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Rockville Financial hires for finance jobs in Boston

Posted on July 23, 2011

An established financial services company said this week it has hired for finance jobs in Boston.

William (Bill) H. W. Crawford, IV, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Rockville Financial, Inc. (the “Company”), the holding company for Rockville Bank (the “Bank”) today announced the hiring of three new executives and promoted two Rockville Bank officers to Executive Vice Presidents. Joining Rockville are Marino Santarelli as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer (COO), Scott Bechtle as Executive Vice President and Chief Risk Officer, and Stanley (Steve) Koniecki as Senior Vice President, IT and Operations Officer. Crawford has promoted John T. Lund, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer to Executive Vice President, and Mark A. Kucia, Commercial Banking Executive to Executive Vice President.

The five individuals complete Crawford’s newly reorganized Executive Team that also includes the following who will continue in their current roles: Richard J. Trachimowicz, Executive Vice President, Head of Human Capital and Organizational Development; Richard C. DiChiara, Senior Vice President, Retail Banking Officer; Jeffrey Lipes, Senior Vice President, Rockville Bank Mortgage, Inc.; Laurie A. Rosner, Senior Vice President, Marketing Officer; and Robert S. Ciraco, Vice President, Consumer Lending Officer.

“We are pleased to have such a quality team of leaders on board,” stated Bank President and CEO Bill Crawford. “Marino, Scott and Steve are talented and experienced bankers and I am excited they have joined our Rockville family. I congratulate John and Mark for their deserving promotions as we move Rockville forward. Rockville is now well positioned to prudently deploy recently raised capital, manage risk, and thoughtfully expand market share,” said Crawford. “As we grow, we will continue to focus on being Connecticut’s Best Community Bank by providing caring customer service to the many communities we serve while building shareholder value.”

The new and promoted Rockville leaders are:

– Marino Santarelli, 59, the new COO is a 38-year veteran of the banking industry. He spent the first 21 years of his career with community bank United Penn Bank (33 branches, $1.5 billion in assets) in the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Penn., region in various executive roles including Head of Community Banking. For the past 17 years, he worked for Wells Fargo and its predecessor banks, with business banking, commercial, and consumer regional executive assignments throughout the Mid-Atlantic States and the Northeast, including the bank’s Connecticut business banking operation. For example, he has lead large teams at Wachovia including 87 branches with 900 retail employees near Philadelphia and a Wachovia business banking team stretching from Greater Washington, D.C. to Philadelphia, Penn.

Santarelli has been active in community and civic organizations, including the Board of the Pennsylvania Chamber of Commerce and a Trustee of Wilkes University. Most recently, he was the Wells Fargo, Senior Vice President and Market Executive for South Hampton Roads, where he was awarded “2010 Volunteer of the Year” by the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce. Santarelli worked with Crawford at Wachovia/Wells Fargo from 2007 to 2010 in Virginia. The following lines of business will report to Santarelli: Retail/Business Banking; Consumer Lending; Rockville Bank Mortgage, Inc.; Rockville Financial Services; Training; and certain project teams.

– Scott Bechtle, 60, the new Chief Risk Officer — a newly created role for the Bank — will oversee all risk management activities including: credit policy, asset quality, loan review, compliance, enterprise risk management, and he will serve as lead regulatory liaison. Bechtle has 29 years in credit administration, regulatory, and risk management experience. Most of his career was spent with Barnett Banks, N.A. (now Bank of America), and SouthTrust Bank, N.A. (now Wells Fargo) in Florida in senior risk management executive roles at the EVP and SVP levels. He was also a Chief Examiner with the State of Florida Insurance Department. Crawford and Bechtle worked together from 2002 to 2005 at SouthTrust Bank, N.A. in Florida. Most recently, Bechtle served as Credit Administration Executive for de novo Florida Shores Bank in Florida.

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