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CUs Worried About Another Equifax-Type Hack

According to a recent survey on cybersecurity conducted by the National Association of Federally-Insured Credit Unions, 63 percent of respondents indicated they are “very concerned” about another Equifax-type data breach.

Darryl Fess

Brookline Bank CEO Discusses Risk At The Local Level

At the Risk Management Association’s Annual Conference in Boston earlier this month, Brookline Bank’s President and CEO Darryl Fess said “risk is all around us,” and outlined ways that local banks are creating market opportunities in an operating climate often defined by the actions of “big banks.”

Study: Very Few FIs Under $10B Prepared For CECL

Only 11 percent of CFOs at financial institutions under $10 billion in assets believe they are prepared for the transition to the new current expected credit loss accounting standard, according to a recent study.

Hooley YMCA

Hooley Receives Corporate Citizen Award From YMCA

The YMCA of Greater Boston last week presented State Street Corp. Chairman and CEO Jay Hooley, who recently announced his retirement at the end of the year, with its first annual 1851 YMCA Legacy Award for Corporate Citizenship in honor of Hooley’s 20-plus years of service, support and shared mission.

Susan Yahn DiPinto

Breaking Into The Boston Market

As Berkshire Bank prepares to open its new corporate headquarters in Boston, with a fresh look in the heart of the city’s Financial District on State Street, it is also bringing aboard new faces to enhance its presence in Boston and Worcester. One of those new faces is Susan Yahn DiPinto, who Berkshire hired in October as the company’s senior vice president of private banking. Before Berkshire, DiPinto was a senior vice president of private banking at Boston Private. Prior to that role, she did stints at other larger institutions such as Citizens Bank and Bank of Boston. In her new role, DiPinto is charged with leveraging her local experience to expand Berkshire’s customer relationships across the bank’s full suite of products and services. She will build a team of private bankers to assist in her efforts.