Signature Financial Hires Two, Promotes Six


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Signature Bank appointed Ketih Connors to vice president, capital markets and Nick Cremonese to account officer, National Third-Party Intermediaries, a newly created position.

Connors adds additional capacity within the Capital Markets team and will contribute to the growth of the business line, expanding new origination opportunities from current institutional account relationships. Connors has eight years of specialty financing experience from GE and GE Capital, most recently as assistant vice president, Originations & Commercial Operations at the latter. While there, he established its Industrial Finance segment, a finance organization focused on delivering incremental equipment and services revenue for GE’s Industrial businesses.

Cremonese will manage existing third-party intermediary relationships. Prior to joining Signature, he was vice president in the Global Liquidity Program at Credit Suisse where he managed a team of business analysts and was product lead for unsecured and wholesale funding, cash products as well as loans and deposits products globally. During his 11-year tenure at there, Cremonese also served as project manager for key investment bank stakeholders across Treasury, Liquidity and Front Office teams. In addition, he worked on the Fixed Income Treasury Trading Desk and earlier, in product control in equity capital markets.

Signature also promoted six professionals into new roles.

Robert (Bobby) Campbell was promoted to director, Capital Markets. An 18-year finance veteran, Campbell joined Signature in 2012 as Account officer before being promoted to vice president.

Michael Ash originally joined Signature in 2013 as Capital Markets director and is now being promoted to group director, Regional Originations & Syndications. He has spent nearly 30 years in the finance industry, most recently at U.S. Bank in equipment finance before joining Signature.

Steven Robbins was promoted to the post of senior vice president, director of Asset Management, overseeing asset and portfolio management. Robbins joined Signature in 2012 as director of Asset Management, from Capital One Equipment Leasing & Finance.

Steve Ratner was appointed to the post of senior vice president, deputy chief risk officer. Since joining Signature in 2016, Ratner has contributed in multiple senior roles in risk mitigation and underwriting. He also worked at Capital One in underwriting for 11 of the 40 years of his finance career.

Steve Jason was named group director of Vehicle Finance where he will be responsible for strategic planning, budgeting, business development and client servicing across the vehicle funding channel. Jason came to Signature in 2012 as director of Vehicle Finance and was previously at Capital One Bank as director of Business Development.

Michael Jones was appointed an executive sales manager for the National Direct Equipment business channel and will be leading a sales team that serves the Gulf Coast states. Jones joined Signature Financial in 2015 as executive sales officer from BancorpSouth Equipment Finance where he was vice president, Finance Sales.

“Signature Bank continues to place emphasis on the specialty finance portion of our business. Similar to the recruitment of private client banking teams to our network, we are always seeking to add and advance talented professionals, whether it be through new appointments or promotions. The expansion of the Signature Financial team will support the continued growth and developments of the Bank as a whole,” said Joseph J. DePaolo, Signature president and CEO.

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