OceanFirst Bank, the wholly owned subsidiary of OceanFirst Financial Corp., appointed Susanne Svizeny president of the Greater Philadelphia Region.
She will lead OceanFirst’s expansion in the metropolitan Philadelphia market area, which is considered a strategic priority for the $8 billion asset bank. Larger banks like Chase have targeted Greater Philadelphia as a market they want to conquer.
Her responsibilities as the Greater Philadelphia regional president include growing commercial relationships along with treasury management, retail banking and trust and asset management services.
An executive with decades of banking experience serving the Philadelphia region, Svizeny was most recently executive vice president & division manager, commercial banking, at Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. for markets in Pennsylvania, Delaware, Western New York and Eastern Canada. Under her leadership, the division managed a portfolio of more than 700 relationships. She successfully led her teams through four bank mergers spanning two decades, with the last merger including up to 1,600 members of the wholesale and retail teams during the Wells Fargo acquisition of Wachovia in 2008.
Also, during her tenure at Wells Fargo, she founded the Women’s Market Growth strategy for Middle Market Banking and was appointed to lead the Middle Market Banking Diversity & Inclusion Council.
Joseph J. Lebel, OceanFirst Bank executive vice president and chief operating officer, said, “An accomplished and successful banker, Susanne has a wealth of experience particularly in the Philadelphia market.” Svizeny currently serves on the board of directors and executive committee of the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia, as well as the CEO Council for Growth.
She is a graduate of The College of New Jersey and is serving her second term as Chairman of the Board of Trustees. Svizeny has been recognized for her community commitment, receiving several awards, including the Philadelphia Business Journal Women of Distinction, Catholic Charities Light of Hope Award, NJ Biz Top 50 Women in Business, New Jersey Association of Women Business Owners Rose and Scroll Award and The College of New Jersey Presidential Honoree.
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