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William J. Ryan is retired as Chairman of the Board of TD Bank, N.A.
Prior to joining the Bank in 1989, Mr. Ryan served as President of the Bank of New England North in Lowell, Massachusetts, and as Executive Vice President of Community Banking for the Bank of New England in Boston. Earlier in his career, he was President of BNE Baystate, a commercial bank subsidiary of the Bank of New England, and a Vice President of the Bank of New England. Mr. Ryan began his banking career with Essexbank in Peabody, Massachusetts, where he held numerous senior management positions of increasing responsibility.
Previously Mr. Ryan served as a Board Member of TD Bank Financial Group, Group Head, U.S. Personal and Commercial Banking, Vice Chair of TD Bank Financial Group, and President and Chief Executive Officer of TD Banknorth, Inc. During this period, Ryan oversaw the growth of the bank from a small 2 Billion dollar regional bank to a large 45 Billion dollar U.S. franchise, as a result of 29 bank acquisitions. In 2005, the bank was recognized by Forbes magazine as the best managed bank in America.
He is a Director of Anthem, Inc., Lead Director and former Chairman of the Board of Unum, Chairman of the Board of Berkshire Hills Bancorp, serves as a Trustee of the Libra Foundation and a Trustee of the U.S. Biathlon Foundation. He is also on the Board of Advisors at the University of New England, Emeriti Trustee of Colby College, and participates in various other civic and professional activities.
Mr. Ryan is a graduate of St. Francis College in New York and the Stonier Graduate School of Banking at Rutgers University.
Mr. Ryan and his wife, Peg, have four children and make their homes in Marco Island, Florida, and Falmouth, Maine.