Essex Savings Bank in Essex, Conn., has promoted vice president Gregory R. Shook to president and chief executive officer.

Mr. Shook succeeds John Barr, who died July 10.

He joined Essex from Branford (Conn.) Savings Bank after Northfork Bancorp. bought Branford Savings in December 1997. At Branford Mr. Shook was a senior vice president and secretary, administration from 1987 to 1997 and also interim president and CEO in 1991.

Earlier Mr. Shook was vice president, administration at First Federal Savings in Madison, Conn., and vice president of marketing at State Home Savings Association in Bowling Green, Ohio.

He began his career at Signal Financial Corp., a subsidiary of the former Philadelphia National Corp., as a manager in Ohio and Virginia.

He has 25 years of banking experience.

Essex Savings has $138 million of assets and four offices, in Essex, Old Saybrook, and Old Lyme.

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