NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Leumi has announced several changes to key positions within the National Real Estate Banking Team. Christopher Gregg, currently Group Head for New York Real Estate, will be promoted to National Head of Real Estate. The bank has hired Roger Rofé as Group Head for the New York Real Estate team, taking over the role vacated by Gregg. In this position, Rofé will be responsible for overseeing business development and credit quality for Leumi’s New York Real Estate business. Joseph A. Sciarillo, National Head of Real Estate, will be retiring in June. He has been with Leumi for over 25 years in various management roles.
“Chris joined Leumi in 2008 and has been responsible for managing our New York Commercial Real Estate team and loan portfolio. He is a key force in driving our portfolio’s growth and strong performance. It is especially rewarding when we are able to promote from within our talented team, and Chris has earned this opportunity,” said Shawn McGowen, Head of Commercial Banking.
“Real estate is a key area of focus at Leumi, and we are thrilled to have Roger Rofé on board as we continue to strengthen our position as a leader in this industry,” added Christopher Gregg. “Roger’s expertise in real estate, together with his track record of cultivating new business opportunities, will be a great asset to our Commercial Banking Real Estate team. We look forward to expanding in this competitive industry under Roger’s leadership and continuing to provide the high level of boutique service we offer our clients.”
Rofé brings more than 25 years of experience on both the lending and special credits sides of the business. He joins Leumi from JPMorgan Chase, where he was an Executive Director for Real Estate Banking. He was responsible for expanding existing client relationships and developing new relationships within the New York and Washington, D.C. markets.
Rofé graduated from the State University of New York at Buffalo with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business and holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from New York University.
Joseph A. Sciarillo has announced that he will retire in June. “Joe has been the leader of our commercial real estate banking business and his leadership has been the primary reason our portfolio has successfully grown throughout the U.S. His experience and counsel have been invaluable,” added McGowen.
Leumi’s Commercial Banking division specializes in serving select industries, products and asset types in the U.S. middle market, including healthcare, media & entertainment, high tech, apparel and real estate. Its bankers focus on market areas with the most growth potential and work closely with a diverse roster of clients in each sector to develop custom solutions that best support their business needs.
Bank Leumi USA (Leumi) is a full-service commercial and private banking institution providing financial services to middle market firms, as well as a full range of private banking solutions to domestic and international clients. Leumi also offers a broad range of securities and insurance products through its brokerage subsidiary, Leumi Investment Services Inc. More information about Leumi is available at www.leumiusa.com.