Sullivan to Depart United Financial, Hall Becomes Regional President
GLASTONBURY, Conn. — United Financial Bancorp Inc. yesterday announced that J. Jeffrey Sullivan, president and member of the board of directors, is leaving the company to pursue other professional interests. In addition, it was announced that Dena Hall has been promoted to Western Mass. regional president for United Bank, and Michael Moriarty will be executive vice president, Western Mass. commercial banking executive. “I want to thank Jeff for his commitment to United Bank over the past 12 years and his effort in helping us achieve a successful legal close of our merger,” said William Crawford IV, CEO of United Bank and United Financial Bancorp Inc. “Jeff has enjoyed a long career in banking and demonstrated a strong personal and professional commitment to Springfield and Western Mass. All of us who have had the opportunity to work with Jeff wish him well in his future endeavors.” Said Sullivan, “with the merger between these two great community banks complete, I felt that now is the right time to pursue other interests. I am very thankful to have had the opportunity to work with so many wonderful people at United Bank over the past 12 years, both in the workplace and out in the community. I have a lot of confidence that United’s leadership team, coupled with the hardworking and talented employees I’ve enjoyed working with for more than a decade, will unquestionably make United Bank the premier community bank in New England.” Prior to the merger between United Bank of West Springfield and Rockville Bank of Glastonbury, Sullivan was chief operating officer of United Bank and the former head of Commercial Banking. He also served as executive vice president and chief lending officer of the bank until November 2012. Before joining United Bank in 2003, he worked for the Bank of Western Massachusetts and BayBank. The Bank has no plans to fill the president position. Also, no decision has been made to fill the vacant seat on the board of directors. That decision will be addressed by the board’s governance committee. “With Jeff’s departure, it was very important for us to maintain strong executive leadership in the Greater Springfield market,” said Crawford. “We are very excited to have the opportunity to rely on Dena and Mike to take on an enhanced role for us within the company and in the community. Both have been top performers in the banking industry for many years and are natural choices to lead United in this important market for us.” In addition to her leading role as Western Mass. regional president for United Bank, Hall will continue to serve as chief marketing officer for the bank and president of the United Bank Foundation. She has nearly 20 years of experience in bank marketing and charitable giving. She came to United Bank in 2005 after serving as assistant vice president of Marketing for Woronoco Savings Bank (now Berkshire Bank) and executive director of the Woronoco Savings Charitable Foundation in Westfield. Hall worked previously for the Community Foundation of Western Mass. Hall was named one of the Springfield region’s top young business and community leaders by BusinessWest magazine in its inaugural 40 Under Forty List in 2007 and was also named the Business Woman of the Year by the Westfield Chamber of Commerce. She is a member of the board of trustees for the Baystate Health Systems Foundation as well as a member of the Westfield Re-Development Authority and the Western Mass. Corporate Funder’s Forum. She is also the chairwoman of the Capital Campaign Scheduling Committee of Greater Springfield. Hall is a graduate of UMass Amherst, the Massachusetts School for Financial Studies, and the National School of Banking and Finance at Fairfield (Conn.) University. Moriarty, who previously held the title of senior vice president and regional team leader for United Bank for more than seven years, will take on a key role as executive vice president, Western Mass. commercial banking executive. Prior to joining United Bank, Moriarty was vice president of Commercial Lending for the Bank of Western Massachusetts. He also was vice presidentof Commercial Lending for the Massachusetts Development Finance Agency. Earlier in his banking career, Moriarty was a bank examiner with the Office of the Commissioner of Banks in Massachusetts. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Merrimack College and an MBA from Western New England University. He is also a graduate of the Stonier National Graduate School of Banking, American Bankers Assoc. Hall’s and Moriarty’s new roles with the company became effective this week.