Iselin-based Provident Bank on Thursday said it promoted two high-performing team members to senior vice president.
Vanessa Easse has been elevated from her role as vice president and serves in the role of director of retail operations. Easse is responsible for leading and directing all aspects of retail banking operations and determining the operational plans and projects that best support the retail bank’s growth and business strategy. In addition, she oversees the development and implementation of policies and procedures in support of objectives established by executive management to ensure compliance, efficiency and a best-in-class customer experience.
Easse has more than 20 years’ experience in retail banking management. Prior to joining Provident in 2020, she was vice president and director of branch operations with SB One Bank. She also held the position of regional operations officer with Commerce Bank, now TD Bank.
The bank also announced that Robert Tharp has been promoted; he was formerly a first vice president and holds the position of director of retail sales and service. Tharp is responsible for leading the development and execution of the overall retail sales and services strategy and business development plans for the Retail Bank. In addition, he oversees retail administration and Provident Investment Services.
Tharp has more than 35 years’ experience in retail banking and sales management. Prior to joining Provident in 2021, he served as a senior manager of the TD Bank Partnership at TD Ameritrade. In addition, he has held senior leadership positions with TD Bank, TD Banknorth and as director of retail sales with Hudson United Bank.
“Vanessa and Robert were promoted because of their outstanding results and contributions to transforming the bank into a high-performing company, while maintaining a strong focus on our guiding principles,” Vito Giannola, executive vice president, chief banking officer, said. “Vanessa and Robert understand our business strategy and support our efforts to grow and deliver a best-in-class customer experience.”