By Joyce Dimaculangan
First County Bank announced the promotion of Robert J. Granata to President and Chief Operating Officer. He succeeds Katherine A. Harris who retired last June 30 after serving the Bank for 29 years. As President and Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Granata will direct, control and coordinate the Bank’s day-to-day operations. He will participate in short- and long-term planning, ensure compliance with regulations and participate in establishing the overall direction and mission of the bank. In addition, his responsibilities include retail and business banking; loan and deposit operations; risk/compliance management; marketing and human resources.
In a statement, Rey Giallongo, Chairman and CEO of First County Bank, said, “Bob Granata 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.” Meanwhile, Mr. Granata said, “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.”
Mr. Granata has 27 years of financial services experience. He joined First County Bank in 2007. A resident of Trumbull, he was recently selected as one of Connecticut Bankers Association’s New Leaders in Banking for 2014.
About First County Bank
Founded in 1851 and headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut, First County Bank is an independent mutual community bank with 15 branches across Connecticut. It offers deposit products, mortgages, trust and investment services, business banking services and online banking. First County Bank has assets in excess of $1.2 billion. For more information, visit www.firstcountybank.com.