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United Financial Announces Retirement of 28-Year Veteran

In Massachusetts, ""United Financial Bancorp, Inc."":www.unitedfinancial.com/, is losing its long'time chief operating officer (COO) and executive vice president (EVP). The company recently announced that COO and EVP Keith E. Harvey will retire, effective December 31, after having served United Financial for 28 years.

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During his career with United Financial, Harvey led the expansion of the company's retail deposit and operations division, as well as growing the bank's franchise efforts from just eight branches to 22. Additionally, United Financial credits Harvey with helping advance the bank's technology and electronic banking platforms, and the company noted that

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during his tenure, he was responsible for oversight of United Financial's information systems and facilities departments, the wealth management group, and the enterprise risk management program.

United Financial's current chief lending officer (CLO) and EVP, J. Jeffrey Sullivan, will succeed Harvey as COO following his transition at the end of 2012. To fill Sullivan's previous role, United Financial has promoted Charles R. Valade as the bank's new CLO.

""Keith's decision to retire caps off a tremendously productive and successful 28-year career with United Bank,"" stated Richard B. Collins, United Financial's president and CEO.├âÔÇÜ├é┬á ""Keith has been extensively involved in many of the changes that have transformed United Bank over the years and he will be missed.├âÔÇÜ├é┬á We wish Keith and his family many happy and healthy years in retirement.

""Both Jeff Sullivan and Charlie Valade are current members of our senior management team and I am delighted that we can fill both the COO and CLO positions from within our own ranks,"" continued Collins.

""We are excited about the future of United Bank.├âÔÇÜ├é┬á Keith, Jeff and Charlie are already working closely with each other and I expect an effective and seamless transition in the months ahead,"" he concluded.

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