Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce

KeyBank hires new retail leaders for its CT/MA market

Karen Crane



NEW HAVEN, Conn. – May 31, 2018 – KeyBank today announced the addition of three new retail leaders, building the capabilities of its branch network team across Connecticut and Massachusetts. Joining KeyBank with the title of Vice President and Area Retail Leader are Mark Commune, who will lead the sales and service efforts of Key’s branch offices in the northern New Haven and Middlesex counties; Elissa Eddie, leading branch teams in the greater Hartford area, and Brandon Ojakian, leading teams in northern Connecticut and western Massachusetts.

“I am thrilled with the caliber of talent we’ve been able to attract to Key as we strengthen our retail leadership, and expand consumer and small business services to new customers across Connecticut and Massachusetts,” said Courtney Jinjika, Regional Sales Executive for KeyBank.  “Mark, Elissa and Brandon bring a wealth of consumer and business banking experience, and a collective passion for driving financial wellness that will benefit our customers and branch employees alike.”

Mark Commune, KeyBank Vice President and Area Retail Leader, northern New Haven and Middlesex counties

Mark Commune has more than 20 years of professional experience in banking and finance from a variety of management, customer facing, and sales and service positions.  Most recently, Mark served as regional coach at Santander Bank, developing branch teams and district management in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.  Prior to that, he led retail branch teams in Central and Eastern Connecticut for Citizens Bank.  In his new role with Key, Mark leads branch teams serving Cheshire, Wallingford, Yalesville, North Branford, Branford, Guilford, Madison, Clinton, Westbrook, Old Saybrook, Centerbrook, and Chester customers.  He also leads the Key@work team who provides financial wellness benefits to employers across Connecticut and Massachusetts.  Mark holds a BS in Corporate Communications from Southern Connecticut State University, and he and his family live in Cheshire, where he is involved with coaching and managing youth sports.

Elissa Eddie, KeyBank Vice President and Area Retail Leader, greater Hartford area

Elissa Eddie recently transferred from Key’s Washington state market to Hartford to lead the branch teams in Hartford, East Hartford, West Hartford, Avon, Glastonbury, Plainville, Manchester, Rocky Hill, and Wethersfield.  She has been with KeyBank for 11 years, most recently serving as area retail leader in the Washington state region.  Prior to joining KeyBank, Elissa held retail sales and sales management positions in the fine jewelry industry.  She graduated from the University of Washington Pacific Coast Banking School in 2011, and served as vice chair for the board of directors of YMCA of Seattle, WA. She and her family have recently settled in Glastonbury.

Brandon Ojakian, KeyBank Vice President and Area Retail Leader, northern Connecticut and western Massachusetts

Brandon Ojakian has 20 years of experience in the banking and finance industry.  He joins KeyBank from Santander Bank, where he served as a district executive leading branch teams in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.  Prior to Santander, he led several retail regions for Citizens Bank.  In his role with KeyBank, Brandon provides leadership to branch teams serving customers in Windsor, South Windsor, East Windsor, and Enfield branches in Connecticut, and West Springfield, East Longmeadow, Feeding Hills, Holyoke, Ludlow, Riverdale, Southwick, and Westfield branches in Massachusetts.  He holds a bachelor’s degree from Albertus Magnus College, and lives with his family in Farmington, where Brandon coaches his children’s sports, and plays USTA men’s tennis.

KeyBank has 64 branches in Connecticut and eight branches in Western Massachusetts.

About KeyCorp
KeyCorp's roots trace back 190 years to Albany, New York. Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, Key is one of the nation’s largest bank-based financial services companies, with assets of approximately $137.0 billion at March 31, 2018.

Key provides deposit, lending, cash management, insurance, and investment services to individuals and businesses in 15 states under the name KeyBank National Association through a network of approximately 1,200 branches and more than 1,500 ATMs. Key also provides a broad range of sophisticated corporate and investment banking products, such as merger and acquisition advice, public and private debt and equity, syndications and derivatives to middle market companies in selected industries throughout the United States under the KeyBanc Capital Markets trade name. For more information, visit KeyBank is Member FDIC.

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