OceanFirst Bank Announces Chief Banking Officer & Region Presidents

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January 31, 2017

OceanFirst Bank Chief Executive Officer and President Christopher D. Maher is pleased to announce the appointment of Executive Vice President Joseph J. Lebel III to the newly established position of Chief Banking Officer and the promotions of George Destafney and Vincent D’Alessandro to Regional Presidents.

Joseph J. Lebel III, Executive Vice President and Chief Banking Officer As Chief Banking Officer Mr. Lebel leads the Banking Division which includes all customer facing areas of the Bank and is committed to delivering an exceptional experience to all OceanFirst customers. Reporting to Mr. Lebel is the Bank’s Central Region President and Southern Region President, as well as the Chief Credit Officer, Director of Residential Lending, Director of Marketing and the Direct Bank. Mr. Lebel is a member of the OceanFirst Bank executive management team. Mr. Lebel joined OceanFirst in April 2006 as a Senior Vice President leading the Bank’s Commercial Lending team. He was promoted to Chief Lending Officer in 2007 and Executive Vice President in 2013. Mr. Lebel is an active member of the community, currently servingon the board of trustees of The FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties as well as the board of trustees of the Community Medical Center/RWJ Barnabas Health Foundation.

George Destafney, Central Region President Mr. Destafney leads the Bank’s initiatives to deliver an exceptional customer experience and attract new customers in the Central Region which includes: Ocean, Monmouth and Middlesex counties along with lending services extending into Mercer county in New Jersey and the Philadelphia market area. Mr. Destafney’s team includes management and staff of the retail branch network, commercial lending, residential lending and wealth management. Mr. Destafney reports to Executive Vice President and Chief Banking Officer Joseph Lebel. Mr. Destafney volunteers his time to several community organizations including the United Way of Monmouth and Ocean Counties and the Advisory Board of St. John Vianney High School. Mr. Destafney joined OceanFirst Bank in May 2013 as a Senior Vice President and Senior Relationship Manager leading the commercial lending team dedicated to serving businesses in Monmouth County and the surrounding area. Mr. Destafney joined OceanFirst after spending more than 18 years at TD Bank (formerly Commerce Bank).

Vincent D’Alessandro, Southern Region President Mr. D’Alessandro leads the Bank’s team serving the Southern New Jersey Region. OceanFirst entered the South Jersey market in 2016 with the acquisitions of Cape Bank in May and Ocean City Home Bank in November. As Southern Region President, Mr. D’Alessandro leads the Bank’s initiatives to deliver an exceptional customer experience
and attract new customers in Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester and Burlington counties. Mr. D’Alessandro’s team includes management and staff of the retail branch network, commercial lending, residential lending and wealth management.
Mr. D’Alessandro reports to Executive Vice President and Chief Banking Officer Joseph Lebel. Mr. D’Alessandro volunteers his time to community organizations including Ocean County College Foundation and The First Tee of Monmouth and Ocean Counties.
Mr. D’Alessandro is a seasoned banker with over 28 years of experience. He joined OceanFirst in 2008 as a Vice President in the Commercial Lending department. Mr. D’Alessandro was promoted to Senior Vice President and Commercial Team Leader for the Ocean County market in 2013.

OceanFirst Bank, founded in 1902, is a $5.2 billion community bank with branches located throughout central and southern New Jersey. OceanFirst Bank delivers commercial and residential financing solutions, wealth management and deposit services and is one of the largest and oldest community-based financial institutions headquartered in New Jersey. OceanFirst Bank is a subsidiary of OceanFirst Financial Corp. (NASDAQ:OCFC).


Company Contact:

Jill A. Hewitt
Senior Vice President
OceanFirst Financial Corp.
Tel: (732)240-4500, ext. 7513
email: jhewitt@oceanfirst.com