M&T Bank Announces Regional Leadership Promotions

New management to focus on New Jersey, Connecticut and Metropolitan New York communities

Nov 04, 2015, 10:33 ET from M&T Bank

BUFFALO, N.Y., Nov. 4, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- M&T Bank (NYSE: MTB) has announced a series of leadership promotions to manage operations in the Metropolitan New York City and New Jersey area following its acquisition of Hudson City Bancorp, a merger giving the bank a combined total of 177 offices and more than $23 billion of deposits within the region.

The following bank executives have been assigned broader responsibilities:

  • Paula Mandell, who previously served as regional president for New Jersey-Westchester County, NY, Rockland County, NY – and Connecticut region, has been promoted to area executive overseeing the same geographic area.
  • Tom Comiskey has been promoted to New Jersey Region president.
  • Frank Micalizzi has been promoted to Westchester County, NY, Rockland County, NY – Connecticut Region president.
  • Michael Weinstock has been named market president for Connecticut.

"This expansion gives us a tremendous opportunity to bring the full depth of our community-focused banking model to the broader Metropolitan New York City and New Jersey area, and that includes bringing M&T's complete commercial banking capabilities to what has historically been one of the nation's strongest savings and loan banks," said M&T Bank Executive Vice President Gino Martocci. "We've promoted four very experienced bankers who can each focus more attention on managing our operations in these specific communities within the Tri-State area."

Peter D'Arcy continues in his role as New York City Region president, a position he has held since 2013. This M&T Bank region covers: Manhattan; Brooklyn; Queens; Staten Island; and Long Island. M&T is expanding on Long Island with the addition of 12 Hudson City branches in Suffolk County.

Ira Brown continues in his role as Philadelphia Region president, a position he has held since 2009. In addition to Philadelphia and surrounding areas in eastern Pennsylvania, this M&T Bank region also manages all of the southern New Jersey business in the counties of: Atlantic; Burlington; Camden; Cape May, Cumberland; Gloucester; and Salem.

Background information on executives taking new roles include:

Paula Mandell is now area executive for the New Jersey-Westchester County, NY, Rockland County, NY-Connecticut area. She will report to Gino Martocci. Mandell began her career at M&T Bank in 1992, and has held a number of positions within commercial real estate, middle market, health care and not-for-profit lending. She is actively involved in the community and currently serves on the board of the Westchester County Association. She has also previously held board positions with the Rockland Economic Development Corporation, Rockland Chapter of the American Cancer Society and the United Way of Westchester/Putnam. Most recently, she has joined the board of directors of the Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey (CIANJ).

Tom Comiskey is now New Jersey regional president. He will report to Paula Mandell. Comiskey, who joined M&T in 2003, was most recently a senior group manager in the commercial banking division managing middle market, healthcare and not-for-profit commercial lending teams in New Jersey.  Tom serves as treasurer for the Board of Directors of both the Special Olympics of New Jersey and Friends of TEAM Academy (KIPP NJ charter school).  He holds a bachelor's of science from The University of Scranton and a master's of business administration (MBA) from The Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.  He resides in Hillsborough, NJ.

Frank Micalizzi is now the Westchester County, NY, Rockland County, NY-Connecticut region president, an area which includes: Connecticut; Westchester County, NY; Rockland County, NY; and Bronx, NY. He will report to Paula Mandell. Since 2009, he has served as group manager for the Tarrytown middle market group, responsible for middle market, health care and not-for-profit commercial lending teams.  Prior to joining M&T, he spent 30 years with JPMorgan Chase holding senior positions, including senior vice president and division manager.  He served as vice chair for the Lighthouse of America, as a Westchester County Association board member and is four-term president of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of America, Hudson Valley Chapter.  He is a graduate of Davis and Elkins College in West Virginia and resides in Ridgefield, CT.  He continues to be active in several local charitable organizations in both CT and NY.

Michael Weinstock is now market president in Connecticut. He will report to Frank Micalizzi. M&T has operated a commercial bank office in Norwalk, Ct., for several years and the Hudson City merger will add nine retail branches in Fairfield County. Weinstock has been managing M&T's commercial real estate lending in the Tarrytown-Connecticut region.  He joined M&T in 1996 and previously worked as a middle market lending group manager. He chairs the March of Dimes Rockland/Westchester County Division.  He has also been active with the Foundation Board for the Jewish Home for the Elderly in Fairfield, CT. He serves on the board of the Westchester region of the American Diabetes Association and was honored, along with his family, with its "Father of the Year" award in 2013.He is a graduate of the University of Connecticut and resides in Ridgefield, CT.

About M&T Bank

M&T is a financial holding company headquartered in Buffalo, New York.  M&T's principal banking subsidiary, M&T Bank, operates banking offices in New York, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Connecticut, Virginia, West Virginia and Washington, D.C.  Trust-related services are provided by M&T's Wilmington Trust-affiliated companies and by M&T Bank.