Rob Cozzone was appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer in 2019 for Rockland Trust and its parent bank holding company, Independent Bank Corp. He leads the Bank’s Consumer and Business Banking services, which includes retail, customer information center, residential mortgage, consumer lending, credit card, and business banking sales. He previously served as the Chief Financial Officer of Rockland Trust and Independent Bank Corp. from 2013 to 2019. Along with serving as CFO, Rob assumed the position of Executive Vice President of Consumer and Business Banking in 2017. He continues to provide oversight of the Finance Division of the Bank today.
From 2013 to 2015, concurrent with his Chief Financial Officer role, Rob was also Treasurer of Independent Bank Corp. Prior to serving as the Company’s CFO, he was Treasurer of both Independent Bank Corp. and Rockland Trust from April 2008 to September 2013. He became Senior Vice President and Treasurer of Rockland Trust in 2002. Rob joined Rockland Trust in October 1998 as a banking officer. Before joining the Company, he held various financial positions at BankBoston.
Rob is a member of the Massachusetts Business Roundtable Board of Directors, the Thompson Island Outward Bound Education Center Advisory Board, the Bridgewater State University Ricciardi College of Business Advisory Board, and the Plimoth Patuxet Finance Committee. He is a graduate of Bridgewater State University and received a Master of Science from Boston College. He lives in Plymouth, Massachusetts with his wife and children and is also a part-time resident of Edgartown on Martha’s Vineyard.
Mark Ruggiero was appointed Chief Financial Officer in 2019 for Rockland Trust and its holding company, Independent Bank Corp. With 20 years of experience in financial services, Mark was previously the Bank’s Principal Accounting Officer and Controller. Prior to joining Rockland Trust, he was a manager at Vitale, Caturano & Co. and a Certified Public Accountant.
Mark is a member of the Massachusetts Society of CPAs, the American Institute of CPAs and the American Bankers Association Accounting Advisory Committee. He is also a trustee of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. Mark holds a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy from Bentley University.
Ed Seksay is the Executive Vice President, General Counsel of Rockland Trust Company and its parent bank holding company Independent Bank Corp. Ed oversees the Company’s legal department and manages Rockland Trust’s affiliated charitable foundations. Ed previously served as Chief Risk Officer and helped build the organization’s strong Enterprise Risk Management department and infrastructure. Prior to joining Rockland Trust, Ed was with the Boston law firm of Heller, Levin & Seksay, P.C. from 1991 to 2000 and with the Boston law firm Choate, Hall & Stewart from 1984 to 1991. Ed is a Trustee of the Boston Bar Foundation and was the Founding Chairman of the American Bankers Association Regional Banks General Counsels Group. Ed graduated from Suffolk University Law School, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review, and the College of the Holy Cross.
David Smith is Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer and has been with Rockland Trust since 2003. David oversees and manages the Investment Management Group. In this capacity, he is involved in performing research and setting investment policy, as well as managing client portfolios. During his tenure at Rockland Trust, Mr. Smith has overseen the growth of the Bank’s Investment Management Group to one of the largest independent investment advisors in Massachusetts with over $5 billion in assets.
David has worked in the financial services industry since 1990. Prior to joining Rockland Trust, David was a founding partner, Senior Vice President and Senior Portfolio Manager at Mellon Growth Advisors (MGA), a subsidiary of Mellon Financial Corporation. He also held positions at State Street Global Advisors (SSGA) and the Tuckerman Group in real estate securities, a real estate subsidiary of SSGA. David holds a BA in Economics from the University of Massachusetts/Amherst and a MS in Finance from the Sawyer School of Management at Suffolk University. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), and a member of the CFA Institute and the Boston Security Analysts Society.
David serves on the Advisory Board for the Finance Programs at the Sawyer School of Management at Suffolk University, the South Shore Chamber Investment Committee, and the Finance Committee of the Archdiocese of Fall River. He resides in Falmouth with his family.
Alastair Ironside serves as the Chief Marketing Officer for Rockland Trust. Alastair is responsible for continuing to build a strong and distinct brand for the company while developing marketing strategies to earn new customer relationships and strengthen existing customer relationships. Prior to joining Rockland Trust, Alastair co-led the global internal strategy consulting group at Liberty Mutual Insurance, focusing on corporate strategy and research. In addition to this, he has over 25 years of experience in the banking industry previously working at Bank of America, Citizens Financial Group, FleetBoston Financial, Signet Banking Corporation and Barclays Bank. Alastair received his B.A. in Law and Modern Languages from Trinity Hall, University of Cambridge in England. He is a board member of Rockland Trust’s affiliated charitable foundations.
Dawn Mugford is the Chief Risk Officer of Rockland Trust Company and its parent bank holding company Independent Bank Corp. Dawn is responsible for the enterprise-wide monitoring, controls, measurement, and reporting of all major risk types as well as expanding on the Bank’s existing Enterprise Risk Management infrastructure to help the organization continue to maintain colleague, customer, community, and shareholder confidence. Before joining Rockland Trust, Dawn was the Senior Vice President and Director of Operational Risk Management, Corporate Security, and Investigations at Eastern Bank for nearly four years. Prior to that, she worked at UNUM Insurance as the Director of Policies, Procedures and Quality Review. Previously, Dawn also served as SVP and Director of Credit Risk Management for TD Bank after working with TD Bank’s parent company, TD Bank Group, in Canada for over 18 years in the areas of risk, audit, credit, portfolio review, and finance as well as assisting with the due diligence of US acquisitions. Dawn earned her Bachelor of Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University in Canada. Over the years, Dawn has volunteered with a number of organizations including the United Way, Junior Achievement, and the Maine Cancer Society.