John R. Ciulla is President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Webster Bank and Webster Financial Corporation (NYSE: WBS), a leading commercial bank with more than $60 billion in assets.
John joined Webster in 2004 as senior vice president for Middle Market Banking and has held several executive management positions with increasing responsibility, including Chief Credit Risk Officer from 2008 to 2010. John became CEO of Webster in 2018 and was elected Chairman in January 2020, and served as Chairman, President & CEO of Webster until its merger with Sterling National Bancorp.
Prior to joining Webster, John was with The Bank of New York, most recently as managing director. He practiced law in New York as an associate with McDermott Will & Emery and Hughes Hubbard & Reed.
John serves on the Mid-Size Bank Coalition of America’s (MBCA) Executive Committee, and most recently served on the Federal Reserve System’s Federal Advisory Council as a representative for Boston-First District. John also serves on the board of the Connecticut Business and Industry Association (CBIA).
John earned a bachelor's degree in political science and history from Williams College, an MBA from the Columbia Business School, and a law degree from Fordham University School of Law.