CONNIE MONTELEONE WHITTON
BOARD DIRECTOR ∙ BUSINESS EXECUTIVE ∙ CONSULTANT
Whitton is an accomplished executive with in-depth experience in retail banking, corporate manufacturing, and board leadership. She is known and sought after for her ability to lead growth and transition, and for her ability to build, and re-build teams to new levels of performance in times of change.
Whitton created Whitton Consulting Group in 2006 to provide resources to support organizations and their leaders when faced with challenges that prevent them from achieivng their strategic goals.
Whitton served as Senior Vice President for Alliance Bank (recently acquired by NBT, Bank) in their Retail sector where she led Trust and Investment Services, Branch Banking, Small Business Lending and the Customer Call center. While there, she delivered significant growth in core deposits, restructured key functions, established the small business lending unit and led branch expansion into major markets. Prior to that, Whitton was with Carrier Corporation where she provided leadership in Marketing Sales and Services, Product Development, Distributor Relations and Strategic Planning.
During her tenure there she led restructuring efforts resulting in significant cost savings to the corporation. Whitton joined Carrier from HSBC where, as a Retail Banking Senior Vice President, she led restructuring and integration of new banking entities, increased market share and delivered increased revenues. Whitton has recently served as an internal consultant and Vice President for a local defense contractor.
Whitton is an involved community leader. She was Chair and a board director for Onondaga Community College for 16 years, leading the development of the college’s first strategic plan and the hiring of two college presidents. She was the recipient of an honorary degree there in 2012. She has also provided board leadership to SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, the Central New York United Way, Friends of the Burnet Park Zoo, the Onondaga Lake Commission, the Onondaga County Planning Board, New York State Banker’s Association and a member of the CNY's Medical Society's Grievance Committee for 14 years. She currently is a Trustee for Cazenovia College, Cazenovia, NY.
Whitton has her Bachelor’s degree from St. Bonaventure University in Managerial Sciences and Finance & Accounting.