CNB Financial (CCNE) Appoints New Board Chairman

August 11, 2016 3:22 PM EDT

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On Tuesday, August 9, 2016, Peter F. Smith, a member of the CNB Financial Corporation (NASDAQ: CCNE) board of directors for 27 years, was unanimously elected Chairman of the Board, effective January 1, 2017, by fellow directors.

Dennis L. Merrey has been Chairman since 2007 and provided a two-year notice of his intention to step down as chair at the end of 2016. Mr. Merrey has been a director of the Corporation since 1991 and will remain on the Board of Directors.

"I would like to personally thank Denny for his years of service as Chairman of the Board," said Joseph B. Bower, Jr., CNB Bank President and CEO. "Under his leadership we have navigated through many environments, the recession, several expansion plans and doubling the corporation's assets. His experience will continue to be a positive presence in the boardroom." Mr. Bower continued by saying, "Peter's knowledge of banking and our culture will ensure that CNB stays committed to all of the communities that we serve, and I look forward to working with him."

Mr. Smith obtained his Bachelor of Arts from Williams College in 1976 and later graduated from the Dickinson School of Law in 1981. He joined his late father, William U. Smith, in the general practice of law in Clearfield after graduation and continues that practice today. Mr. Smith was appointed to the CNB Financial Corporation board of directors in 1989.

Mr. Smith is the sixth chairman of the corporation since its formation in 1984. John Leitzinger was the original chairperson followed by Ronald B. Strattan, L. E. Soult, Jr., William Owens and most recently Mr. Merrey.

Mr. Smith said, "On behalf of the shareholders, I thank Mr. Merrey for his outstanding leadership and service to CNB. I will dedicate myself to building upon his fine work and the work of those who preceded us. The board and management are committed to delivering superior banking service to our customers, and we are confident that will build value for our investors."

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