Daily News: May 2, 2013

Signature Bank Appoints Three Private Client Banking Teams



Signature Bank announced the appointment of three private client banking teams, bringing the total to five new teams added year-to-date.

Joan McNulty, who brings 25 years of banking experience to her new role, was named group director and SVP. Most recently, she was SVP and relationship manager at Citibank's commercial banking headquarters.

Melissa Badger, associate group director and VP, and Manuel Chalen, senior client associate also joined from Citibank where Badger served as sales manager of Treasury Products and VP and Chalen as VP and branch manager. The trio will be located in Manhattan.

Chris Panellino was named group director and SVP. She brings her team of three to the Signature Bank Great Neck, Long Island office. She, along with Helen Dounias and Jason Torres, both associate group director and VP, join from HSBC in Glen Oaks, NY.

Panellino was previously branch manager and Dounias most recently served as premier relationship manager and VP at HSBC. Torres worked with Panellino and Dounias as a senior business relationship manager and VP.

Complementing Panellino's team is Michael Santucci, group director - Investments under Signature Securities Group, the bank's investment advisory arm. Santucci spent 17 years at the same location as Panellino as senior financial advisor and VP, providing financial services expertise to business owners and high-net-worth individuals.

Monika Buono, group director and VP, along with her three-person team, temporarily join the Borough Park, Brooklyn private client banking office until the bank establishes a new site in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. Buono worked at Investor's Bank (formerly Interbank and Marathon Bank) in Brooklyn, as branch manager.

Her team includes senior client associate Joanne Panagiotakis and client associate Angela Zoto. Panagiotakis' years in banking spans roles at the predecessor banks to Investors Bank. Most recently, Panagiotakis was assistant branch manager at another Brooklyn location, focused on commercial and personal accounts. Zoto was a personal banker at the team's prior institution for the past four years, where she serviced business and personal banking clients.

"We are pleased to have attracted these experienced, high-quality teams with proven long-term track records from their prior institutions. These appointments bring the number of teams hired this year to five and are indicative of the opportunities we are seeing in the marketplace. We look forward to the contributions each of these teams will make. These new additions, along with our existing teams, bode well for our future growth," stated president and chief executive officer Joseph J. DePaolo.

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