Northwest Bank names Brocton man VP, security officer

Lance Spencer

WARREN, Pa. — Lance L. Spencer has been named vice president and chief information security officer (CISO) of Northwest Bank. Drew Young, chief information officer, made the announcement.

As chief information security officer, Mr. Spencer oversees the bank’s cybersecurity programs, manages information security practices and develops strategies to prevent potential cybersecurity threats against the bank and its customers, including incident management.

Mr. Spencer has over 20 years of experience in the information systems industry. He began his career with Northwest in 2012 as a data security engineer, a position he held until 2015, when he was promoted to information security team leader. In 2017, he was promoted to assistant vice president of information security for the bank.

Mr. Spencer received his degree in computer science with a focus in programming and a minor in data processing from Bryant & Stratton College. He holds his Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) designation from ISC2. He also holds his private pilot license, which he received from the Dunkirk Aviation Flight School.

He is the son of Mary Spencer of Fredonia. He lives in Brocton with his wife, Denise, and two children, Damian and Ethan.

About Northwest Bank

Northwest Bank operates 162 full-service offices and 10 free-standing drive through locations. Founded in 1896, Northwest offers a complete line of personal and business banking products including employee benefits, investment management services, insurance and trust. Northwest Bancshares, Inc. is the holding company of Northwest and is listed on the NASDAQ Global Select Market as NWBI. More information about Northwest can be found online at