Lakeland Bank Announces New Hires and Promotions

Oak Ridge, N.J. – June 22, 2017 – Thomas J. Shara, President and CEO of Lakeland Bank, is pleased to announce the following appointments to the Bank’s operations teams.

Paul Ho-Sing-Loy has been hired as Executive Vice President, Chief Information Officer based in Oak Ridge and will be responsible for further developing and leading the information technology strategy for the Bank. Joining Lakeland with more than 30 years of industry experience, Ho-Sing-Loy was most recently Senior Vice President, Business Solutions at Associated Bank, a regional bank with $29 billion in assets headquartered in Wisconsin. Prior to that, he served as divisional Chief Technology Officer for Bank of America in San Francisco and Wells Fargo Bank in San Francisco. He earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Cornell University. Ho-Sing-Loy resides in Sussex County.

Mary Kaye Nardone has been promoted to Chief Information Security Officer. She has over 35 years of banking industry experience managing technology, infrastructure and IT operations, information security and cybersecurity governance. Nardone joined Lakeland in 1999 as a result of the National Bank of Sussex County merger and was promoted in 2001 to Vice President, Director Network Services and to Senior Vice President in 2008. In May 2011, she was promoted to Senior Vice President, Chief Technology Officer/ISO and in 2014 was promoted to First Senior Vice President, Chief Technology Officer/ISO. Nardone has attained the Executive Leadership Certificate from The Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania and graduated from ABA Stonier Graduate School of Banking. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology and a minor in business from Seton Hall University. Nardone resides in Sparta, N.J.

Elaine Petit has been promoted to Director of Enterprise Solutions. Petit joined Lakeland Bank as Vice President, Computer Services in 1999 as a result of the National Bank of Sussex County merger. She advanced her career in the operations department and was promoted to Senior Vice President, Computer Services in 2007. In 2012, Petit advanced to Senior Vice President, Business Application Support and was promoted in 2014 to First Senior Vice President, Business Application Support. Petit is a recent graduate of the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is a member of several industry Client Advisory Boards and has provided volunteer services to several nonprofit organizations in the community. Petit resides in Wantage, N.J.

Brendan Eccleston has been hired as Senior Vice President, Assistant General Counsel. Eccleston joins Lakeland with 29 years of industry experience, and was most recently General Counsel at ReadyCap Commercial in New Providence, N.J. Prior to that he was Chief Counsel at CIT Group in Livingston, N.J. Eccleston earned a bachelor’s degree from City University of New York and has a Juris Doctor from New York Law School. He is an active participant with Pro Bono Partnership, a pro bono placement group for N.J. attorneys and is a volunteer with numerous Monmouth County charitable organizations. Eccleston resides in Manalapan, N.J.

David Ver Hage has been hired as Senior Vice President, Loan Operations Manager based in Milton. Joining Lakeland with more than 30 years of residential and commercial lending and servicing experience, he was most recently Vice President, Loan Servicing Manager at Investor’s Bank in Iselin, N.J. Prior to that, he was First Vice President, Acquisitions and Metrics Analyst at Valley National Bank in Wayne, N.J. Ver Hage is a graduate of the Electronic Computer Programming Institute and attended William Paterson University. He has provided volunteer services to the Morristown Food Pantry and Habitat for Humanity. Ver Hage resides in Ogdensburg, N.J.

About Lakeland Bank

Lakeland Bank is the wholly-owned subsidiary of Lakeland Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:LBAI), which has $5.2 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 for more information.

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