Officers & Directors

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Officers & Directors

Executive Officers of Brookline Bancorp, Inc.

Paul A. Perrault
President and Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Perrault currently serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company and Chairman of Brookline Bank. From 2009 through 2016, Mr. Perrault served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Brookline Bank. From 2011 through 2016, Mr. Perrault served as President of Brookline Bank. Mr. Perrault also serves as a member of the Board of Directors of First Ipswich Bank and Bank Rhode Island. During January 2009, Mr. Perrault was the Chief Executive Officer of Sovereign Bancorp, Inc. From 1990 through 2007, Mr. Perrault was President and Chief Executive Officer of Chittenden Corporation and, additionally, from 1998 through 2007, he served as Chairman of Chittenden Corporation. Mr. Perrault is a member of the Board of Trustees of Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island, a member of the Board of Trustees of the Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown, Massachusetts, and a member of the Board of Directors of P.C. Construction, Inc., a large contracting company headquartered in South Burlington, Vermont. Mr. Perrault provides the Board of Directors with broad perspective on the Company’s strategies, challenges and opportunities as a result of his role as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company and his long-time successful experience as the chief executive officer of a larger commercial bank.
Carl M. Carlson
Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Carlson serves as the Company’s Chief Financial Officer, a position he has held since April 1, 2014. From 2011 until 2014, Mr. Carlson served as a Senior Vice President and Deputy Chief Financial Officer for Webster Financial Corporation and as Senior Vice President and Director of Finance from 2007 to 2011. From 1986 until 2007, Mr. Carlson was employed by North Fork Bancorporation in a series of positions, including Senior Vice President, Strategic Planning and Corporate Development. Mr. Carlson earned a Master’s in Business Administration from Dowling College and a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from Clarkson University.
James M. Cosman
Chief Operations Officer
Mr. Cosman joined the Company in 2009 and is responsible for the Company’s operations and information technology departments, as well as cash management and underwriting for small business and consumer loans. From 2000 to 2009, Mr. Cosman was a senior executive in bank underwriting and operations at Sovereign Bank, where he managed the Lending and Operations divisions. Mr. Cosman earned a Master’s in Business Administration from Western New England University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Syracuse University.
Darryl J. Fess
President and Chief Executive Officer, Brookline Bank
Mr. Fess was appointed President & Chief Executive Officer of Brookline Bank on September 21, 2016. Mr. Fess joined Brookline Bank in May 2010 as its Vice President, Commercial Real Estate Lending and was promoted to Senior Vice President Division Executive, in September 2011 and Executive Vice President in December 2015. From 1998 until 2010 Mr. Fess was employed by Wainwright Bank & Trust Company in a series of positions advancing to Senior Vice President in Commercial Real Estate Lending. During his time at Wainwright, Mr. Fess served as a member of the management committee responsible for strategic planning, new business development, and sales process improvements. Mr. Fess holds a Masters of Business Administration from Providence College in Providence, RI, and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Boston University. Mr. Fess is also a graduate of the American Bankers Association Stonier Graduate School of Banking. Mr. Fess serves on the Board of Directors for Supportive Living Inc., a nonprofit based in Woburn dedicated to supporting survivors of brain injuries.
Sandra L. Jenkins
Chief Human Resources Officer
Ms. Jenkins joined the Company in September 2012 as its Vice President, Employment Manager and became the Company’s Chief Human Resources Officer on July 1, 2015. From 2008 to 2012, she served as Director of Human Resources for People’s United Bank with responsibility for the New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, and Vermont markets. Prior to that, from 2000 through 2008, she served as Vice President of Human Resources at Ocean Bank with operations in Maine and New Hampshire, a subsidiary of Chittenden Corporation, which was acquired by People’s United Bank in 2008. Ms. Jenkins obtained an Associate degree in Accounting from McIntosh College. Ms. Jenkins is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management.
James J. McCarthy
President and Chief Executive Officer, First Ipswich Bank
Mr. McCarthy joined First Ipswich Bank on October 1, 2016 as its Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer. Since August 2013, Mr. McCarthy served on the Board of Directors of First Ipswich Bank. From July 2011 until September 2016, Mr. McCarthy was a real estate developer/investor. Prior to that, from 2003 until 2011 he was Chief Operating Officer/Executive Vice President at Danversbank and its parent company, Danvers Bancorp, Inc., responsible for the oversight of the Finance, Retail, Audit, Risk Management, and Operations areas of the organization. Mr. McCarthy was President & Chief Executive Officer of Revere Federal Savings Bank from 1989 to 2001 until the merger of Revere Federal with Danversbank. Mr. McCarthy holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Northeastern University. Mr. McCarthy has been an active member of the volunteer community in the greater Northshore community.
Michael W. McCurdy
Chief Risk Officer, General Counsel and Secretary
Mr. McCurdy joined the Company in August 2011 and currently serves as the Company’s Chief Risk Officer, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary. From 2007 until 2011, Mr. McCurdy served as an Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for Danvers Bancorp, Inc., overseeing the Company’s legal and retail areas. Mr. McCurdy was President and Chief Executive Officer of BankMalden from 2001 to 2007. Mr. McCurdy currently serves as President and as a Director at Triangle, Inc. Mr. McCurdy is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Suffolk Law School and currently teaches Banking Law. Mr. McCurdy earned his Juris Doctor degree from Suffolk Law School and his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California at Santa Barbara.
Mark J. Meiklejohn
President and Chief Executive Officer, Bank Rhode Island
Mr. Meiklejohn is President and Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors of Bank Rhode Island. Mr. Meiklejohn joined Bank Rhode Island in January 2006 as the Director of Commercial Banking. In 2008, he became the Chief Lending Officer of the Bank responsible for all lending activities as well as Cash Management, Business Development and Macrolease, Bank Rhode Island’s leasing subsidiary. Prior to joining Bank Rhode Island, Mr. Meiklejohn was a Senior Vice President in middle market lending with Citizens Bank. He began his career at Fleet Bank in 1985. Mr. Meiklejohn earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Connecticut.
M. Robert Rose
Chief Credit Officer
Mr. Rose joined the Company in 2009 and presently serves as the Company’s Chief Credit Officer. From 2000 until 2004, Mr. Rose was the Chief Credit Risk Management Officer of Sovereign Bank, and from 2004 until 2009 he served as the Chief Risk Officer of Sovereign Bank. Prior to his tenure at Sovereign Bank, Mr. Rose held senior credit and risk management positions at Bank of Boston/Fleet Bank and BayBanks, Inc. Mr. Rose has served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Risk Management Association, been a member of the Executive Committee of the Risk Management Association, and currently is Chairman of the Board of the Risk Management Association Foundation, a not for profit association for the development of banking curriculum and education, and granting scholarships and grants to undergraduate and graduate students entering the banking industry. Mr. Rose serves on the Board of Directors of The Lyric Stage Company of Boston and serves as Chair of the Audit Committee. Mr. Rose earned a bachelor's degree and a Masters of Business Administration from Babson College as well as a certification in risk management from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Board of Directors of Brookline Bancorp, Inc.

Joseph J. Slotnik
Chairman
Mr. Slotnik served as the managing partner of the Boston office of L.F. Rothschild, later known as L.F. Rothschild, Unterberg, Towbin, a brokerage and investment firm, until his retirement in 1988. Mr. Slotnik previously served as the Company’s Lead Director and was appointed Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Company in April 2011. As a member of the Board of Directors, Mr. Slotnik serves as a member of the Executive and Risk Committees and as Chair of the Compensation and Nominating and Governance Committees. Mr. Slotnik provides valuable insight concerning the Company’s activities based on his long-time service as an independent director of the Company and his prior experience as the managing partner of a brokerage and investment firm.
David C. Chapin
Mr. Chapin is a Principal of Chapin Properties Team Ltd., a real estate investment and property appraisal and management company, and has served in that capacity since August 2004. From 1998 to August 2004, Mr. Chapin was a Principal of T. H. Niles Real Estate Group, Inc., a real estate investment and property appraisal and management company. As a member of the Board of Directors, Mr. Chapin serves on the Executive, Compensation and Nominating Committees. Mr. Chapin is a valuable resource in evaluating and monitoring the risks associated with real estate lending, the Company’s most significant area of activity, due to his extensive knowledge of and experience in the real estate market in which the Company originates commercial and residential mortgage loans.
John J. Doyle Jr.
Mr. Doyle served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Randolph Savings Bank, a mutual savings bank, from November 16, 2009 until April 30, 2013. From 2007 to 2009, Mr. Doyle served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Commonwealth Cooperative Bank. From 2002 to 2007, Mr. Doyle served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of North Abington Cooperative Bank. Earlier in his career, Mr. Doyle was a partner at KPMG LLP from 1969 through 1991. As a member of the Board of Directors, Mr. Doyle serves on the Company’s Audit Committee. We believe that Mr. Doyle’s experience as a partner at KPMG LLP, a long-time bank consultant, and as the chief executive officer of several banks provides him with a unique perspective on the Company’s challenges and opportunities.
Margaret Boles Fitzgerald
Ms. Fitzgerald chairs the Board of The Henry Luce Foundation, a position she has held since 2002.  From 2010 to 2014, Ms. Fitzgerald served as the Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations at Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program (“BHCHP”) and from 2009 through 2010 she served as Director of Alumni Communications and Stewardship at Emmanuel College.  From 1995 until 2009, Ms. Fitzgerald served as Executive Vice President and Director of Community Relations at Hill Holliday in Boston.  From 1978 until 1995, she worked in various capacities at Hill Holliday including positions in media, public relations, non-profit account management, and community relations.  Ms. Fitzgerald was on the Board of Directors of Associated Grant Makers from 1993 to 1999 and served as Chair from 1995 to 1999.  Additionally, Ms. Fitzgerald continues to work in consulting and volunteer roles with local non-profit organizations including the Museum of Fine Arts, The Salvation Army of Massachusetts Bay (State Advisory Board), Andover Newton Theological School (Board of Directors), The Latham Centers, Cape Cod (advisor to Capital Campaign), the Roy T. Morgan Foundation (Trustee), and she serves on the Board of Overseers of Boston’s NPR station, WBUR, as well as the Philanthropic Advisory Council of BHCHP.  Ms. Fitzgerald is a graduate of Bucknell University. Ms. Fitzgerald serves on the Company’s Audit and Risk Committees.  Ms. Fitzgerald’s extensive work with community service agencies, her leadership roles in non-profit management (governance, programmatic, and financial), and executive experience in private foundations (local and national) provide her with valuable skills to share with the Board in its management of the Company’s business.
John A. Hackett
Mr. Hackett currently serves as the Controller of J.J. Ruddy Insurance Agency, Inc., a position that he has held since 2005. Previously, Mr. Hackett served as the President of J. J. Ruddy Insurance Agency, Inc. for over 40 years, and retired as the President in 2005. Mr. Hackett served as a director of Mystic Financial, Inc. and its subsidiary bank, Medford Co-operative Bank, for 23 years before it was acquired by the Company in 2005. As a director of Medford Co-operative Bank, Mr. Hackett served as the chair of the Loan, Investment, Compensation and Nominating Committees. As a member of the Board of Directors, Mr. Hackett serves on the Company’s Audit, Compensation, and Nominating and Governance Committees. Mr. Hackett’s long-time service as a member of the Board of Directors of another financial institution provides him with unique and valuable insight as it relates to the oversight of the Company’s activities.
John L. Hall, II
Mr. Hall is President of Hall Properties, Inc., a real estate investment, management and development company, and has served in that capacity since 1989. Additionally, Mr. Hall is an owner and director of HallKeen Management, a real estate management and investment company located in Massachusetts. As a member of the Board of Directors, Mr. Hall serves on the Company’s Executive and Credit Committees. Mr. Hall’s extensive experience in the commercial real estate market industry provides him with the skills and knowledge that are valuable to the Board’s management of the Company’s lending and business activities.
Thomas J. Hollister
Mr. Hollister is the Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Finance of Harvard University, a position he has held since May 2015. Prior to that, Mr. Hollister served as Managing Director and founder of Governance & Leadership Advisors, LLC, a consulting firm specializing in effective board governance for public and private corporations and non-profit organizations as well as Managing Director of Wesquo Capital Partners, a private real estate development fund. Mr. Hollister is the former board chair of the trustees of Tufts Medical Center and Wheaton College. Mr. Hollister is former Chairman of the board of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce and serves as an ex-officio member of the Executive Committee. He previously served as board chair of Charter One Bank, Citizens Bank of Massachusetts, Citizens Capital Corporation, The Initiative for a New Economy, and Massachusetts Community Banking Council. From 2006 to 2013, Mr. Hollister served in various capacities at Global Partners LP, an energy midstream logistics and marketing company, from which he retired as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer in 2013. Prior to joining Global Partners, Mr. Hollister was a Vice Chairman of Citizens Financial Group, the U.S. arm of the Royal Bank of Scotland, and prior to that he served as an Executive Vice President at Bank of Boston. In addition to his board chair roles, Mr. Hollister has served on other boards including Global Partners LP, Macomber Construction Company, the Massachusetts Bankers Association, Rhode Island Hospital Trust Company, The Massachusetts Housing Investment Corporation, and Savings Bank Life Insurance of Massachusetts. As a member of the Board of Directors, Mr. Hollister serves as the Chair of the Company’s Audit Committee and serves on the Company’s Risk Committee and Executive Committee. Mr. Hollister provides the Board of Directors with valuable perspective on the Company’s activities as a result of his experience as the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of a Fortune 500 company, the former Vice Chair of a large financial institution, and his leadership roles on the boards of several other organizations.
Bogdan Nowak
Mr. Nowak joined the Board of Directors in January 2012 following the Company’s acquisition of Bancorp Rhode Island, Inc. and Bank Rhode Island, where he had served as a director since 2002. Mr. Nowak is the founder and President of Rhode Island Novelty, Inc., established in 1986. Headquartered in Fall River, Massachusetts, Rhode Island Novelty, Inc. is the nation’s leading importer and wholesale distributor of novelty toys. Mr. Nowak serves on the Company’s Audit, Compensation, and Nominating and Governance Committees. Mr. Nowak’s experience as a successful entrepreneur, his understanding of business operations and finances, and knowledge of corporate governance matters qualify him to serve on the Board of Directors.
Charles H. Peck
Mr. Peck served as the Senior Loan Officer of Brookline Bank from 1970 and the President of Brookline Bank from April 2000 until his retirement in December 2010. Mr. Peck serves on the Company’s Credit Committee. As the former President and Senior Loan Officer of Brookline Bank for many years, Mr. Peck provides the Board of Directors with considerable knowledge about the Company’s activities and guidance with respect to the commercial markets in which the Company operates.
John M. Pereira
Mr. Pereira is the owner of Combined Properties where he also serves as President. Mr. Pereira acquired the firm in 1996 and prior to that held multiple positions with the firm since 1987. Prior to joining Combined Properties, Mr. Pereira was a partner at the law firm of Sherin and Lodgen in Boston. Mr. Pereira is an active member of the community who serves as a director of the Danversbank Charitable Foundation, Triangle, Inc., and Mystic Valley Elder Services, where he serves as a member of the development committee. Mr. Pereira is a registered real estate broker and is a member of the Greater Boston Real Estate Board, Massachusetts Bar Association, National Association of Office and Industrial Properties, Real Estate Finance Association, Chelsea Boys and Girls Club Breakfast Club, and the Chelsea, Malden, Medford, and North Shore Chambers of Commerce. Mr. Pereira earned his Juris Doctorate degree from Boston College Law School and his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth. Mr. Pereira has been admitted to the United States Supreme Court, Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, United States Federal District Court, and United States Federal Court of Appeals. Mr. Pereira’s extensive experience as business owner, member of the real estate community, and partner in a law firm provide him with valuable skills and experience to share with the Board in its management of the Company’s business.
Paul A. Perrault
President and Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Perrault currently serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company and Chairman of Brookline Bank. From 2009 through 2016, Mr. Perrault served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Brookline Bank. From 2011 through 2016, Mr. Perrault served as President of Brookline Bank. Mr. Perrault also serves as a member of the Board of Directors of First Ipswich Bank and Bank Rhode Island. During January 2009, Mr. Perrault was the Chief Executive Officer of Sovereign Bancorp, Inc. From 1990 through 2007, Mr. Perrault was President and Chief Executive Officer of Chittenden Corporation and, additionally, from 1998 through 2007, he served as Chairman of Chittenden Corporation. Mr. Perrault is a member of the Board of Trustees of Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island, a member of the Board of Trustees of the Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown, Massachusetts, and a member of the Board of Directors of P.C. Construction, Inc., a large contracting company headquartered in South Burlington, Vermont. Mr. Perrault provides the Board of Directors with broad perspective on the Company’s strategies, challenges and opportunities as a result of his role as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company and his long-time successful experience as the chief executive officer of a larger commercial bank.
Merrill W. Sherman
Ms. Sherman joined the Board of Directors in January 2012 following the Company’s acquisition of Bancorp Rhode Island, Inc. and Bank Rhode Island. Ms. Sherman served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Bancorp Rhode Island, Inc. and Bank Rhode Island from 1996 until 2012. Previously, Ms. Sherman served as President and CEO of two other New England community banks. Ms. Sherman is very active in the Rhode Island community, Chairs the Board of Directors of the Rhode Island Infrastructure Bank (a quasi-public agency that is the State’s “green bank” and water finance agency), and holds leadership roles as a board member of a number of prominent non-profit organizations. Ms. Sherman serves on the Company’s Executive and Risk Committees. Ms. Sherman’s years of services as the chief executive officer of several banks provide her with experience in banking and operations matters which, combined with her leadership in the Rhode Island community, provides value to the Board in its management of the Company’s business.
Rosamond B. Vaule
Ms. Vaule is active in volunteer work for numerous educational and charitable organizations located in the Boston area, including the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston (Governor), the Old South Meeting House (Board of Directors), Boston Conservatory (Overseer), Massachusetts Audubon Society (Board of Directors) and the Brookline Arts Center (Community Advisor). As a member of the Company’s Board of Directors, Ms. Vaule serves on the Company’s Audit, Compensation, and Nominating and Governance Committees. Ms. Vaule’s extensive work in the community and with charitable organizations provides the Board of Directors with perspective on developments in the principal community in which the Company conducts its business and maintains community relations.
Peter O. Wilde
Mr. Wilde was President of Tuftane Extrusion Technologies, Inc., a manufacturing company, from 1998 until his retirement in 2009. In 1997, Mr. Wilde was a Managing Director of Beckwith Bemis Incorporated, a coatings and finishing company. From 1991 to 1997, Mr. Wilde served as Vice President of Finance and Administration at Ran Demo, Inc., a materials technology company. Mr. Wilde serves as Chairman of the Company’s Risk Committee and serves on the Company’s Credit and Executive Committees. Mr. Wilde’s experience as a manager and owner of several businesses provides the Board of Directors with considerable knowledge concerning the risks associated with lending to commercial companies and small businesses.