NORWICH, N.Y. (February 8, 2012) – NBT Bancorp Executive Vice President, Risk Management Howard Atkinson announced that Thomas J. Pastoric has been hired as senior vice president and director of audit.In this role, Pastoric will work closely with senior management and board members to direct and implement a comprehensive program for auditing the company and its subsidiaries, including risk assessment, program development, audit standards and reporting. Pastoric has over 25 years of experience in the financial services industry, including experience with regional and international banking organizations and the Federal Reserve System. Before joining NBT Bancorp, Pastoric was a senior internal audit manager at Royal Bank of Canada, USA, Raleigh, NC. He previously worked for United Bankshares, Inc., Parkersburg, West Virginia, as director of corporate internal audit and the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, Richmond, Virginia, as an internal audit specialty examiner. Pastoric earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration and accounting at West Virginia University, is a graduate of the South Carolina Bankers School at the University of South Carolina and attended the American Banker’s Association National School of Consumer Lending Compliance. “We are very excited to have Tom join our team,” Atkinson said. “His knowledge of the industry, strategic thinking and experience will assist the company’s continued efforts to develop comprehensive, risk based audit programs and procedures.” NBT Bancorp Inc. is a financial holding company headquartered in Norwich, NY, with total assets of $5.6 billion at December 31, 2011. The company primarily operates through NBT Bank, N.A., a full-service community bank with two divisions, and through two financial services companies. NBT Bank, N.A. has 131 locations, including 97 NBT Bank offices in upstate New York, northwestern Vermont and western Massachusetts and 35 Pennstar Bank offices in northeastern Pennsylvania. Mang Insurance Agency, LLC, based in Norwich, NY, is a full-service insurance agency with 25 locations in upstate New York. EPIC Advisors, Inc., based in Rochester, NY, is a full-service 401(k) plan recordkeeping firm.