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Executive Moves: March 25, 2013

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Close Up: Robert Vandenbergh

Position: President and chief operating officer, Lakeland Bank

Key role: Responsible for overseeing the development and implementation of the bank's strategic plan; establishing and maintaining the bank's core vision and mission; and ensuring the execution of all operational components through management of the bank's lending, retail, operations, marketing and project management business units.

Goals: To provide sustained positive returns for shareholders, excellent service and value-added products for customers, and career advancement for all our team members while actively supporting the communities we serve.

Previous jobs: Prior to starting a banking career in 1982, I worked for Pathmark while attending college in the evenings to complete my degree.

Key strengths: Having worked my way up from entry level to executive management, I can appreciate the contributions of our team members throughout the organization.

Career high: Leading the team that brought a local community bank from the brink of closure to a stable and solid organization. As a result of the strategic initiatives the team implemented to turn the bank around, the institution was able to become a part of the Lakeland Bank organization.

Next: Continue to grow the bank in a balanced manner by keeping customers at the forefront of everything we do, and continue to develop strategic partnerships with other community banks to expand our presence throughout New Jersey.

Challenges: Staying focused on the big picture with an eye toward the future during difficult economic and regulatory times.

After hours: Time demands are difficult now, but I strongly commit to quality time with my supportive wife and family. I also enjoy going to the gym — you need to invest in yourself— and, someday, I hope to get back to improving my golf game.

Executive Moves


Colonial American Bank announced that Jim Brown has joined the bank as senior vice president of residential mortgages. He brings more than 30 years of industry experience in mortgage banking. Prior to joining the CAB team, Brown worked with various financial institutions.

Center Bancorp Inc., parent company of Union Center National Bank, announced the promotion of a number of its employees:
  • Mark S. Cardone, who held the title of senior vice president of retail banking services, was named first senior vice president, a newly created title at the bank. Cardone joined the bank in 2001 as senior vice president, branch administration. Prior to joining UCNB, he held various senior leadership positions with Summit Bank and Fleet Bank. He is a graduate of the ABA Stonier Graduate School of Banking.
  • Michael J. McGrover, who held the title of senior vice president and senior lender, was promoted to first senior vice president, and will continue to oversee lending. McGrover joined Center in early 2012 from Spencer Savings Bank, where he was vice president of commercial and industrial lending for nine years. Prior to Spencer, McGrover was a vice president and credit officer with PNC Bank.
  • France Delle Donne, who held the title of vice president of communications and public relations, was named senior vice president. Delle Donne, who joined the bank in 2012, came from the Morristown Partnership, where she was director of development for six years. Before that, she served on a number of not-for-profit organization boards and worked at Merrill Lynch.
  • Joseph D. Gangemi, who held the title of vice president of investor relations and corporate secretary, was promoted to senior vice president and chief of staff, a newly created position. At the bank since 2004, Gangemi has held several positions at the bank and corporations' executive offices. He currently is a student at the ABA Stonier Graduate School of Banking.

Several M&T Bank executives have been assigned broader management roles to execute the bank's pending acquisition of New Jersey-based Hudson City Savings Bank:
  • Gino Martocci will assume the role of metro area executive for M&T. Martocci has been New York City regional president for M&T Bank since late 2009, and has been with M&T since 1995.

  • M&T's commercial banking in New Jersey and Connecticut will continue to be managed by regional President Paula Mandell, who also serves as regional president in Westchester and Rockland counties, in New York. Mandell has almost 40 years of experience in the banking industry. She has headed M&T's operations in Westchester and Rockland counties since 2001.

Health Care

Michael Guerriero has been promoted to senior vice president of corporate services for NJHA Healthcare Business Solutions. Guerriero joined HBS in April 2012 as vice president of business development. Prior to joining NJHA, Guerriero worked for several companies, including Eclipsys, Dearborn Advisors and MedAssets. He has also worked for Medical Data Technology, as well as Englewood Hospital and Medical Center, Holy Name Medical Center and Pascack Valley Hospital.


Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa named Elie Honig as director of the New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice. Honig has been deputy director of the division since September 2012. Prior to joining the New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice, Honig worked for eight years as an assistant U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York. From 2010 through 2012, Honig served as deputy chief, and later co-chief, of the organized crime unit of the U.S. attorney's office for the Southern District of New York. Honig obtained his undergraduate degree from Rutgers University and his law degree from Harvard Law School.


Christopher Biddle, who retired as vice president of communications with the New Jersey Business & Industry Association in December, has started his own communications consultancy. Biddle is now president of Biddle Communications & Public Relations LLC.
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