Last Word

A Conversation With Ira Robbins Ira Robbins was just 43 years old when he succeeded longtime CEO of Valley National Bancorp Gerald Lipkin. Wayne, New Jersey-based Valley National has since grown from being $20 billion in assets to $56 billion but getting there wasn’t easy. Robbins spoke to Editor-at-Large Jack Milligan recently for The Slant podcast about loneliness at the top and what your staff wants from you. This portion of that interview has been edited for clarity and brevity. What were some of the challenges you faced when you became CEO? We were a $20 billion community bank that…

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Jack Milligan


Jack Milligan is editor-at-large of Bank Director magazine, a position to which he brings over 40 years of experience in financial journalism organizations. Mr. Milligan directs Bank Director’s editorial coverage and leads its director training efforts. He has a master’s degree in Journalism from The Ohio State University.

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