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Top banking moves through Feb. 1

S&P Global Market Intelligence presents a weekly news summary of executive management and board chair-level changes in the bank and thrift industry.

Feb. 1

OceanFirst Bank named Joseph Lebel III chief banking officer, NJBIZ reported.

Lebel became chief lending officer in 2007 and executive vice president in 2013 at the Toms River, N.J.-based bank, which he joined in 2006.

The bank is a unit of OceanFirst Financial Corp.


Holland, Mich.-based Macatawa Bank Corp. named Craig Hankinson COO of the company and unit Macatawa Bank.

Hankinson was previously senior vice president of the company, and senior vice president and chief credit officer of the bank.


FirstCaribbean International Bank Ltd. CFO Brian Lee will leave the bank to take a new role at parent company Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce.

Lee will move into his new role as senior vice president and chief auditor at CIBC later in the year after his successor is in place at FirstCaribbean.

Lee has served as FirstCaribbean CFO since 2012, and previously was CIBC's senior vice president for finance.

Jan. 31

Wichita, Kan.-based Emprise Bank elected Matthew Michaelis chairman, succeeding his father, Michael Michaelis.

Michael Michaelis was elected as vice chairman of Emprise Bank and will continue to remain active at the bank, including serving on the board. He will also remain as president and CEO of the bank's parent, Emprise Financial Corp.

Matthew Michaelis was elected as vice chairman of Emprise Bank in January 2016.


Roselle Savings Bank named Detlef Felschow president and CEO, succeeding Jill Schafhauser, NJBIZ reported.

Felschow was executive vice president and COO at the Roselle, N.J.-based bank, a unit of RSB Bancorp Inc.

The bank's parent company is RSB Bancorp MHC.

Jan. 30

Gloucester, Mass.-based Cape Ann Savings Bank named Robert Gillis Jr. president, following the retirement of Harold Rogers II, the Gloucester Times reported.

Rogers will stay on as a full-time consultant for at least six months.

Gillis was previously executive vice president with the bank.


Paoli, Pa.-based Malvern Federal Savings Bank named Alexander Opiela III COO.

Taking over from Karen Walter, Opiela was previously senior vice president and chief risk and compliance officer at Bala Cynwyd, Pa.-based Royal Bank America, a unit of Royal Bancshares of Pennsylvania Inc.

Malvern Federal Savings Bank is a unit of Malvern Bancorp Inc.


William DeBerry is retiring as CEO and chairman of Brentwood, Tenn.-based Commerce Union Bancshares Inc., effective June 30.

Following his retirement, DeBerry will continue serving as a company director.

The board plans to name DeVan Ard Jr. president of the company as well as president and CEO of unit Reliant Bank, to succeed DeBerry when he retires.


Richard Muskus Jr. is now the president of Patriot National Bancorp Inc. and unit Patriot Bank NA.

He has served as executive vice president and chief lending officer of the Stamford, Conn.-based bank since 2014.

Peter Cureau, former interim president and COO, will continue to work with Patriot National and Patriot Bank Chairman and CEO Michael Carrazza in the office of the chairman.

Patriot National is majority-owned by PNBK Holdings LLC.

Jan. 27

Jefferson City, Mo.-based Hawthorn Bank named Kathleen Bruegenhemke COO, the Columbia (Mo.) Business Times reported.

Bruegenhemke, who joined the Hawthorn Bancshares Inc. unit in 1992, will hold the post in conjunction with her current position as chief risk officer.


Gerard Keegan — vice chairman, senior executive vice president and COO of Lake Success, N.Y.-based Astoria Financial Corp. and unit Astoria Bank — is retiring from his executive roles, effective March 31.

He will remain on the boards of both the company and the bank upon his retirement.

Jan. 26

American AgCredit ACA Chief Marketing Officer and Senior Vice President Terry Lindley is retiring.

Lindley has been with the Santa Rosa, Calif.-based agricultural lender for four decades.

The bank is a subsidiary of Farm Credit System.


Santa Clara, Calif.-based SVB Financial Group plans to appoint its CFO Michael Descheneaux as president of unit Silicon Valley Bank.

Descheneaux's appointment will become effective once a replacement for the CFO post is found, and Greg Becker will remain president of the bank until that time.


Wichita, Kan.-based Equity Bank named Wendell Bontrager president, effective Feb. 20.

Bontrager, who was a regional president for Evansville, Ind.-based Old National Bank, will report to Equity Bancshares Inc. Chairman and CEO Brad Elliott. Elliott will remain chairman of the board and CEO of both the bank and the company.


Northbrook, Ill.-based Northbrook Bank & Trust Co. named Kara Jakusz senior vice president and chief credit officer of the bank.

Northbrook Bank & Trust is a unit of Wintrust Financial Corp.


Effective May 5, Thomas Ritter will retire as president and CEO of Gettysburg, Pa.-based ACNB Corp. and as CEO of unit ACNB Bank. He will continue to serve on the boards of the company and the bank.

James Helt, president of ACNB Bank, will replace Ritter when he vacates the executive roles.


Lebanon, Tenn.-based Wilson Bank and Trust promoted Clark Oakley to executive vice president and COO.

Oakley was previously president of the bank's eastern region, looking after its operations in the Tennessee counties of DeKalb, Putnam, Smith and Trousdale, as well as Watertown in Wilson County.

Wilson Bank and Trust is a unit of Wilson Bank Holding Co.


Daniel O'Neill — First National of Nebraska Inc.'s president and First National Bank of Omaha's president and chairman — will retire March 31, KETV (Omaha, Neb.) reported.

In 1981, O'Neill joined Lauritzen Corp., which currently holds a 34.22% interest in First National of Nebraska. He began serving as president of First National of Nebraska in 2001 and as president of First National Bank of Omaha in 2009.

Following O'Neill's retirement, Clark Lauritzen will serve as president of First National of Nebraska, and president and chairman of First National Bank of Omaha. Lauritzen joined First National Bank in 2003 and now serves as head of First National of Nebraska's wealth management and investment banking group, and as a director of First National of Nebraska and First National Bank of Omaha.