Bob is Vice Chairman of Eastern Bank Corporation and President and Chief Operating Officer of Eastern Bank, the largest independent bank headquartered in Massachusetts, and the oldest and largest mutual bank in the United States, with $8.8 billion in assets and 117 offices, where he is directly responsible for all lines of business including Commercial, Institutional, and Retail Banking, Wealth Management, Marketing, and Eastern’s new innovation center, Eastern Labs; in addition, he is Chairman of Eastern Insurance Group, a wholly-owned agency subsidiary.
Bob began his 31-year banking career as a teller at Randolph Savings Bank in his hometown of Stoughton, followed by various roles of increasing responsibility at Old Stone Bank in Rhode Island, M&T Bank in New York, Pennsylvania, and Maryland, and Commercial Federal Bank in Nebraska.
Bob is involved extensively in the community, serving on the Board of Directors of The Dimock Center, The Lowell Plan, The Lawrence Partnership, The Massachusetts Business Roundtable, the South Shore Chamber of Commerce, and YWCA Boston. He also is a member of the Board of Trustees of the South Shore Hospital Foundation, and the Northern Essex Community College Foundation, the Board of Corporators of Lowell General Hospital, and is a member of the Environmental League of Massachusetts’ Corporate Council, ALPFA Boston’s Corporate Advisory Board, Massachusetts Immigration & Refugee Advocacy's New Americans Integration Institute Advisory Board and Community Teamwork, Inc.’s and Community Teamwork’s Secure Communities Advisory Board, in addition to providing support and guidance to numerous other non-profit organizations.
Named after the late Senator Robert F. Kennedy, Bob’s passion for advocating for social justice causes and sustainability issues is the result of a personal and professional journey that began early in his life. In addition to receiving Color Magazine’s All-Inclusive Award for Corporate Leadership in 2011, Bob has been recognized by The Boston Globe, The Partnership, The Boston Globe, Get Konnected!, the Massachusetts Immigration & Refugee Advocacy (MIRA), Asian American Civic Association (AACA), Association for Latino Professionals in Finance & Accounting (ALPFA), and El Planeta for his work in championing greater board diversity and for immigrant social justice.
Bob earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from Stonehill College and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Rochester. He, his wife Patricia and two children, Madison and Julian, live in Needham.