December 15, 2022
Cross River Hires Bernard Garrigues as Global Chief People Officer to Further Lead Company’s Next Stage of Growth
Seasoned fintech executive brings decades of experience to Cross River’s leadership team
FORT LEE, N.J. - Cross River Bank (“Cross River”), a technology infrastructure provider that offers embedded financial solutions, announced the recent hiring of Bernard Garrigues as Global Chief People Officer to further the Company’s purpose-driven and values-based culture and support continued global growth.
"Bernard is a leader with a diverse set of experiences which he will draw upon to manage the next phase of growth at Cross River and further help us across every function including tech, compliance, data and cyber as we capitalize on the opportunities ahead," said Gilles Gade, Founder, President and CEO of Cross River.
With over 30 years of experience leading human resources efforts for global companies, Garrigues will spearhead Cross River’s people function, overseeing all domestic and global human resources strategies and building upon the Company’s award-winning, inclusive culture. Garrigues will lean on his industry experience spanning financial services, banking, technology, and consumer with companies including GE, Timex, Webster Bank and most recently, Customers Bank.
“I am thrilled to be joining a fast-growing innovative organization at the crossroads of technology and banking,” said Bernard Garrigues. “I am very impressed by the team and the vibrant entrepreneurial culture of radical candor and customer centricity. Excited to be part of this transformation journey!”
As Global Chief People officer, Garrigues will serve as a thought partner to the CEO and executive team. He will develop and execute best in-class HR initiatives encompassing leadership, employee relations, talent acquisition, engagement, culture, compensation, organizational design and change and performance management.
Cross River’s employee-centric culture fosters the values of integrity, humility, responsibility, compassion, and creativity and has earned the Company recognition as a ‘Best Place to Work in Financial Technology’ for five consecutive years. [EH1] Cross River has a diverse global employee base in the U.S. and a strong team of engineers and developers in Israel, helping to further pursue and support new initiatives and opportunities with global impact.