John Ciulla, president of Webster Financial Corporation and Webster Bank, was elected chair of CBIA’s board of directors yesterday.
He succeeds former ebm-papst president and CEO Bob Sobolewski, who becomes the immediate past chair.
The board yesterday also elected two vice chairs: Mary Kay Fenton, executive vice president and chief financial officer with Achillion Pharmaceuticals in New Haven and Chris DiPentima, president of Pegasus Manufacturing, based in Middletown.
“I’m honored to work with CBIA and lead this group of directors in creating a better business climate here in Connecticut,” said Ciulla. “Given CBIA’s prominent place in Connecticut’s economic and political arenas, it’s important that the board plays a major role in setting direction for the association. I’m looking forward to leading that effort.”
“It is exciting to have a leader of John’s caliber to guide our association forward,” said Joe Brennan, president and CEO of CBIA.
“Particularly at this time of great challenges but also great opportunities, his leadership along with Mary Kay and Chris, will play a key role in shaping Connecticut’s economic future.”
“We’re privileged to have such an accomplished group of Connecticut business leaders heading up our board.”
John Ciulla is president of Webster Financial Corporation and Webster Bank. He joined Webster in 2004 and has served in a variety of management positions at the company including chief credit risk officer and senior vice president, commercial banking, where he was responsible for several business units. He was promoted from executive vice president and head of middle market banking to lead commercial banking in January 2014 and president in October 2015.
Prior to joining Webster, Ciulla was managing director of The Bank of New York from 1997 to 2004. He practiced law in New York as an associate with McDermott Will & Emery from 1996 to 1997 and with Hughes Hubbard & Reed from 1994 to 1996.
He also serves on the board of the Business Council of Fairfield County.
Ciulla earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and history from Williams College, an MBA from the Columbia Business School, and a law degree from Fordham University School of Law.