Previous Nationwide CFO positioned on go away after arrest on molestation expenses

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Previous Nationwide Bancorp positioned Chief Monetary Officer Brendon Falconer on administrative go away after he was arrested on baby molestation expenses.

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Previous Nationwide Bancorp positioned its chief monetary officer on administrative go away Monday after he was arrested final week on baby molestation expenses.

Brendon Falconer, who has served as CFO of the Evansville, Indiana-based financial institution since 2019, was charged final Tuesday on two felonies of kid molesting and baby molesting with a toddler underneath 14, Indiana court docket information present.

Previous Nationwide disclosed in a securities submitting Monday that Falconer was positioned on go away “after the corporate turned conscious of a scenario involving Mr. Falconer regarding a private matter unrelated to the corporate.”

The corporate additionally disclosed that it has tapped chief technique officer John Moran as interim CFO. 

The Warrick County Sheriff’s workplace in Indiana confirmed that Falconer, a 48-year-old resident of Newburgh, Indiana, was arrested.

Falconer’s preliminary court docket listening to is scheduled for April 29. His legal professional, Heather Burton, didn’t reply to a voicemail looking for remark Monday.

In 2022, Falconer obtained complete compensation of $2.7 million, which included inventory awards that have not but totally vested, in response to the financial institution’s 2023 proxy assertion. Previous Nationwide is not obligated to pay any quantities over vested advantages if it fires an government officer for causes together with “willful engagement in unlawful conduct” and “conviction for crimes involving acts of ethical turpitude, fraud or dishonesty,” the financial institution mentioned in final yr’s proxy assertion.

Moran, the newly named interim CFO, has served as Previous Nationwide’s chief technique officer since 2021. From 2017 to 2019, he held different management roles at Previous Nationwide. 

Between 2019 to 2021, Moran was the CFO of NBT Bancorp, a $13.3-billion establishment in Norwich, New York. Previous Nationwide wrote in its Monday submitting that Moran will probably be compensated per his present employment settlement.

Scott Siefers, an analyst at Piper Sandler, wrote Monday in a observe to shoppers that whereas there could also be some “near-term dislocation” in Previous Nationwide’s inventory worth resulting from “undesirable noise,” the arrest did not influence his view on the corporate’s prospects. Shares in Previous Nationwide closed down 4.4% on Monday.

“As for the shock announcement concerning Mr. Falconer being positioned on go away, we stress that this can be a private scenario that doesn’t contain the corporate,” Siefers wrote. “In different phrases, we aren’t conscious of something that may influence [Old National Bank’s] fundamentals or outlook.”

Siefers was bullish on Moran’s functionality to tackle the extra function. Moran will preserve his prior duties, which embody overseeing investor relations and company growth, in response to the financial institution’s submitting.

Previous Nationwide Financial institution declined to remark past its securities submitting.

Other than the announcement of its interim CFO, Previous Nationwide mentioned in a press launch Monday that it has closed its $334.4 million acquisition of Nashville, Tennessee-based CapStar Monetary Holdings. The all-stock deal, introduced in October, marked the fifth-largest financial institution deal by worth inked in 2023. Previous Nationwide mentioned that it expects the conversion to happen within the third quarter.

The CapStar acquisition pushes Previous Nationwide to about $52 billion of property and accelerates its progress in Tennessee, the place it started increasing in 2022. Previous Nationwide Chairman and CEO Jim Ryan mentioned in a ready assertion that the financial institution is happy to welcome CapStar shoppers and workers “to the Previous Nationwide household.”

“This partnership is an unbelievable cultural match and a pure extension of our progress technique that permits us to introduce our client- and community-centered strategy to banking to a number of robust, vibrant Southeastern communities,” Ryan mentioned within the ready assertion.

In January, Ryan mentioned on the corporate’s fourth-quarter earnings name that the financial institution remained on “offense” by investing in client-facing and key help expertise and is prepared for potential acquisitions. He added that Previous Nationwide’s measurement was in “a candy spot,” as scale provided a aggressive edge, however the financial institution was nonetheless sufficiently small to remain nimble.

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