Photo Release -- Robert A. Vandenbergh Appointed President and Chief Operating Officer of Lakeland Bank

Robert A. Vandenbergh

OAK RIDGE, N.J., Jan. 31, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Thomas J. Shara, President and CEO of Lakeland Bancorp, Inc. (Nasdaq:LBAI), announced that the Board of Directors of Lakeland Bank has appointed Robert A. Vandenbergh to the position of President and Chief Operating Officer of Lakeland Bank.

Robert A. Vandenbergh, President & COO Lakeland Bank

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"It is with great pleasure that I announce the appointment of Bob Vandenbergh as President and Chief Operating Officer," stated Shara. "Bob's extensive banking background and past contributions to Lakeland Bank, including his leadership in the integration of other banks throughout his tenure with Lakeland Bank, bring great strength to this position."

Mary Ann Deacon, Chairman of the Board, commented, "Bob deserves this recognition and promotion. His breadth of knowledge, commitment to our Company and integrity are second to none. I wish him continued success in his career at Lakeland Bank."

Vandenbergh began his banking career with Midlantic Bank/North and joined Lakeland Bank in 1998 through the merger with the National Bank of Sussex County where he was that bank's President. He has served as Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Lakeland Bancorp and Lakeland Bank since 2008. Vandenbergh is an active supporter of many of the non-profits in the communities served by the Bank and currently serves on the Board of the Karen Ann Quinlan Charitable Foundation.

About Lakeland Bank

Lakeland Bancorp, the holding company for Lakeland Bank, has an asset base of approximately $2.9 billion and 46 offices spanning six northern New Jersey counties: Bergen, Essex, Morris, Passaic, Sussex and Warren. Lakeland Bank offers an extensive array of consumer and commercial products and services, including online banking, localized commercial lending teams, and 24-hour or less turnaround time on consumer loan applications. For more information about the bank's full line of products and services, visit their website at

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CONTACT: Media Contacts: Mary Appelmann, SGW, 973-263-5182, Megan O'Haus, SGW, 973-263-5197, Nancy Sergeant, SGW, 973-263-5471, c: 973-568-0001, Maureen Martin, Director of Marketing, 973-697-2000, mmartin@lakelandbank.comSource:Lakeland Bancorp, Inc.