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Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934


Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): November 18, 2020



(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)


Delaware 001-13695 16-1213679
(State or other jurisdiction of (Commission File Number) (IRS Employer Identification No.)


5790 Widewaters Parkway, DeWitt, New York 13214
(Address of principal executive offices) (Zip Code)


Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (315) 445-2282


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(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)


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Common Stock, $1.00 par value per share CBU New York Stock Exchange


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Item 5.02Departure of Directors and Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers


(d)       On November 18, 2020, Community Bank System, Inc.’s (“Community Bank System”) Board of Directors (the “Board”) elected Susan E. Skerritt, as a new independent director. Ms. Skerritt is a Senior Advisor with Promontory Financial Group, an IBM company that provides consulting service to financial institutions on regulatory, governance and risk management matters. She previously served as the Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of Deutche Bank Trust Company Americas. She has over 35 years of experience in the banking and financial services industry and brings a wealth of knowledge and management expertise to the Board.


The Board has determined that Ms. Skerritt is an independent director under the standards established by the New York Stock Exchange and the Board. Ms. Skerritt’s appointment expands the Company’s Board to 13 Directors, 12 of whom are independent. Ms. Skerritt was also appointed to the Board of Directors of Community Bank, N.A., the Company’s wholly-owned banking subsidiary. The Board has determined that she is an audit committee financial expert and has appointed her as a member of the Audit and Compliance Committee and Risk Committee.


Ms. Skerritt’s compensation will be consistent with that of other non-employee directors, consisting of an annual cash retainer of $60,000 for Board service plus $10,000 retainer for service on the Audit and Compliance Committee, which will be apportioned for fiscal year 2020 based on her appointment date.


There is no arrangement or understanding between Ms. Skerritt and any other persons pursuant to which Ms. Skerritt was selected as a director. Furthermore, Ms. Skerritt does not have any related party transactions with the Company that would require disclosure under Item 404(a) of Regulation S-K.


A copy of the press release announcing Ms. Skerritt’s appointment is attached hereto as Exhibit 99.1 and is incorporated by reference into this Current Report on Form 8-K.


Item 9.01Financial Statements and Exhibits




99.1 Press Release, dated November 19, 2020, issued by Community Bank System, Inc.
104 Cover Page Interactive Data File (embedded in the cover page formatted in Inline XBRL)







Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.



  Community Bank System, Inc.
  By:  /s/ George J. Getman
  Name: George J. Getman
  Title: EVP and General Counsel


Dated: November 19, 2020





Exhibit Index


Exhibit Number Description
99.1 Press Release, dated November 19, 2020, issued by Community Bank System, Inc.
104 Cover Page Interactive Data File (embedded in the cover page formatted in Inline XBRL)