Gerard P. Cuddy, President and CEO of Beneficial Bank to Present Inaugural Lecture in New Business Lecture Series

Release Date: Tuesday, October 30, 2012

PHILADELPHIA, PA – Gerard P. Cuddy, president and chief executive officer of Beneficial Bank, will deliver the inaugural lecture of the College's new lecture series “Business Leaders of Uncommon Excellence” on Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 4:30 p.m. in the East Parlor, St. Joseph Hall. His lecture, “Leading through the Economic Crisis,” will discuss the banking industry and the economy, perspectives and approaches to leadership and management, success stories, and best practices.


The goal of the new biannual speaker series is to provide Chestnut Hill students with an opportunity to meet, interact with, and learn from various types of accomplished business professionals, in addition to providing a forum for connecting theory and learning to actual business practices. The series aims to raise students’ awareness and understanding of current business issues and encourage meaningful interactions and collaboration between students and the greater community.


Gerard P. Cuddy has served as Beneficial Bank’s president and chief executive officer since 2007. Mr. Cuddy is a banking veteran of over 30 years with broad management and senior leadership experience.


Since joining Beneficial, he has led the Company through its initial public offering and two major acquisitions. Cuddy directs Beneficial’s efforts to provide its customers with education and resource tools to help them to do the right thing financially. He has been profiled and quoted numerous times in media outlets such as The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and The Huffington Post.


Committed to improving the communities that Beneficial serves, Cuddy is the chairman of St. Cyril’s Parish in East Lansdowne and on the boards of the Foreign Policy Research Institute and the Philadelphia Union League. He also serves on the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia Community Depository Institution Advisory Council. He is a past board member of the Education and Finance Committees of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and BLOCS (Business Leadership Organized for Catholic Schools) as well as the Philadelphia Orchestra.


A resident of Rosemont, Pa., Cuddy earned an undergraduate degree in economics from Villanova University and an MBA at St. Joseph’s University.


Beneficial Bank is the oldest and largest bank headquartered in Philadelphia. Beneficial is a community-based, full-service financial services company that has served individuals and businesses for more than 157 years. With 62 offices in the greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey regions and nearly $5 billion in assets, Beneficial offers a full array of financial products that includes commercial, consumer and real estate lending, insurance, and wealth management.


The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Barbara Diemer, MBA, M.Ed., assistant professor of business, at 215.248.7033.