KAPLAN PARTNERS ANNOUNCES NICHOLAS DEMEDIO JOINS AS PRINCIPAL

 

Wynnewood, PA – January 22, 2020 – Kaplan Partners, a leading boutique executive search and talent advisory firm, today announced Nicholas DeMedio (“Nick”) joining the firm as a Principal. With more than 20 years of Executive Search, Talent Management and Human Resources experience, Nick comes from Mosteller & Associates where he oversaw the financial services executive search practice for the regional Human Resources consulting firm. In this role, Nick led a number of Chief Executive Officer and C-Level searches, working directly with Boards of Directors and Executive Management teams in all facets of senior level recruiting, executive compensation and talent consulting.

Nick previously served as a senior executive at Royal Bank America, a publicly traded community bank based in suburban Philadelphia. In this key leadership role, Nick managed both strategic and hands-on initiatives of the human resources department, including executive recruiting, the design and administration of both executive and staff compensation and benefits infrastructure, executive on-boarding, talent management and succession planning.

“We are thrilled to welcome Nick to the Kaplan Partners team,” said Alan J. Kaplan, founder and CEO of Kaplan Partners. “His experience lends itself well to the firm’s high standards for advising CEOs and boards on leadership succession, corporate governance, talent management, and enhancing diversity. Nick’s combination of experiences as both a trusted advisor and human resources leader will significantly benefit our clients.”

Nick holds a Bachelor of Business of Administration with a concentration in Human Resources Management from Temple University, as well as the Senior Professional of Human Resources (“SPHR”) certification from the Society of Human Resources Management.

ABOUT KAPLAN PARTNERS
For 25 years, Kaplan Partners has served as strategic human capital advisors specializing in Executive Search, Board Advisory Services, and Management Assessment and Succession Planning for the nation’s leading institutions, including: regional and community banks, asset management firms, private equity and venture capital firms, FinTech firms, mortgage and insurance companies, credit unions, technology companies and high growth organizations. Kaplan Partners employs a holistic approach and proven methodology to find the best solutions in support of evolving client leadership needs. The firm works directly with CEOs, boards, and investors to identify and evaluate leadership potential, leveraging best practices in corporate governance and succession management to ensure its clients’ continued success in today’s demanding markets. Visit here: www.kaplanpartners.com.

 

 

Current Searches 2019

This list highlights some of our current search assignments. If you think you are well qualified for one of these opportunities, you may e-mail your resume to Kaplan Partners for potential consideration. In addition, if you know someone who might be a prospective contender for one these roles, please make a confidential connection.

  • President of Community Banking, Large Regional Bank
  • Vice President, Finance, Public Utility
  • President & CEO, Community Bank
  • Chief Financial Officer, Regional Bank
  • EVP & CHRO, Large Regional Bank
  • Corporate Controller, International Non-Profit Organization
  • Chief Banking Officer, Regional Bank

Compensation Committee Rebrand

<To view the article in its published format, click here Why the Compensation Committee Needs a Rebrand >

Publicly traded businesses have long been mandated to have a compensation committee which reviews and sets the pay and benefits for corporate executives, and most non-public financial institutions have followed suit.

Most “comp committees,” as they are affectionately called, spend the vast majority of their time focused on the institution’s pay practices — including establishing competitive salary levels and crafting appropriate short- and long-term incentives that drive performance. While this core function of the comp committee remains relevant, it is time to change the focus of the committee.

The compensation committee label suggests that the focus of committee and board should be on paying executives properly. However, any good human resources leader would point out that compensation is only one piece of the puzzle when it comes to attracting, developing, motivating and retaining top talent. In today’s highly competitive banking talent environment, the board and compensation committees should broaden their focus to reflect this dynamic.

<To read the Article in its published format, click here:  Why the Compensation Committee Needs a Rebrand>

Alan J. Kaplan is Founder & CEO of Kaplan Partners, a retained executive search and talent advisory firm headquartered in suburban Philadelphia. Kaplan Partners is the country’s only talent advisory firm member of both the ABA and ICBA, as well as a longstanding partner of Bank Director. You can reach Alan at 610-642-5644 or alan@KaplanPartners.com.

 

Community Bank System, Inc. Appoints Kerrie D. MacPherson as New Independent Director

November 20, 2019    Syracuse, NY  —  Community Bank System, Inc. (NYSE: CBU) today announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Kerrie D. MacPherson, FCPA, FCA, as a new independent director. Ms. MacPherson previously served as a senior partner of Ernst & Young, LLP (“EY”) where she started as an auditor and served in leadership roles in transaction advisory services in EY’s New York office, working with clients across a broad array of industries over 32 years and developing extensive experience in the financial services sector.

Ms. MacPherson’s appointment expands the Company’s Board to 12 Directors, 11 of whom are independent. Ms. MacPherson was also appointed to the Board of Directors of Community Bank, N.A., the Company’s wholly-owned banking subsidiary. The Board has determined that Ms. MacPherson is a qualified financial expert and will serve on the Board’s Audit and Compliance Committee and the Risk Committee.

“We are pleased to welcome Kerrie MacPherson as a new independent director to the Board of Directors of Community Bank System, Inc. and Community Bank, N.A.,” said Sally A. Steele, Chair of the Board of Directors. “Kerrie’s expertise in audit, banking, financial advisory services, sales, marketing, and mergers and acquisitions will be an asset to the Board and we are confident that she will provide a valuable perspective to our discussions. Her appointment reflects a thoughtful and deliberate process to refresh our Board as we seek to ensure that we have an appropriate level of expertise, background, and perspective to provide effective governance oversight of the Company and its subsidiaries.”

Mark Tryniski, President and Chief Executive Officer, stated “We’re thrilled to be adding Kerrie to our Board of Directors. She brings tremendous financial industry experience to our boardroom and, together with her transaction expertise, will be of great value to our efforts to continue delivering exceptional returns to our shareholders.”

Ms. MacPherson joined EY in 1986 as an auditor in their Toronto office and first moved to their New York office in 1992 where she worked on a national financial services team focused on regulatory developments. Over her career, she served in various leadership roles in mergers and acquisitions, advisory services, and marketing where she developed extensive experience with banking and financial advisory services. In 2002, she joined the Americas Financial Services Office of EY where she focused on due diligence and post-merger integration services in the financial services sector. Her advisory role continued with evolving leadership and oversight roles, and she served as Global Client Service Partner to several of the firm’s largest global accounts including clients in the financial services sector, until her retirement from EY in 2018. In 2017, Ms. MacPherson was selected as a Fellow of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario, the highest distinction conferred by the organization. She also received Consulting Magazine’s Women in Leaders in Consulting, 2015 Excellence in Leadership Award, and the National Association for Female Executives’ 2014 Corporate Women’s Champion Award.

Ms. MacPherson serves on the Board of Directors of New York City Harvest, a non-profit focused on feeding the hungry in New York City. She also serves as Co-Chair of City Harvest’s Governance Committee and as a member of its Executive Committee and formerly chaired the Audit Committee. She is a graduate of the University of Toronto with a Bachelors of Commerce (Honours) and Master of Business Administration (Rotman School), and currently serves on the Dean’s Advisory Board and Global Advancement Board for the Rotman School.

About Community Bank System, Inc.

Community Bank System, Inc. operates over 230 customer facilities across Upstate New York, Northeastern Pennsylvania, Vermont, and Western Massachusetts through its banking subsidiary, Community Bank, N.A. With assets of approximately $11.5 billion, the DeWitt, N.Y. headquartered company is among the country’s 150 largest financial institutions. In addition to a full range of retail, business, and municipal banking services, the Company offers comprehensive financial planning, insurance and wealth management services through its Community Bank Wealth Management Group and OneGroup NY, Inc. operating subsidiaries. The Company’s Benefit Plans Administrative Services, Inc. subsidiary is a leading provider of employee benefits administration, trust services, collective investment fund administration and actuarial consulting services to customers on a national scale. Community Bank System, Inc. is listed on the New York Stock Exchange and the Company’s stock trades under the symbol CBU.

 

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