Northfield makes change in credit leadership

Northfield Bancorp Inc., holding company for Woodbridge-based Northfield Bank, announced a change at the top of its credit department and credit administration department, in line with a management succession plan.

Kenneth J. Doherty will give up his title of executive vice president, as part of his retirement plan announced in August, the bank said in a news release. He will retain the title of senior credit adviser, but will no longer oversee the credit underwriting or administration functions at the bank.

Tara L. French, EVP and chief administrative officer, will assume leadership and oversight of those two departments, the bank said. She joined Northfield in 2017.

“Tara’s extensive credit and regulatory background provides for a seamless transition as we continue to grow and diversify our commercial loan portfolio throughout the greater metropolitan region,” CEO and President Steven M. Klein said in a prepared statement. “We thank Ken for his more than 30 years of service and for his integral role in taking Northfield Bank from a mutual savings bank to the $4.4 billion publicly traded company that we are today.”