Lakeland Bancorp Chairman Mary Ann Deacon Named to NACD Directorship 100

List recognizes most influential corporate directors and leaders

Oak Ridge, N.J., Jan. 9, 2017 – Thomas J. Shara, president and chief executive officer of Lakeland Bank, recently announced that Mary Ann Deacon, Chairman of Lakeland Bancorp was named to the 2016 National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) Directorship 100—a list of the most influential leaders in boardrooms and in corporate governance.

The NACD Directorship 100 is an annual list comprised of the leading corporate directors, corporate-governance experts, policymakers, and influencers who significantly impact boardroom practices and performance. NACD has recognized individual directors who serve as role models in promoting exemplary board leadership, oversight, and courage in the boardroom for nearly four decades.

“Mary Ann’s inclusion on this list of the foremost business leaders in America is an extraordinary and highly-honorable achievement,” said Shara. “Her leadership in the boardroom along with her unwavering commitment to advance our company sets a standard of excellence that all of our board members strive to meet, and I am extremely honored to work with her.”

Fifty corporate directors and leaders from 50 organizations that impact boardroom agendas were selected for inclusion in the NACD Directorship 100. For the full list of the corporate directors and leaders from corporate-governance entities—which includes boardroom advisors, institutional investors, the media, and regulators—please visit

Nominees are evaluated in four key categories: integrity, mature confidence, informed judgment, and high performance standards. An independent selection committee reviews each nominee’s history of advancing board performance and leading corporate-governance practices in accordance with established NACD principles. The principles are a framework that encourages excellence in areas critical to boardroom leadership, including, but not limited to, risk oversight, corporate strategy, compensation, and transparency.

The NACD helps more than 17,000 directors lead with confidence. As the recognized authority on leading boardroom practices, NACD aspires to a world where businesses are sustainable, profitable, and respected, and where stakeholders trust directors to develop strategies that create long-term value and provide effective oversight. World-class boards join NACD to elevate performance, gain foresight, and instill confidence. Fostering collaboration among directors, investors, and governance stakeholders, NACD has been shaping the future of board leadership for more than 35 years. To learn more about NACD, visit
About Lakeland Bank
Lakeland Bank is the wholly-owned subsidiary of Lakeland Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:LBAI), which has $4.9 billion in total assets. The Bank operates 52 New Jersey branch offices in Bergen, Essex, Morris, Ocean, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, and Union counties; six New Jersey regional commercial lending centers in Bernardsville, Jackson, Montville, Newton, Teaneck and Waldwick; and two commercial loan production offices serving Middlesex and Monmouth counties in New Jersey and the Hudson Valley region of New York. Lakeland Bank offers an extensive suite of financial products and services for businesses and consumers. Visit for more information.

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