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Section 1: 8-K (8-K)













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

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): June 26, 2020


Financial Institutions, Inc.

(Exact name of Registrant as Specified in Its Charter)



New York



(State or Other Jurisdiction

of Incorporation)

(Commission File Number)

(IRS Employer

Identification No.)




220 Liberty Street

Warsaw, New York



(Address of Principal Executive Offices)


(Zip Code)

Registrant’s Telephone Number, Including Area Code: (585) 786-1100

Not Applicable

(Former Name or Former Address, if Changed Since Last Report)


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

On July 1, 2020, Financial Institutions, Inc. (the “Company”) announced that William L. Kreienberg and the Company have mutually agreed that Mr. Kreienberg will depart from his role as the Company’s Executive Vice President, Chief Banking and Revenue Officer, as of June 26, 2020.

On June 30, 2020, the Company and Mr. Kreienberg entered into a separation and settlement agreement and release (the “Agreement”) that governs, among other things, the compensation Mr. Kreienberg will receive following his resignation. Mr. Kreienberg has the right to revoke the Agreement within seven days after executing the Agreement. After this revocation period, the Agreement will be fully effective and enforceable (“Effective Date”).

Under the terms of the Agreement, he will receive: (1) cash payments totaling $500,000 to be paid in four equal installments beginning in the Company’s next payroll period after the Effective Date and in each of the first payroll periods in October 2020, January 2021 and April 2021; and (2) title to his company car. Mr. Kreienberg is also eligible for continuing health and dental insurance coverage from the Effective Date until December 30, 2020. Mr. Kreienberg provided a general release of claims in favor of the Company and its subsidiaries and affiliates, agreed to keep the Company’s confidential information confidential and agreed not to solicit the Company’s customers or employees for a period of six months after the Effective Date.

A copy of the Agreement is expected to be filed as an exhibit to the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2020.

On July 1, 2020, the Company issued a press release announcing Mr. Kreienberg’s departure from the Company.  A copy of this press release is filed as Exhibit 99.1 to this Current Report on Form 8-K.

Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits.

(d) Exhibits.














Press Release issued by Financial Institutions, Inc. on July 1, 2020


Filed Herewith






































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 thereunto duly authorized.




Financial Institutions, Inc.





Date: July 1, 2020



/s/ Samuel J. Burruano, Jr.




Senior Vice President, General Counsel




          and Corporate Secretary


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Exhibit 99.1






Financial Institutions, Inc. Announces Change in Leadership

WARSAW, NY – July 1, 2020 – Financial Institutions, Inc. (NASDAQ:FISI) (the “Company”), parent company of Five Star Bank (the “Bank”), SDN Insurance Agency, LLC (“SDN”), Courier Capital, LLC (“Courier Capital”) and HNP Capital, LLC (“HNP Capital”), announced today that William L. Kreienberg stepped down from his position as Executive Vice President, Chief Banking and Revenue Officer of the Company and Five Star Bank, effective June 26, 2020. Mr. Kreienberg’s responsibilities will be assumed by other members of the Company’s leadership team. 


President and Chief Executive Officer Martin K. Birmingham said, “For the last five years, Bill Kreienberg has been a key member of our management team and he played a meaningful role in the execution of our strategy. We thank him for his service and wish him the best in this next phase of his career.” 


Mr. Kreienberg assumed the role of Executive Vice President, Chief Banking & Revenue Officer in November 2018 after previously serving as Executive Vice President, Chief Corporate Development Executive from November 2016 to November 2018 and as Executive Vice President, Chief Risk Officer from December 2014 (date he joined the Company) to November 2016. He also served as General Counsel from December 2014 to December 2019.


Mr. Kreienberg added, “After thoughtful consideration of current Company needs and personal priorities, we have mutually agreed that I will be stepping aside at Financial Institutions, Inc. and Five Star Bank. I am proud to have played an important role within the organization and have greatly enjoyed contributing to the growth of the Bank. I now look forward to pursing other opportunities. I wish Five Star Bank and my many friends there the best of everything in the future.”     


About Financial Institutions, Inc.

Financial Institutions, Inc. provides diversified financial services through its subsidiaries Five Star Bank, SDN, Courier Capital and HNP Capital. Five Star Bank provides a wide range of consumer and commercial banking and lending services to individuals, municipalities and businesses through a network of more than 50 offices throughout Western and Central New York State. SDN provides a broad range of insurance services to personal and business clients. Courier Capital and HNP Capital provide customized investment management, investment consulting and retirement plan services to individuals, businesses, institutions, foundations and retirement plans. Financial Institutions, Inc. and its subsidiaries employ approximately 700 individuals. The Company’s stock is listed on the Nasdaq Global Select Market under the symbol FISI. Additional information is available at


For additional information contact:

Shelly J. Doran

(585) 627-1362

[email protected]


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