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WAYNE, N.J. - Tuesday, February 4, 2014 - Valley National Bank, the wholly-owned subsidiary of Valley National Bancorp (NYSE:VLY), has promoted Andrea T. Onorato to Executive Vice President – Director of Retail Operations.

Ms. Onorato joined Valley National Bank in 1977 and brings over 37 years of banking experience to her position. As Director of Retail Operations her responsibilities encompass all phases of branch operations in order to ensure that the branch network delivers efficient, comprehensive and competitive products as well as friendly, personalized service. She is also responsible for Retail Banking’s administrative operations including: branch policies and procedures, development of new retail deposit products and the mystery shop program, as well as deposit compliance and vault services. In addition, Ms. Onorato oversees the Bank’s 24/7 Customer Service Center, is active in the Bank’s mentoring program and works on special committees designed to integrate divergent groups to achieve the goals set by management. She is actively involved in hiring, training, development and promotion of the large branch employee population.

Ms. Onorato will also play a key role in the technology and automation upgrades scheduled for the next several years as Valley begins revitalizing and modernizing its branch network. As part of the recently announced branch restructuring initiative, branch offices will receive technology upgrades to streamline and enhance the customer experience, while improving efficiencies by lowering operating costs. These upgrades will include cash recyclers, interactive video teller machines and enhanced full-service ATMs.

"For almost four decades, Andrea has delivered outstanding results through a number of banking segments," said Valley National Bank’s Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Peter Crocitto. "Her experience and vast knowledge of banking operations have been invaluable to the Bank’s growth. She is a proven leader and we are proud to recognize her contributions with this promotion."

Ms. Onorato received her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from William Paterson University and is a graduate of the Stonier Graduate School of Banking. She can be reached at 973-305-4051 or by email at aonorato@valleynationalbank.com.

Valley National Bancorp is a regional bank holding company headquartered in Wayne, New Jersey with $16 billion in assets. Its principal subsidiary, Valley National Bank, currently operates 204 branches in 144 communities serving 16 counties throughout northern and central New Jersey, Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and Long Island. Valley National Bank is one of the largest commercial banks headquartered in New Jersey and is committed to providing the most convenient service, the latest in product innovations and an experienced and knowledgeable staff with a high priority on friendly customer service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. For more information about Valley National Bank and its products and services, please visit www.valleynationalbank.com or call Customer Service, 24/7 at 800-522-4100.