Peapack-Gladstone appoints new SVP, general counsel and corporate secretary

Peapack-Gladstone Financial Corp. on Tuesday said it appointed Heidi Smith as senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary at Peapack-Gladstone Bank.

Working out of the bank’s headquarters in Bedminster, Smith is responsible for overseeing all legal affairs of the company in addition to providing advice to the bank’s executive team on all matters of law and policy.

An accomplished corporate attorney, Smith previously served as assistant general counsel at the bank, focusing primarily on providing legal support to Peapack Capital, the bank’s equipment finance subsidiary. She worked with the sales, operations and credit functions in developing and implementing necessary legal policies and was also responsible for the drafting and reviewing of legal documentation for various types of equipment financing, commercial lending and community bank transactions.

Previously, Smith held legal positions at Santander Bank and ADP, where she provided legal support for ADP’s corporate marketing and time and labor management divisions, and as chief counsel, vendor finance Americas, at CIT Group, where she developed and drafted global financing vendor program agreements and negotiated and structured complex domestic and international equipment finance, syndication and financing agreements.