The First National Bank of Long Island has tapped a new chief executive officer to lead the financial institution for the first time in about two decades.
Christopher Becker was named the new president and CEO of The First National Bank of Long Island, replacing Michael Vittorio, who retired Jan. 1 after 18 years at the helm. The two have been working together on the transition since March. Upon taking over, Becker praised his team’s financial performance.
“I have utmost confidence in their ability to maintain our focus on relationship banking while expanding our business to better serve customers in our branch network as well as through digital channels,” Becker said.
“Broadening our message, expanding our brand and serving communities on Long Island and within New York City remain among our key strategies,” he continued. “Asset quality
continues to be a priority. I look forward to working with our board of directors and over 400 employees in executing a shared vision for future success.”
Becker was also named to the The First of Long Island Corporation board of directors, the bank holding company for The First National Bank of Long Island. The 52-branch bank serves privately owned businesses, professionals, consumers, public bodies, and other organizations primarily in Nassau and Suffolk counties as well as Queens, Brooklyn, and Manhattan.
In addition to Becker, the company announced that Jay P. McConie was promoted to executive vice president and chief financial officer of The First of Long Island Corporation and The First National Bank of Long Island.