Signature Bank Makes Multiple Leadership Appointments as Sigona and Quinlan Retire
APR 23, 2021 - 7:30 am
Signature Bank made several management appointments, promotions and transitions as Mark Sigona, senior executive vice president and chief operating officer, and Peter Quinlan, executive vice president and treasurer, will retire, effective June 30.
Sigona has provided 21 years of service to Signature Bank. He is a founding member of the bank’s executive management team and joined as senior vice president and CFO. He served in this capacity until 2004, when he was appointed COO.
“It has been both an honor and a blessing to be part of the Signature Bank family from the very beginning,” Sigona said. “No words can express my gratitude to Joe, Scott and John, along with the appreciation I will always have for the hard work and dedication of my many colleagues over the course of more than 20 years.”
Eric R. Howell, senior executive vice president of corporate and business development for Signature Bank since 2013, will assume the COO role, including his current duties overseeing certain of the bank’s national businesses and West Coast operations. Howell has been with Signature Bank since its inception. He has held roles of increasing responsibility, including executive vice president and CFO after initially joining as controller.
In his capacity as executive vice president and treasurer, Quinlan has managed the bank’s investment portfolio, interest rate risk and liquidity management functions since 2003. He joined the bank in 2002 as investment manager.
“Being part of the Signature Bank team for the past two decades has been a privilege,” Quinlan said. “I truly value the guidance provided by Joe, John, Scott and the support from the entire Signature Bank family. The unique business model emphasizing relationship dedication and entrepreneurial spirit will continue to provide the foundation for Signature Bank’s future growth and success.”
Kevin Hickey, who has been senior vice president and chief risk officer for Signature Bank for the past five years, will return to the treasury department as senior vice president, chief investment officer and treasurer. Hickey, who has been with Signature Bank since 2004, began his tenure as associate treasurer and assumed the additional title of senior vice president several years later. In total, he spent 12 years in the bank’s treasury department.
Keisha Hutchinson was named senior vice president and chief risk officer, effective June 1, joining Signature Bank from KPMG in Short Hills, NJ, where she was audit partner for five years. Hutchinson will oversee the bank’s risk management, compliance and information security programs.
Vito Susca, executive vice president and CFO of Signature Bank, will move into the newly created post of executive vice president and chief administrative officer and assume various operational responsibilities, including overseeing risk and compliance, facilities, security and special projects as well as serving as a liaison for internal audit and regulators. He was SVP and CFO from 2013 to 2021, after serving as SVP and controller since he began his employment with the bank in 2004.
Stephen Wyremski, senior vice president and controller since joining the bank in 2015, will be promoted to senior vice president and CFO, managing all financial-related activities, effective June 30. Prior to joining Signature Bank, he spent eight years at KPMG in New York City. His latest position was senior manager in the banking audit practice, overseeing audits for large banking enterprises. Wyremski also previously held finance-focused roles at American International Group and Veeco Instruments.
Catherine Donald-Grove, senior vice president and director of product management services for Signature Bank, was promoted to chief products officer, a newly established position for the bank. Donald-Grove will be responsible for furthering product capabilities as well as advancing sales efforts and fee income initiatives, including cash management, foreign exchange, credit cards and money market funds. Donald-Grove has been part of the Signature Bank team since 2010.
Dawn Juliano was named to the newly created position of senior vice president and deputy chief lending officer, reporting to Thomas Kasulka, executive vice president and chief lending officer for Signature Bank. In her new capacity, Juliano will be responsible for working with Kasulka to increase the bank’s lending activities. Juliano has been with Signature Bank for four years and was promoted to the post of senior vice president and director of credit policy and credit administration in 2018.
“As we enter our 21st year of operation, we reflect on the great successes we have realized to date as well as the roles our dedicated colleagues play in delivering exceptional care and service to our clients. The colleagues recognized by these changes have all demonstrated a strong commitment to our clients, their positions and this organization overall. We appreciate their hard work and loyalty,” Joseph J. DePaolo, president and CEO of Signature Bank, said. “Mark and Peter have been with the bank since the beginning, and both helped shape this institution as we continually grew. I will miss them both, professionally and personally. I’ve worked with Peter for 19 years and Mark for 35, spanning the three jobs I’ve held throughout my adult career. Their contributions over the years have been significant to our growth, endeavors and market position. Management and the board appreciates all Mark and Peter have done to positively impact the bank. Although not easily replaceable, we looked within our own network to pull from the extraordinary talent of our workforce. We also value talented prospects outside the organization, and to this end, welcome Keisha to the Signature Bank family. With more than 1,700 talented colleagues, we have a solid team to draw upon as we look ahead to further strengthening our institution.”
“I have been privileged to work with Mark Sigona since 2000 and Peter Quinlan since 2002,” Scott A. Shay, chairman of the board for Signature Bank, said. “Mark’s excellent judgment and keen perspicacity, along with the positive energy he generated for all those around him, is a rare combination for one person to possess. Although I know Mark’s guidance and advice are always available to us, I will greatly miss seeing and working with him every day. Peter and I have faced a variety of yield curve and financial upheavals together and even when the financial markets were convulsing, Peter found safe and sound strategies so that the bank could always provide our depositors with the ‘sleep at night’ safety that we pledged to maintain. In an era during which Wall Street became increasingly algorithmic and quantitatively sophisticated, Peter always brought the smarts and instincts to maintain Signature Bank in good stead. As we announce these promotions, we are proud this team is steeped in our unique culture. Joe, John Tamberlane and I are confident that the enlarged team we announce today is fully capable of keeping us on our growth trajectory and will lead the bank from strength to strength.”
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