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Provident Names Two Board Members

Both held executive positions at other New Jersey banks.Jersey City-based Provident Financial Services has named Thomas W. Berry and Christopher Martin to its board of directors. Berry retired as a partner at Goldman Sachs in 1998 and was a founding director of Morristown-based Red Oak Bank before it was acquired by Union-based Union Center National Bank in May of 2005.

Martin will stay on as president of Provident, a post he’s held since July of 2000. He previously served as president and CEO of Woodbridge-based First Sentinel Bancorp, which was acquired by Provident in July of 2004.

Provident Financial Services, a holding company for The Provident Bank, reported assets of $6.2 billion as of September 30, 2005. The bank, based in Jersey City, has 76 branches in northern and central New Jersey.

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