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First County Bank makes personnel change

Published 11:57 am, Saturday, July 12, 2014
  • Robert J. Granata has been named president and chief operating officer of First County Bank by the board of directors. Photo: Contributed / New Canaan News
    Robert J. Granata has been named president and chief operating officer of First County Bank by the board of directors. Photo: Contributed

 

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Robert J. Granata has been named president and chief operating officer of First County Bank by the board of directors.

He replaced Katherine A. Harris, who retired June 30 after 29 years of service to the bank.

"We're very proud to have Bob Granata as our president and chief operating officer of First County Bank," Rey Giallongo, bank chairman and CEO, said. "He brings a wealth of banking experience to the position and has proved to be a strong strategic leader who will position the bank for the future."

As president and COO, Granata will direct, control and coordinate the bank's daily operations to ensure goals and objectives are met. Through division/department heads, Granata's responsibilities include retail and business banking, loan and deposit operations, risk/compliance management, marketing and human resources. He will participate in short- and long-term planning; ensure compliance with all applicable regulations; and participate in establishing the overall direction and mission of the bank, which has a branch at 95 Park St. in New Canaan.

Granata joined First County Bank in 2007 and has 27 years of financial services experience. He recently was selected as one of Connecticut Bankers Association's New Leaders in Banking for 2014. He serves as a board member of Children's Learning Center, a nonprofit agency in Stamford.

"I am honored to become First County Bank's president and COO," Granata said in a news release provided by the bank. "My challenge is to build upon our 160-plus years of banking and position ourselves as the `premiere bank of choice' for those in the lower Fairfield County area. I hope to continue in the footsteps of my predecessors who have developed and grown the bank successfully. I am excited to help to guide the bank to further its success in the communities it serves."

Granata joined First County Bank in 2007 and has 27 years of financial services experience. He recently was selected as one of Connecticut Bankers Association's New Leaders in Banking for 2014. He serves as a board member of Children's Learning Center, a nonprofit agency in Stamford.