John R. Ciulla

John Ciulla

President and Chief Executive Officer of Webster Financial Corporation and Webster Bank

John Ciulla is president and chief executive officer (CEO) of Webster Financial Corporation (NYSE: WBS) and Webster Bank and is a member of both Boards of Directors. He joined Webster in 2004 as senior vice president for Middle Market Banking and has held several executive management positions with increasing responsibility, including as chief credit risk officer from 2008 to 2010. He was promoted to executive vice president and head of Middle Market Banking in 2011, to head of Commercial Banking in 2014, and to president in 2015. Ciulla became the third CEO in Webster’s 82-year history in January 2018.

Prior to joining Webster, Ciulla 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.

Ciulla serves on the Federal Reserve System’s Federal Advisory Council as a representative of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. He also serves on the board of the Connecticut Business and Industry Association (CBIA) and was a former chairman, and is a member of the board of the Business Council of Fairfield County.

Ciulla 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.