We are thrilled to welcome Mr. Patrick J. Ward to our Board of Directors.
Patrick Ward joined WSFS Bank in August 2016 as Executive Vice President, Pennsylvania Market President. Mr. Ward served on the Board of Directors of WSFS Financial Corporation until April 23, 2020. Previously, he was Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Penn Liberty Bank from 2004 to 2016.
He served as Executive Vice President of Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania from January 2003 until January 2004, he oversaw specialized industries, including the Government Banking, Professionals Banking and Not-For-Profit Businesses in the Mid-Atlantic region. Additionally, he was Chairman and President of Citizens Bank in Delaware and a member of the Citizens Financial Group Executive Policy Committee.
Prior to Citizens Bank, he served as President and Chief Executive Officer for Commonwealth Bank until its acquisition by Citizens Bank in January 2003. Under his leadership, Commonwealth Bank grew to $1.8 billion in assets including 61 branches throughout eastern Pennsylvania.
Preceding his time with Commonwealth Bank, Mr. Ward held a variety of positions at Mellon Bank in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, including Vice President and Controller of Mellon Bank’s Wholesale Banking Group and Vice President and Controller of its Retail Banking Group.
Mr. Ward is active in the community, serving on the Board of Directors of the Philadelphia Police Athletic League as Vice Chairman, the Chester County Chamber of Business and Industry, the Foundation for Catholic Education for Southeast PA, the Brian C. Zwaan Legacy Fund, the Philadelphia Police Foundation, and the Chester County Food Bank. He is on the Board of Trustees for Cabrini College and the St. Patrick’s Church Finance Committee.
He is also currently an Operating Advisor for Falcon Capital Partners, a local investment bank providing sell side and strategic advisory services to middle market companies.
Mr. Ward is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University with a Bachelor of Science degree in economics and earned an MBA from the University of Notre Dame. He resides in Chester County.