NBT Bank Names Sastri as Chief Diversity Officer

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NBT Bank announced that Karen Sastri has been named Chief Diversity Officer. This appointment marks the next milestone for NBT’s diversity, equity and inclusion efforts, with the designation of the role of Chief Diversity Officer on a full-time basis.

“NBT has long viewed our focus on diversity, equity and inclusion as a journey—one that we are committed to continually growing and evolving,” said John H. Watt, Jr., President & CEO of NBT Bank. “For several years, we have been fortunate to have incredible individuals execute the responsibility of this role in a shared capacity. While each left their indelible marks, we know that Karen will continue their work with the passion and dedication she is known for bringing to the table, buoyed by the sole focus of this as her primary function.”

As Chief Diversity Officer, Sastri provides continuity for NBT’s established DE&I initiatives and will work with leadership to establish new programs and best practices, focusing on recruitment, retention and development.

“The role of CDO has been a critical one for NBT,” said Watt. “We are committed to giving all of our employees a place to speak up and contribute, provide our customers a place where they feel welcomed, and our communities a place to be supported.”

Sastri joined NBT Bank in 1996 and has extensive experience in training and development and employee relations. She earned a bachelor’s degree from University of Albany and holds a strategic Human Resources Business Partner certification (sHRBP). Sastri is active in the community, serving as a board member for the Chenango United Way and Dollars for Scholars, as well as a member of the Norwich Boys Soccer Boosters. She also previously served on the Board of Directors for the United Way of New York State.