The Farmers Bank names new CEO
Frankfort-based The Farmers Bank has selected Christopher Cook as its next president and CEO. Cook currently serves as chief financial officer for Huntington-based Northeast Indiana Bancorp, the parent of First Federal Savings Bank.
Cook will succeed Karen Gregerson, who last September announced her plans to retire. The bank said then she would help with the transition of the next CEO before she officially steps down this September.
Prior to joining Northeast Indiana Bancorp, Cook spent the majority of his career at MutualBank, where he worked his way up to CFO. When the bank was acquired by Pennsylvania-based Northwest Bancshares Inc. in 2020, Cook became chief operating officer for the bank’s Indiana market.
“His expertise impressed the board, but what sealed the deal was his dedication to serving the community,” The Farmers Bank said in a statement on social media. “He shares our philosophy that a community bank like The Farmers Bank is only as strong as the communities it serves.”
Cook’s last day at Northeast Indiana Bancorp will be June 9. The bank said an executive search in underway to find his successor as CFO.
Cook is a graduate of the Miller College of Business at Ball State University, where he also serves as an adjunct professor in the Department of Finance and Insurance.