January 8, 2018

B of A names Gianni Hartford region chief

PHOTO | Contributed
PHOTO | Contributed
Joe Gianni

Joe Gianni, a veteran Connecticut banker who began his career with a downtown Hartford lender, is the new Hartford market president for Bank of America.

Gianni, 57, of West Hartford, on Jan. 1 succeeded Kevin Cunningham, who after a decade as market president, was named B of A's global commercial bank credit executive for specialized industries and Canada.

Charlotte, N.C.-based B of A is the nation's No. 2 bank by assets, and is Connecticut's No. 1 bank by total deposits.

CEO Brian Moynihan said that, as Hartford market president, Gianni leads its banking and investment teams, as well as oversees the bank's community engagement. B of A counts 43 branches and 77 ATM location in its Hartford region.

Gianni also sits on the bank's government-relations team, which will put him in contact with local, state and federal lawmakers on public-policy matters.

Gianni previously was the bank's Northeast region executive, overseeing local-market activity throughout the region. His office is in CityPlace I in downtown Hartford.

"I'm just thrilled to be in this role,'' Gianni told the Hartford Business Journal in an interview, "and to represent Bank of America out in the community … to continue all the good work we've done in the past.''

The married father of twin daughters and a marathoner, Gianni started in banking in Hartford in 1989, when he joined what was then Connecticut Bank & Trust after graduating from Providence College, with a degree in political science and humanities.

Inside the bank, Gianni is the executive sponsor of the local Domestic Violence Task Force, raising awareness and educating his bank colleagues about the issue.

In the community, he sits on the boards of Foodshare Inc., the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts, the MetroHartford Alliance, and Kingswood-Oxford School, where he is an alum.

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