Darien Rowayton Bank is centered on customer experience. The management team, loan officers, investment specialists, and tellers are experts utilized to ensure the focus is you. Our team works diligently within their communities, so they can understand and handle your most challenging issues.
Robert K. Kettenmann
President & Chief Operating Officer
Robert K. Kettenmann is President and Chief Operating Officer of the Bank. He has extensive commercial and retail banking experience. His banking career of more than 40 years includes 25 years at the Chase Manhattan Bank in a variety of executive positions, including President of Chase’s banking subsidiary in Spain. Mr. Kettenmann later was employed by the Dime Savings Bank of New York where he held a series of senior management positions, including Executive Vice President and General Manager of the consumer lending division. Under Mr. Kettenmann’s leadership, Dime built a national consumer lending business. He holds a Bachelors of Science degree in economics from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Kettenmann serves on the Executive committee of the Connecticut Bankers Association.
EVP Community Banking and Commercial Lending
Serving as Laurel Road and Darien Rowayton Bank’s Executive Vice President of Community and Commercial Lending, Scott uses his 25 years of experience in financial services to drive our commercial business, to increase deposits, and to create and implement online lending platforms. Previously, Scott drove commercial business as EVP of Commercial Banking at People’s United Bank and optimized management and business line planning as Hudson Valley Bank’s Chief Banking Officer. An original owner of BankUnited, he was also part of the leadership team that converted the institution into a commercial bank. Scott earned his BSBA and his MBA from the University of Denver’s Daniels College of Business.
Robert W. Herrmann
Executive Vice President & Chief Lending Officer
Rob Herrmann is Executive Vice President and Chief Lending Officer of the Bank, a position he has held since November 2010. Mr. Herrmann has 25 years of credit and lending experience and has held related positions with People’s United Bank, Citibank, Pitney Bowes Credit Corporation and First Fidelity Bancorporation . Mr. Herrmann holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Connecticut and received formal credit training from First Fidelity Bancorporation.
Syd A. Ally
Executive Vice President & Head of Consumer Lending
Syd A. Ally is Executive Vice-President and Head of Consumer Lending of the Bank. Prior to this role, Mr. Ally was the interim Chief Financial Officer of the Bank. He has over 30 years of banking experience which includes: President & CEO, Quantum Auto Group; SVP/GM, Consumer Lending, Washington Mutual and SVP/Strategic Planning & Finance Director, Consumer Lending, The Dime Savings Bank of New York. Mr. Ally earned an MBA from St. John’s University.
Darien Rowayton Bank’s leadership team has worked for decades in private and commercial banking. It is this experience that has led to the development of insightful products, service standards and customer relationships that are the core of our business.
Chairman of the Board
Gary Lieberman is Chairman of the Board of Darien Rowayton Bank. He has over 35 years of experience building and restructuring businesses in the financial industry. In addition to his role at DRB, Mr. Lieberman is the founding member and CEO of West Side Advisors, LLC, an SEC registered investment advisor established in 1997. He serves on the Board of Trustees for the Riverdale Country School and the Board of Directors for the non-profit organizations, Urban Dove, the Leif Nissen Foundation and the Evans Team Foundation. Mr. Lieberman received a B.A. from Emory University and an M.B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.
Ms. Carlton is President and Founder of Springboard – Partners in Cross Cultural Leadership, LLC, an organizational consulting firm which assesses organizations for inclusive culture, conducts research on diversity and inclusion and develops training in the corporate and nonprofit sectors. Founded in 2003, Springboard’s clients and Ms. Carlton’s speaking engagements include American Express, JPMorgan Chase, PepsiCo, 3M, MetLife and Essence Women’s Empowerment Experience, among others. Prior to Springboard, Ms. Carlton had an impressive 22 year career as an investment banker, holding senior positions at JPMorgan Chase and Morgan Stanley. Ms. Carlton serves on multiple boards including the Columbia Threadneedle Mutual Funds Board of Ameriprise, where she chairs the Audit Committee, and the New York Presbyterian Hospital Board of Trustees where she is a member of the Executive Committee and chairs the Human Resources Committee. Ms. Carlton earned a B.A. from Williams College and was elected President of Phi Beta Kappa Society. She earned a J.D. from Yale Law School and an M.B.A. from Yale School of Management.
Ms. Connor is the owner and founder of Equity Capital Real Estate, the top Mortgage Default Asset Sales firm in Northern California, and one of the top residential real estate brokerage companies in the San Francisco Bay Area. Ms. Connor is co- founder, co- owner of La Maison Properties Inc., a private mortgage fund specializing in short term investor real estate financing in Northern California. Ms. Connor is a member and frequent conference speaker and panelist for REOMAC, the nation’s Mortgage-Default/Servicing Industry trade association. Ms. Connor serves on the REO Advisory Board for First American Corporation, a Santa Ana, California based diversified real estate and financial information services firm. A native of Oakland, California, Ms. Connor earned her Bachelor degree from University of California at Berkeley.
Gary S. Gladstein
Mr. Gladstein is currently an independent investor and consultant. He was a Partner, Managing Director, and Chief Operating Officer at Soros Fund Management from 1985 until his retirement in 2000. Mr. Gladstein serves on several corporate boards, including Mueller Industries, where he is a non-executive chairman of the board, and serves as a director of various independent boards of hedge funds. Mr. Gladstein has served on other private and public company boards over his career. He is also a director of the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation and the Abraham Fund Initiatives and various other not-for-profit boards. He was also a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Connecticut. Mr. Gladstein graduated from the University of Connecticut in 1966 and earned a Masters in Business Administration from Columbia University in 1968. He received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Connecticut in 2008.
Rodgers L. Harper
Mr. Harper has many years of diverse senior level business experience in management consulting, general management and finance. He currently works with The Harper Company, a management consulting firm, specializing in strategy, organization, marketing and productivity improvement. Previously, Mr. Harper was a partner of First Manhattan Consulting Group, a financial services industry consultancy that counseled major financial institutions in the US and abroad. He is a director of the China Care Foundation and of the Harvard Business School Club of Connecticut Community Partners where he provides pro-bono consulting, and supports its management workshops and scholarships for leaders of not for profits in Connecticut. Mr. Harper has an undergraduate degree from John Carroll University and an MBA from Harvard.
Mr. High is a Partner at Patriot Financial Partners, a private equity firm focused on investing in community banks, thrift and financial services related companies. Mr. High has more than 40 years of banking and investment experience including Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer roles at Harleysville National Corporation and Progress Financial Corporation. Prior to these roles, Mr. High held executive positions at CoreStates Financial Corp. and Meritor Savings Bank. Mr. High serves on several boards including First Mariner Bank, Coastalstates Bank and is a member of the Penn State Grate Valley Advisory Board. Mr. High is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in the State of Pennsylvania (currently inactive), and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the Smeal College of Business Administration at The Pennsylvania State University, University Park.
Mr. Laikind is retired and a former Co-Founder and Managing Director of Prudential Securities Asset Management. Mr. Laikind currently serves on the boards of Hapoalim Securities where he is chairman of the Audit Committee, and American Progressive Insurance Company, where he chairs both the audit and compensation committees. Mr. Laikind has extensive community relationships that include: President of Choate Rosemary Hall Alumni Association and Trustee of Choate Rosemary Hall; Chairman of the Board of “StreetSquash”, an urban enrichment program serving high school students in Harlem; Team Captain and General Chairman of Maccabi, USA,; and Chairman of the Executive Committee of the New York City Opera. Mr. Laikind received a B.A. from Cornell University and attended New York University’s Graduate School of Business.
Mr. Madigan is Principal and Founder of Sound Financial Management, LLC, an investment management firm in Rowayton offering comprehensive financial planning and tax services. He was previously Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President and a member of the board of Dorr-Oliver Inc., an engineering services and equipment company with nine foreign subsidiaries. Mr. Madigan was also Principal and Founder of Restoration Properties, LLC, a real estate development company specializing in the purchase and remodeling of historic Victorian homes in Fairfield County and Washington, DC. He is a resident of Rowayton.
Mr. Mayer is a Senior Managing Director at Cerberus Capital Management, one of the world’s largest private investment firms. Mr. Mayer has held several senior positons in financial services including Executive Chairman of FirstKey Holdings, LLC, where he oversaw the entity’s activities in residential and commercial mortgage origination, residential loan transaction management and residential property management. Prior to these roles, Mr. Mayer was at Deutsche Bank AG, where he ran the Corporate Finance and Markets divisions in the US and Canada and at UBS Investment Bank, where he led the sales and trading of all Fixed Income products. Mr. Mayer also had a 19-year career at Bear, Stearns & Co. Inc., where he played a significant role in the growth and expansion of the firm’s Global Fixed Income Franchise. Mr. Mayer serves on the Board of Directors at City Meals on Wheels and is a Founding Board Member and Chairman of Harlem Village Academies. Mr. Mayer received his BA in Business and Economics from the State University of New York College at Oneonta.