First Niagara Financial Group (Nasdaq: FNFG) announced today that it has named John Golding Retail Banking Director for a newly-created Tri-State region based in Nyack, NY. Golding will provide leadership to First Niagara’s branch network covering Southern Connecticut and downstate New York, and support the company’s loan production efforts in New Jersey.
“John has shown tremendous leadership ability throughout his career,” said Scott Fisher, First Niagara Managing Director of Retail Banking. “John brings to First Niagara a successful history of financial services leadership in a variety of business lines including retail banking, lending, business banking, finance, mortgage, and IT. He is a proven leader with an established record of leading high-performing teams and implementing best practices to consistently grow revenue, profitability, and market share. This is a natural fit, and we are thrilled to have John lead our Tri-State branch network.”
Most recently, Golding served as Chief Operating Officer at Nova Bank in Pennsylvania. Prior to that, he served in a variety of leadership roles at Wachovia Bank.
Prior to starting his banking career, Golding owned his own business for 11 years.
He and his wife Liz and daughter Gracie will be relocating to the Tri-State area upon Gracie’s graduation from high school.
Golding is a graduate of North Carolina Wesleyan College where he graduated with a BS in Business Administration.
In the Hudson Valley, First Niagara has 26 branches from Ulster to Westchester Counties. Branches are located in the following communities: (Westchester) Mount Kisco, Bedford Hills, Ossining, Yorktown Heights and Baldwin Place; (Dutchess) East Fishkill, Millerton, Hyde Park, Wappingers Falls, Pleasant Valley and Poughkeepsie; (Orange) Highland Falls, Middletown and Vails Gate; (Putnam) Brewster; (Rockland) Blauvelt, Pearl River, New City, Nyack, Nanuet, Spring Valley, Stony Point, Suffern and Tappan; (Sullivan) Liberty; and (Ulster) Kingston. In Southwestern Connecticut, First Niagara has four branches in Stamford, two in Fairfield, and one each in Greenwich, Norwalk, Westport, Wilton, Monroe, Ridgefield, Shelton and Stratford.