Lakeland Bank adds Jimmy Hanson to board

James E. Hanson II, CEO and president of the Hampshire Cos. real estate firm, has been named to the boards of directors of Lakeland Bancorp Inc. and its subsidiary, Lakeland Bank.

Lakeland, based in Oak Ridge, said Hanson will serve on the Nominating and Corporate Governance and Risk committees. He is expected to be nominated for shareholder election to a full one-year term at the 2019 annual meeting.

“We are delighted to welcome Jimmy, and his extensive knowledge of the commercial real estate markets, to our board of directors,” Chairman Mary Ann Deacon said in a prepared statement.

Hanson, 59, is one of the leaders of Morristown-based Hampshire, one of the state’s most prominent real estate investment firms.

“His proven business experience and philanthropic leadership will add a valuable perspective to our board,” CEO and President Thomas J. Shara added.

Hanson was ranked No. 10 in the inaugural ROI Influencers Real Estate 2017 list, tied with his father, Hampshire Chairman Jon Hanson.

Lakeland Bank operates 52 branches in eight New Jersey counties and one branch in New York state, as well as six commercial lending centers in New Jersey and one in New York, as well as a loan production office in Central Jersey.

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