CIT Group appointed Stuart Alderoty executive vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary. Alderoty will join CIT from HSBC North America Holdings where he served as general counsel since November of 2010. Alderoty will begin at CIT once he completes his garden leave from HSBC. He will serve on CIT’s executive management committee and report directly to CEO Ellen R. Alemany.

“We are excited to have a lawyer of Stuart’s caliber join CIT as General Counsel and Corporate Secretary,” Alemany said. “Not only is Stuart a trusted counselor with vast experience in managing complex legal matters, he also brings a wealth of banking and regulatory expertise to support CIT’s strategic growth in the years to come.”

Before joining HSBC, Alderoty was managing counsel at American Express. Prior to that, he was a partner with the law firm of LeBouef, Lamb, Green and MacRae, specializing in litigation. Alderoty serves on the board of the Minority Corporate Counsel Association, a not-for-profit association that advocates for the expanded hiring, retention and promotion of minority attorneys in corporate law departments and the law firms that serve them.

“CIT is a company with a rich history of providing financing solutions to the middle market,” Alderoty said. “I’m excited to join the team and contribute my skills as the company continues to expand its banking platform and grows into a leading national middle market bank.”

Alderoty will succeed Robert Ingato, who will continue as a strategic advisor until year-end.