CNB Financial Corp. in Canajoharie, N.Y., has elected Van Ness D. Robinson as chairman-its first since 1991.

Mr. Robinson, 63, is the chairman and executive vice president of New York Central Mutual Fire Insurance Co. in Edmeston. He has been a CNB director since 1997.

The $718 million-asset company also elected its first vice chairman ever. John P. Woods Jr., 62, is president and owner of a reinsurance and intermediary firm bearing his name. CNB's last chairman was David J. Nolan, who retired from that job and the post of chief executive officer in 1991. He is still a director.

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