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Officers & Directors

Officers & Directors

Executive Officers

William H. W. Crawford IV
Chief Executive Officer United Financial Bancorp, Inc. & United Bank

William H.W. Crawford, IV, is Chief Executive Officer and Director of United Financial Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ Global Select Stock Market: “UBNK”) and its subsidiary United Bank of Glastonbury, Connecticut.

Mr. Crawford, a 28-year veteran of the banking industry, joined Rockville Financial, Inc. of Rockville, Connecticut in January 2011 as Senior Executive Vice President and Director, leading the Company’s transition to a fully public company in March 2011. He then became Chief Executive Officer of Rockville Financial, Inc. and Rockville Bank in April 2011.

Over the past 5 ½ years, Mr. Crawford led the Company through a historic transformation, including Rockville Financial’s strategic merger of equals with United Financial Bancorp, Inc. of West Springfield, Massachusetts. Mr. Crawford became Chief Executive Officer of the combined entity, United Financial Bancorp, Inc., now headquartered in Glastonbury, Connecticut. (Rockville Financial, Inc. was the legal acquirer but took United's name for the combined entity.)

Under the leadership of Mr. Crawford, United Financial Bancorp, Inc. grew from $1.7B in assets to $6.5B in assets; approximately $2.4B via acquisition and $2.4B in organic growth. United has more than 50 retail banking offices and loan production offices throughout Connecticut and Massachusetts, successfully expanding into new geographies while maintaining its strong commitment to its core markets in both states. The Company has also become a job creator, growing the number of quality positions to more than 700 at United.

Mr. Crawford promotes an employee culture that emphasizes customer service, community giving and employee volunteerism. He currently serves as Chairman of the United Bank Connecticut Foundation which supports hundreds of local nonprofits in Connecticut each year.

Mr. Crawford has received accolades in recent years for his civic engagement, including the Human Relations Award in 2014 from the National Conference of Community and Justice (NCCJ) and an Honorary Degree from Manchester Community College in 2013 for his commitment to supporting students seeking an affordable higher education.

In addition, due to his extensive banking experience that spans nearly three decades, Mr. Crawford is frequently invited to speak at local, regional and national industry events.

Prior to joining Rockville Financial, Inc., he served as Executive Vice President/Regional Executive with SouthTrust Bank in North Carolina and Florida; Wachovia Bank in North Carolina and Virginia; and Wells Fargo Bank in Virginia.

Mr. Crawford graduated from The College of William & Mary in Virginia in 1988 with a B.A. in Economics.

Eric R. Newell
Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer
Eric R. Newell, Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer joined Rockville Bank in May 2011 as Vice President, Treasury Officer and was promoted to Senior Vice President in March 2012. He was promoted to Executive Vice President Head of Treasury & Corporate Strategy in May 2013, and to his current position in November 2013. Mr. Newell holds a CFA designation and his prior to joining the Bank he served as an analyst at AllianceBernstein, an analyst for Fitch Ratings, and as a Bank Examiner with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (“FDIC”), out of the Hartford, Connecticut office.
Mark A. Kucia
Executive Vice President, Chief Credit Officer
Mark A. Kucia, Executive Vice President, Chief Credit Officer, joined Rockville Bank in October 2005 and ran the Commercial Banking Department from August 2007 until March 2014 when he was appointed to his current position. Prior to joining the Bank, Mr. Kucia served as Vice President, Senior Commercial Real Estate Lender at Liberty Bank located in Middletown, Connecticut and worked at Mechanics Bank in Hartford, Connecticut and Bay Bank in Springfield, Massachusetts in a variety of roles covering all aspects of commercial banking. Mr. Kucia's career began at the New York City Offices of National Westminster Bank, PLC on a corporate lending team.
Brandon C. Lorey
Executive Vice President, Head of Consumer Banking
Brandon C. Lorey, Executive Vice President, Head of Consumer Banking, joined Rockville Bank in February 2013 and served as the Senior Vice President, Head of Consumer Lending until April 2014 when he was promoted to Executive Vice President, Head of Consumer Lending. He was promoted to his current position in June 2015. Prior to joining the Bank, Mr. Lorey was the Chief Credit and Lending Officer for H&R Block Bank in Kansas City where he was in charge of loan origination and credit administration. Previously, he served as Senior Vice President at Sovereign Bank in Pennsylvania and held various roles at Chevy Chase Bank, Federal Savings Bank in Maryland, including Vice President of risk, finance, operations, and direct sales.
David C. Paulson
Executive Vice President, Head of Wholesale Banking
David C. Paulson joined Rockville Bank in March 2014 as Executive Vice President, Head of Wholesale Banking. Prior to joining the Bank, Mr. Paulson was with Santander Bank N.A. where he was Managing Director and Commercial Banking Executive Vice President. Prior to Santander, Mr. Paulson served as Regional Vice President – Commercial Banking Wells Fargo, as well as Commercial Banking Director, Senior Vice President for Wachovia Bank.
Marliese L. Shaw
Executive Vice President, Corporate Secretary/Investor Relations
Executive Vice President, Corporate Secretary/Investor Relations, joined Rockville Bank in May 2004 as Vice President, Treasury Officer, was appointed Vice President, Treasury Officer and Investor Relations upon the close of the Company’s initial public offering and was promoted to Senior Vice President, Investor Relations in March 2012 and appointed Senior Vice President, Corporate Secretary and Investor Relations in May 2013. She was promoted to her current position in April 2014. Prior to 2004, Ms. Shaw served as Vice President, Treasury Officer for Tolland Bank, subsidiary of Alliance Bancorp of New England, located in Vernon, Connecticut.
Elizabeth Kenney Wynnick
Executive Vice President, Chief Risk Officer
Elizabeth K. Wynnick, Executive Vice President, Chief Risk Officer, joined Rockville Bank in April 2012 as Senior Vice President, Director of Internal Audit, was promoted to Executive Vice President, Director of Internal Audit in April 2014, and was promoted to her current position in December 2014. Ms. Wynnick holds a CPA and CFSA designation and is licensed to practice law in Connecticut. Prior to joining the Bank, she served as General Auditor of NewAlliance Bank and as Deputy General Auditor of Webster Bank.

Board of Directors

William H. W. Crawford IV
Chief Executive Officer United Financial Bancorp, Inc. & United Bank

William H.W. Crawford, IV, is Chief Executive Officer and Director of United Financial Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ Global Select Stock Market: “UBNK”) and its subsidiary United Bank of Glastonbury, Connecticut.

Mr. Crawford, a 28-year veteran of the banking industry, joined Rockville Financial, Inc. of Rockville, Connecticut in January 2011 as Senior Executive Vice President and Director, leading the Company’s transition to a fully public company in March 2011. He then became Chief Executive Officer of Rockville Financial, Inc. and Rockville Bank in April 2011.

Over the past 5 ½ years, Mr. Crawford led the Company through a historic transformation, including Rockville Financial’s strategic merger of equals with United Financial Bancorp, Inc. of West Springfield, Massachusetts. Mr. Crawford became Chief Executive Officer of the combined entity, United Financial Bancorp, Inc., now headquartered in Glastonbury, Connecticut. (Rockville Financial, Inc. was the legal acquirer but took United's name for the combined entity.)

Under the leadership of Mr. Crawford, United Financial Bancorp, Inc. grew from $1.7B in assets to $6.5B in assets; approximately $2.4B via acquisition and $2.4B in organic growth. United has more than 50 retail banking offices and loan production offices throughout Connecticut and Massachusetts, successfully expanding into new geographies while maintaining its strong commitment to its core markets in both states. The Company has also become a job creator, growing the number of quality positions to more than 700 at United.

Mr. Crawford promotes an employee culture that emphasizes customer service, community giving and employee volunteerism. He currently serves as Chairman of the United Bank Connecticut Foundation which supports hundreds of local nonprofits in Connecticut each year.

Mr. Crawford has received accolades in recent years for his civic engagement, including the Human Relations Award in 2014 from the National Conference of Community and Justice (NCCJ) and an Honorary Degree from Manchester Community College in 2013 for his commitment to supporting students seeking an affordable higher education.

In addition, due to his extensive banking experience that spans nearly three decades, Mr. Crawford is frequently invited to speak at local, regional and national industry events.

Prior to joining Rockville Financial, Inc., he served as Executive Vice President/Regional Executive with SouthTrust Bank in North Carolina and Florida; Wachovia Bank in North Carolina and Virginia; and Wells Fargo Bank in Virginia.

Mr. Crawford graduated from The College of William & Mary in Virginia in 1988 with a B.A. in Economics.

Robert A. Stewart Jr.
Chairman
Mr. Stewart is President of Chase, Clarke, Stewart & Fontana, Inc., an insurance agency located in Springfield, Massachusetts. Mr. Stewart has also served on the board of directors of many civic associations and non-profit corporations and is currently a director and executive committee member of Behavioral Health Network, Inc.
Raymond H. Lefurge Jr.
Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors
Mr. Lefruge is a certified public accountant and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants. He is the sole shareholder of the auditing, tax and accounting services firm of Lefruge & Gilbert, PC, CPAs, located in Vernon, Connecticut, where he also holds the position of President. Mr. Lefruge previously served as a director of a local publicly traded community bank and served as their Audit Committee Chairman. In addition, he currently serves as a member of the Audit and Corporate Compliance Committee and the Planning Committee of Eastern Connecticut Health Network, a local health network. He also serves as a trustee of an educational trust for the benefit of students of Vernon, Connecticut.
Michael A. Bars
Mr. Bars is a managing partner of the law firm of Kahan, Kerensky & Capossela LLP, a general practice law firm with offices in Vernon and Mansfield, Connecticut, is on the Board of Directors of The Hundred Club of Connecticut, Inc. and is a past Trustee and Chair of the Board of Trustees of Eastern Connecticut Health Network, Inc.
Michael F. Crowley
Mr. Crowley is President of Crowley Real Estate Appraisers, Inc. and M.F.C. Systems, Inc., companies that provide commercial real estate appraisal, realty consultation and project management services in the region. He develops and has ownership interests in a number of commercial real estate ventures in the Western Massachusetts region. Mr. Crowley is a current Director and immediate Past President of the Springfield Riverfront Development Corporation, the real estate subsidiary of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and has served on numerous civic and governmental boards of directors over the past 26 years.
Kristen A. Johnson
Kristen A. Johnson has served as Director of Rockville Financial, Inc. (MHC), Rockville Financial MHC, Inc. and Rockville Bank (MHC) (the “Bank”) since May 2010. She has worked for the Connecticut Water Company (“Connecticut Water”) in Clinton, Connecticut since May 2007, was promoted to Vice President of Human Resources in December 2007 and was appointed Corporate Secretary of the company in November 2010. Prior to joining Connecticut Water, she served as Senior Vice President, Human Resources and Organizational Development Officer at Rockville Bank.
Carol A. Leary
Dr. Leary is President of Bay Path University, located in Longmeadow, Massachusetts. She serves on the board of directors of several major national, state and area not-for-profit organizations, including serving as a director and member of the compensation committee for a major charitable foundation located in Company’s local community, namely the Frank Stanley Beveridge Foundation.
Kevin E. Ross
Mr. Ross is Vice President and Treasurer of Ross Insurance Agency, Inc., located in Holyoke, Massachusetts. He has also served on the board of directors of many civic associations and non-profit corporations over the years.
Paula A. Aiello
Ms. Aiello is Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Administration for Youth Opportunities Upheld, Inc. of Worcester. She is a certified public accountant and is a member of the Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Central Massachusetts Financial Executives Organization.