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Two step into new positions with First Mid

MATTOON – First Mid-Illinois Bancshares, Inc. recently announced organizational changes for the company.

dean clayWith the announced retirement of Paul Saegesser, chief executive officer for First Mid Insurance Group, Clay Dean will step into the role and will remain an Executive Committee member of First Mid-Illinois Bank and Trust.

In his new position, Clay, left, will oversee the operational, sales, customer service and financial functions of the agency.

Clay joined First Mid in 2010 as senior vice president, business development and later moved into the role of senior vice president, chief deposit services officer. Prior to joining First Mid, Dean served as a vice president at New Alliance Bank in New Haven, Conn., where he acted as the bank’s principal business development officer.

lewis mandyAs a result of Dean’s move, Mandy Lewis, right, has been appointed senior vice president, retail banking officer for First Mid-Illinois Bank & Trust and will serve on the Executive Committee. In her new role, she will be responsible for the overall management of retail deposit services including: training and development, credit card and merchant services sales, bank security, and developing policies, procedures and objectives.

She began her career with First Mid in 2001 and most recently served as vice president, director of marketing. She was recognized by the Illinois Business Journal as a Rising Star for career accomplishments.

Joe Dively, chairman, president and CEO of First Mid-Illinois Bancshares, Inc., announced the changes in the wake of Saegesser’s  retirement.

“After 38 years with the agency, we wish Paul the very best in his retirement and thank him for his years of exceptional service to the company,” Dively said.

About First Mid-Illinois Bancshares, Inc.:

First Mid-Illinois Bancshares, Inc., headquartered in Mattoon, Illinois, is the parent company of First Mid-Illinois Bank & Trust, N.A. and First Mid Insurance Group. First Mid was first chartered in 1865 and has since grown into a more than $1.5 billion community-focused organization that includes 37 banking centers in 25 Illinois communities, including in Metro East.

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