Gerald H. Lipkin is chairman of Valley National Bank. Mr. Lipkin began working at Valley National Bank in 1975 as a senior vice president. He was elected a director in 1986, promoted to executive vice president in 1987 and elected chairman and chief executive officer in 1989. Prior to joining Valley National Bank, Mr. Lipkin worked for the United States Comptroller of the Currency, where he was appointed deputy regional administrator in 1970.
Mr. Lipkin is a former chairman of the New Jersey Bankers Association and was a board trustee at the Beth Israel Hospital in Passaic, New Jersey for 27 years, including serving as chairman of the Finance Committee for over 10 years. He also is a member of the Board of Directors of the Federal Home Loan Bank of New York. Mr. Lipkin is actively involved with Rutgers University as a member of the Board of Overseers, member of the Foundation Board, past chairman and member of the Business School Board of Advisors and a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council. He has also served as a guest lecturer in various classes. He has worked with and received numerous awards and recognition from organizations such as B’nai B’rith International, the Bergen-Passaic American Heart Association, the American Red Cross, the Sunrise House Foundation and the Urban League of Bergen County.
Mr. Lipkin received a bachelor’s degree in economics from Rutgers University in 1963 and his MBA in banking and finance at New York University in 1966. In 1972, he received a diploma from the Stonier Graduate School of Banking.