Kristy Berner is Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of People's United Bank and People's United Financial, Inc. She is responsible for the direction and management of the Bank's legal operation and legislative affairs.
She began her career at Hodgson Russ, LLP, a NY law firm, advising public and private companies in corporate and securities matters including M&A, public debt and equity offerings, private placements, and SEC compliance matters. She has spent more than half of her career as in-house counsel to financial institutions. She spent six years at First Niagara Bank, a $37 billion bank. In her last four years there she served as General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, guiding them through a number of M&A transactions. Prior to joining People’s United she was with Key Bank, where she has served as EVP, Deputy General Counsel and Assistant Secretary.
Berner holds a Bachelor’s degree in psychology and political science, an M.B.A. and a law degree, from the State University of New York Buffalo. She is a member of the Connecticut and New York bars.