James J. Mr. Lynch

Mr. Lynch has more than 39 years of banking experience. Prior to Patriot,  Mr. Lynch served as Vice Chairman of Sovereign Bancorp 2005 – 2007, and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Sovereign Bank – Mid Atlantic Division from 2002 – 2007. From 2001 – 2002, Mr. Lynch served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Fleet Bank in Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey. From 1999 – 2001, Mr. Lynch was the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at Summit Bank in Pennsylvania, and Senior Executive Vice President at Summit Bancorp. Prior to that, he was Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Prime Bank; President and Vice Chairman of Continental Bancorp, and Executive Vice President of Midlantic Bank (formerly Continental Bank). A graduate of LaSalle University in Philadelphia, Mr. Lynch is a longtime member, and immediate past Chairman of the University’s Board of Trustees. In 2004, Mr. Lynch received LaSalle’s prestigious John J. Finley, ’24 Alumni Award for his outstanding dedication to the University. In 1999, LaSalle University presented Mr. Lynch with its Leadership Award, which is given annually to an individual who has displayed outstanding leadership in corporate, civic, government or religious fields. He has also been inducted into the Father Judge High School and the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Catholic Youth Organization Hall of Fame. Mr. Lynch is active in several professional and civic organizations. Mr. Lynch is a board member and trustee of the Holy Redeemer Health System, and also a board member of the Police Athletic League in Philadelphia. He is an immediate past chairman of the Central Philadelphia Development Corporation and an active member of the corporate campaign for the United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania. Mr. Lynch is also a board member for the Special Olympics – Pennsylvania, as well as The Reinvestment Fund (TRF). He is a founding board member of LaSalle Academy, a private inner city elementary school serving economically disadvantaged children in Philadelphia.