ConnectOne Bancorp adds banking and financial services veteran to board

Englewood Cliffs-based ConnectOne Bank on Tuesday said Susan O’Donnell, a seasoned financial services consultant, has been named to its board of directors to deepen its bench of industry leaders from the financial services and banking industries.

“Susan brings a strategic mindset to our board, having advised banks and financial institutions over a 30-year career,” Frank Sorrentino, chairman and CEO of ConnectOne, said. “Her proven track record and leadership skills are a perfect match for us as we encounter the need to make tough strategic decisions to drive ConnectOne’s continued sustainable growth. We are proud to have Susan’s expertise, and look forward to working with her.”

O’Donnell has significant experience in executive and board compensation and governance, with a specialty in financial institutions. Throughout her career, she has advised and educated bank boards and management teams on strategic compensation, corporate structure, shareholder alignment/engagement and the importance of long-term vision as the banking landscape continues to evolve.

“ConnectOne is an industry leader and a growth-oriented financial institution that is always looking to the future, by focusing on people and technology in innovative ways that best serve their clients,” O’Donnell said. “I look forward to joining this esteemed board of directors and leadership team and contributing to ConnectOne’s future success.”

O’Donnell has previously held leadership roles at Meridian Compensation Partners and Pearl Meyer & Partners, where she advised boards and senior management on board compensation, governance, long-term incentive plan design, risk and performance assessment, shareholder engagement and succession planning. She is also a board member of Belknap House, a community nonprofit that provides shelter and resources for homeless families.