Peyton R. Patterson is President and CEO of the�bank holding company, Bankwell Financial Group, and CEO of its subsidiary bank, Bankwell. Ms. Patterson brings more�than 25 years of experience to her role, and has been widely�recognized as an exceptional regional banker. Most recently, she was Chairman�and Chief Executive Officer of NewAlliance Bancshares, Inc., headquartered in New Haven, Connecticut. Over her ten years with the bank, she�executed the largest banking IPO in U.S. history � raising over $1.4�billion.��Following, Ms. Patterson successfully completed six acquisitions, growing NewAlliance to be the third largest�bank headquartered in New England, with more than $9 billion in assets.Prior to NewAlliance, Ms. Patterson was the Executive Vice President of Consumer�Financial Services for Dime Bancorp, headquartered in New York. Previously, she spent eight years with Chemical Bank and Chase Manhattan as Senior Vice�President running their National Consumer Lending businesses. She began her banking career with Corestates Financial Corp. in Philadelphia where, over an eight-year period,�she held a variety of retail banking positions. Ms. Patterson received an A.B. Degree in Political Science from Kenyon College and an MBA in Marketing from�George Washington University.Ms. Patterson was named one of ten banking �CEO�s to Watch� in 2013�by American Banker.��In 2008, American Banker also named her Community Banker of the Year. U.S. Banker named her one of the top�ten Chief Executive Officers in banking nationwide in 2006. And in 2004 and�2005, U.S. Banker ranked Ms. Patterson 2nd on their list of the 25 Most Powerful�Women in Banking
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