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KYW Career News Report, November 18, 2018

Meridian Bank Names CIO

November 1, 2018 – Randy J. McGarry has joined Meridian Bank (NASDAQ: MRBK) as its chief information officer. Meridian is a $1B asset financial institution headquartered in suburban Philadelphia.

McGarry is an experienced CIO with an extensive background in technology architecture, banking integration and project management. Bringing more than 25 years of experience to his role at Meridian, he is responsible for executing operational solutions aligned with corporate strategy.

“We are excited to welcome Randy to the executive team at Meridian,” said Chris Annas, President and CEO of the Bank. “Randy strengthens our outstanding operations and IT team and further verifies the importance that great technology and process has at Meridian. His experience in building bank infrastructure and overseeing bank combinations will play a critical role in our continued growth.”

McGarry served for six years as CIO for a NASDAQ listed bank holding company in Hatboro, Pennsylvania, with assets exceeding $1.2 billion. He was responsible for creating a technology plan to support the corporate strategic plan while being flexible, scalable and increasing efficiencies. Prior to that, McGarry served three years as the CIO of a $5.5 billion financial institution that offered financial and investment planning services until it was acquired. During this tenure, McGarry focused his technical and operational leadership on increasing efficiency, maximizing resources and improving the customer experience.

A graduate of the Pennsylvania State University, McGarry holds a bachelor’s degree in finance. He also earned an MBA, with a concentration in MIS, from Drexel University.

Meridian Bank is an innovative community bank serving Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware with a full suite of financial products and services. Meridian specializes in business and industrial lending, retail and commercial real estate lending, wealth management and electronic payments. Meridian also has a broad menu of high-yield depository products supported by robust online and mobile access.

Alan J. Kaplan is Named an NACD Board Leadership Fellow

Wynnewood, PA October 8, 2018 – Kaplan Partners, a leading boutique executive search and talent advisory firm, today announced that the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) recently recognized Alan J. Kaplan, Founder & CEO, as an NACD Board Leadership Fellow. NACD Fellows stand within the highest echelon of those committed to excellence in the boardroom.

As the highest standard of credentialing for directors and governance professionals, NACD Fellowship is a comprehensive and continuous program of study that empowers Fellows with the latest insights, intelligence, and leading boardroom practices—year after year.

“I am honored to join the distinguished and diverse group of individuals who make up the NACD Fellow community and who are committed to advancing the highest standards of boardroom excellence,” said Kaplan. “The resources, insights, and connections I’ve made through NACD Fellowship will be key assets for our clients, as well as to my professional growth as a director.”

Kaplan is the Founder and CEO of Kaplan Partners, a retained executive search and talent advisory firm headquartered in Philadelphia. Since the firm’s founding in 1994, Kaplan Partners has provided Boards of Directors and CEOs with advice on the dynamics of CEO succession, and assistance with the identification, assessment and selection of new CEOs, Directors and senior executives. The firm’s Board Advisory Services assist clients with Director Succession, Performance, Diversity and Recruitment. Kaplan Partners also conducts Management Assessments of leadership teams to enhance succession planning and professional development efforts.

“We are proud that Alan has joined NACD’s credentialed directors in the pursuit of boardroom excellence,” said Peter Gleason, CEO of NACD. “Our Fellows help advance the highest standards for those who serve in the boardroom, strengthening businesses and driving director professionalism.”

Representing hundreds of today’s largest and most-diverse corporations in the world, NACD Fellows serve on boards of NASDAQ OMX- and NYSE-listed companies such as Baker Hughes Inc., Citigroup Inc., DuPont, Foot Locker Inc., IBM, Lockheed Martin Corp., Microsoft Corp., Nordstrom Inc., Pinnacle Entertainment, UnitedHealth Group Inc., and more. A number of Kaplan Partners client organizations are NACD Full Board Members as well.

NACD Fellows provide a snapshot of the caliber of directors engaged in continuous learning with NACD—the recognized authority on leading boardroom practices that more than 17,000 directors rely on to lead with confidence. To learn more about NACD Fellowship, visit

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