Appointments: Provident Appoints Post-Merger Executives, Leaves Heartland Bank CEO

Heartland Bank – Chairman and chief operating officer Brian Mauntel has stepped down from his post, Heartland Bank announced this week.

President and CEO Scott McComb – who was president of Heartland before Mauntel’s appointment in April 2019 – will resume his responsibilities as president. He has worked for the Ohio-based bank for more than 21 years.

Provident bank – The New Jersey-based group has made several leadership appointments following the completion of its merger with SB One Bank.

  • Antoine Labozzetta, previously, the President and Chief Executive Officer of SB One Bank was appointed President and Chief Operating Officer.
  • Vito Giannola was named Executive Vice President and Head of Retail Banking. He was previously Director of Banking Operations at SB One Bank.
  • George Lista is to continue as President of SB One Insurance Agency and will join Provident’s management team.
  • Josephine Moran was appointed Director of General Services and Consumer Credit. She joined Provident in 2018 and was most recently Head of Retail Banking.

Wells Fargo- Mark Chancy was elected to the company’s board of directors. He was most recently vice president and co-chief operating officer at SunTrust Banks, where he led the group’s consumer segment until his retirement in December 2019.

During an 18-year tenure at SunTrust, he also led the group’s wholesale banking arm and served as chief financial officer from 2004 to 2011. He was previously chief financial officer of The Robinson-Humphrey Company, which was acquired by SunTrust in 2001.

Charles Nosky, The chairman of Wells Fargo, said Chancy was “an experienced banker with risk and regulatory expertise, deep financial services experience, a track record of proven business results and a customer-focused mindset.” .

The appointment follows that of Steven Black, co-CEO of private equity firm Bregal Investments, who joined the board in April. Former Board Members James Quigley and chair Elizabeth Duke resigned March 8.

First Bank Gateway – Scott Gesell has been named CEO and General Counsel. He has been interim CEO since April and previously served as chief administrative officer.

Don Powell, Senior Director of the Board of Directors of Gateway First Bank, said: “The calm and steady leadership he provided in these unprecedented chaotic times was a watershed moment between good and great governance.”

Gesell helped lead Gateway Mortgage Group’s merger with a community bank to create Gateway First Bank last year.

Commercial banking company – The Michigan-based banking group has appointed new directors to its board of directors and that of its wholly-owned banking subsidiary, Mercantile Bank.

David Ramaker, former Chairman, President and CEO of Chemical Bank, and Michael Davenport, President and CEO of Jireh Metal Products, joined the board of directors of the parent company.

Ramaker and Shoran Reid Williamssenior adviser to Miller Johnson, have been appointed to the board of directors of Mercantile Bank.

As CEO of Chemical Financial Corporation, Ramaker oversaw the company’s growth from $3 billion to $18 billion in total assets until his departure in 2017.

Davenport previously held various positions at major financial institutions, including US Bank, Fifth Third Bank and First Financial Bank. He has been a board member of Mercantile Bank since 2017.

Williams is a senior attorney with the Michigan law firm Miller Johnson Attorneys and served as an adjunct professor at the Florida Coastal School of Law.

Améris Bank – The Georgia-based bank promoted Karlene Gordon at be its diversity and inclusion officer. She will be responsible for developing and implementing plans to “nurture, cultivate and preserve diversity, inclusion and equal dignity,” Ameris said.

Gordon was previously the bank’s senior human resources business partner, a role she has held since joining the bank in 2018. Live Person and HR Dynamics.

Gordon’s appointment follows that ofMichael Pierson as the bank’s first chief governance officer earlier this year.