nine years on the University of Texas at Arlington College of Business Advisory Board, including two years as its president.

He has been a guest lecturer on business topics at BWU, University of Wisconsin, University of Georgia, Georgia Tech, MIT, U.S. Coast Guard Academy and others.

About Westfield Bank
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