TODD M. SCHEUB NAMED CHIEF REVENUE OFFICER OF FINWARD BANCORP AND PRESIDENT OF PEOPLES BANK

Munster, Indiana, UNITED STATES


Munster, Ind., April 28, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- On April 27th, 2022, the Boards of Directors of Finward Bancorp (Nasdaq: FNWD) (the “Bancorp” or “Finward”) and its wholly-owned subsidiary, Peoples Bank (the “Bank” or “Peoples”), announced the appointment of Todd M. Scheub as Bank President and Executive Vice President, Chief Revenue Officer of the Bancorp.

Mr. Scheub joined Peoples in 1996 and previously held positions in the commercial lending group. Most recently, Mr. Scheub has served as the Executive Vice President, Chief Banking Officer, for the Bancorp and the Bank, where he was responsible for the Bank’s Wealth Management, Retail Banking, Marketing, Commercial, and Retail Lending groups.

In his new role, Mr. Scheub will focus on strengthening existing relationships, building new business and community relationships, and will continue to provide oversight to the Bank’s sales teams. Marketing will report directly to the CEO.

“I am humbled by this opportunity, and I am excited to continue making an even bigger impact on our employees, customers, and communities,” said Scheub. “For the past two decades, I have had the privilege of serving alongside an exceptional group of bankers. This team, paired with the execution of our proven strategies in Northwest Indiana and Chicagoland, continues to position Peoples Bank as a leader in our communities and as a trusted partner that is reliable, responsive, and forward-thinking.”

The decision to promote Todd aligns with Finward’s strategic plan to create efficiencies, invest in technologies, and reinvest in our communities whenever possible.

“I am proud to announce Todd’s promotion to Chief Revenue Officer of Finward Bancorp and President of Peoples Bank,” said Benjamin Bochnowski, chief executive officer. “He has actively built a high-performing sales team in all of our business units as Chief Banking Officer, and as President, he will continue to form and enhance these relationships to expand revenue opportunities. Todd has built decades’ worth of experience at Peoples Bank carrying out our mission of helping our customers and communities be more successful. In his new role as President, he will amplify his impact through leadership of our sales teams and leadership of customer engagement. Todd has the full support of our Board to bring customer engagement and our sales team to the next level, and I am excited to be able to work with him in this new role.”

Mr. Scheub holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business and an MBA from Indiana University Northwest. He also graduated from America’s Community Bankers National School of Banking. Mr. Scheub serves on the Boards of Directors of Campagna Academy, Lake County Economic Alliance, and the Indiana University Business School Advisory Board.

About Finward Bancorp

Finward Bancorp is a locally managed and independent financial holding company headquartered in Munster, Indiana, whose activities are primarily limited to holding the stock of Peoples Bank. Peoples Bank provides a wide range of personal, business, electronic and wealth management financial services from its 30 locations in Lake and Porter Counties in Northwest Indiana and the Chicagoland area. Finward Bancorp’s common stock is listed on the Nasdaq Capital Market under the symbol FNWD. The website ibankpeoples.com provides information on Peoples Bank’s products and services, and Finward Bancorp’s investor relations.

Forward Looking Statements

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