Lakeland Bank Announces New Hires - October 2017

Oak Ridge, N.J. – Oct 26, 2017 – Thomas J. Shara, President and CEO of Lakeland Bank, is pleased to announce the following appointments.

Alethea Batts has been hired as Vice President, Learning and Development based at the Milton Operations Center. She was most recently a Senior Vice President, Area Director with Citibank in Fort Lee. Prior to that, she was Senior Vice President, Consumer Market Executive with Bank of America in Cranford. Batts earned a bachelor’s degree in history and Afro-American studies from Princeton University and is a graduate of the Consumer Bankers Association Graduate School of Retail Management. She resides in Scotch Plains.

Andrew Dowd has been hired as Vice President, Project Manager based at the Milton Operations Center. He was most recently a Vice President, Retirement Change the Bank, Senior Consultant at Morgan Stanley, BINEC in New York City. Prior to that, Dowd was Vice President, PMO at Prudential Financial in Iselin, N.J. He earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Seton Hall University and has maintained the Project Management Professional designation since 2006. Dowd resides in Budd Lake.

Sandra Gelato has been hired as Vice President, Deposit Operations Supervisor based at the Milton Operations Center. She was most recently a Consumer Banking Operations Manager with Synchrony Bank (formally GE Capital Retail Bank) in Bridgewater. Prior to that, she was a Branch Sales Manager with Valley National Bank in Wayne. Gelato earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Centenary University, graduating magna cum laude. She resides in Long Valley.

Judy Gropper has been hired as Vice President, Talent Acquisition Manager based in Oak Ridge. Gropper joins the Bank with over 25 years of retail management and talent acquisition experience. She was most recently a Director, Talent Acquisition and Recruitment Initiatives Nationwide with Bloomingdale’s in New York, N.Y. Gropper earned a bachelor’s degree in retail management from Syracuse University. She resides in Branchburg.

Timothy John Mol has been hired as Vice President, Financial Advisor based in Westwood. He will be serving the Hillsdale, North Haledon, Park Ridge, Waldwick and Wyckoff Offices. Mol was most recently a Senior Financial Advisor with Merrill Lynch in Paramus. Prior to that, he was a Regional Bank Private Banker, Assistant Vice President with Wachovia Bank in Rockland County, N.Y. Mol earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration with concentrations in finance and marketing from Montclair State University, graduating magna cum laude. He is a resident of Morris County.

Michael Pucci has been hired as Assistant Vice President, HRIS Manager based in Oak Ridge. He was most recently a Project Manager for Enterprise eTime with Automatic Data Processing (ADP) in Parsippany. Pucci earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting from Rutgers University and holds a Certified Payroll Professional Certification from the American Payroll Institute. He resides in Lyndhurst.

Peter Siino has been hired as Assistant Vice President, Compensation Manager based in Oak Ridge. He was most recently a Senior Human Resources Generalist with Honeywell International in Morris Plains and prior to that was a Compensation and Benefits Analyst with Wakefern Food Corp. in Edison. Siino earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Centenary College and a master’s degree from Texas A&M University-Commerce. He resides Morris County.

 

About Lakeland Bank

Lakeland Bank is the wholly-owned subsidiary of Lakeland Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:LBAI), which has $5.4 billion in total assets. The Bank operates 53 branch offices throughout Bergen, Essex, Morris, Ocean, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, and Union counties in New Jersey including one branch in Highland Mills, New York; six New Jersey regional commercial lending centers in Bernardsville, Jackson, Montville, Newton, Teaneck and Waldwick; and one in New York to serve the Hudson Valley region. Lakeland also has a commercial loan production office serving Middlesex and Monmouth counties in New Jersey.  Lakeland Bank offers an extensive suite of financial products and services for businesses and consumers. Visit LakelandBank.com for more information.

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