On October 16, over 200 East Cambridge Savings Bank employees, Board members, 1854 Bancorp Corporators, and several retired employees came together to celebrate the career of Gilda M. Nogueira, who is retiring on October 31 after 46 years of service to the Bank. Since 2012, Nogueira has served as the Bank’s President and Chief Executive Officer. She is the Bank’s 14th President, and first woman to serve in that role.
“46 years is a lifetime. And a 46-year career with the same organization is a story in-of itself.
When you start as a 17-year-old teen, it’s simply a part-time job. But what started as a part-time job, over time turned into a career. And it turned into a career because of great people who had a lot of faith in me – mentors who saw in me what I often did not see in myself. I hope that I have paid it forward,” Nogueira said at the event. “It has been an absolute honor to be a part of such a wonderful organization and a great industry. There are no words to describe my gratitude.”
Tim Bombard, Nogueira’s successor, reflected on the arc of her illustrious career. “Throughout Gilda’s tenure, she has exemplified unwavering dedication, vision, and a tireless commitment to the well-being of ECSB and the communities we call home. Her leadership has seen our Bank achieve unprecedented milestones, and her passion for excellence has been the driving force behind our growth,” he noted. “Under Gilda’s guidance, we have expanded into new markets, launched groundbreaking products and services, and fostered a corporate culture that values innovation, inclusivity, and sustainability. Gilda has always led by example, setting the bar high for all of us to follow.”
Also sharing reflections on Nogueira’ career was Joseph Amoroso, the Chair of the Bank’s Board of Directors and someone who has known Gilda since the late 90’s. In addition to Nogueira’s accomplishments as a banker, Amoroso remarks about her community involvement and commitment to developing employee talent. “Community focus has always been a fabric of the bank in large part thanks to Gilda. Connecting with the community, supporting various volunteer and outreach opportunities shows the commitment of the bank to the community. Her dedication to the bank and its employees is evident in numerous ways every day. Providing growth opportunities to those who want to work and move up through the ranks has always been a very important issue with Gilda,” Amoroso said. “When I think of Gilda in her work at East Cambridge Savings Bank, several adjectives come to mind: leadership, community focused, dedication and finally impactful. No one in the bank works harder than Gilda.”
Kathleen Murphy, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Massachusetts Bankers Association, the trade group that represents 125 banks of all sizes throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, joined Bombard and Amoroso with congratulatory remarks. In addition to sharing remarks about Nogueira’s leadership and impact on the financial services industry, Murphy presented a congratulatory citation from the Association’s Board of Directors.
Citations and resolutions were also sent by the Cambridge City Council, the Massachusetts House of Representatives, the Massachusetts State Senate, and the Office of the Governor and Lieutenant Governor.
A brief video with reflections from Nogueira’s colleagues was also played for attendees and can be viewed here.
Photo caption: Left to right: Tina Pacheco, Maria Gomes, Gilda Nogueira, Albert Pacheco, Joe Nogueira.