Business people: May 28, 2024


WSFS names CFO and other promotions

WSFS Financial Corporation, Wilmington and Philadelphia,  parent company of WSFS Bank, announced that longtime Citigroup executive David Burg  will join the company as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer on August 15.

Burg will be responsible for leading the company’s financial operations and strategy, including Financial Planning and Analysis, Accounting and Financial Reporting, Treasury, and Investor Relations.

Prior to joining WSFS, Burg held several senior leadership positions during his nearly 17 years at Citigroup. Most recently, he was the Head of Strategy and Execution for Legacy Franchises. From 2021 to 2023, he was Chief Financial Officer for the entire Latin America region. Burg also served as the Chief Financial Officer of Citigroup’s Treasury & Trade Solutions from 2017 to 2021.

WSFS also announced that Arthur J. Bacci will become  Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer.


 Bacci joined WSFS in April 2018 as Executive Vice President, Chief Wealth Officer. In addition to serving as Chief Wealth Officer, he has held the role of interim Chief Financial Officer since August 2023. In his new role as Chief Operating Officer, Bacci will have oversight responsibilities for the Commercial, Wealth, Consumer and Cash Connect lines of business, as well as Technology, Operations, Customer Experience, Marketing and Communications.

As part of WSFS’ on-going succession planning, in conjunction with Bacci’s appointment to Chief Operating Officer, Jamie P. Hopkins will become  Executive Vice President, Chief Wealth Officer. Hopkins joined WSFS in October 2023 as Senior Vice President and Director of Private Wealth Management. 

Catholic Charities director named


Bishop William  Koenig appointed Ruth Anne White as executive director of Catholic Charities in the Diocese of Wilmington,

.White comes to the diocese from the National Center for Housing and Child Welfare in College Park, Md., where she served as its co-founder and executive director since May 2008. 

She succeeds Fritz Jones who retired in January  after 45 years with Catholic Charities.

“Ms. White is one of the nation’s leading experts on child welfare and housing policy. We are blessed to have her join our diocese as the new executive director of Catholic Charities,” said Bishop Koenig. “Her vast experience working with the homeless, youth and children, coupled with her tremendous management and administrative experience, makes her the ideal person to lead our ministries serving our most vulnerable brothers and sisters in Delaware and Maryland’s Eastern Shore.” – From The Dialog

New Castle Public Works general manager to take Woodlawn post

New Castle County Executive Matt Meyer announced the retirement of Department of Public Works General Manager Tracy Surles.

Surles joined NCC in 1998 as an Assistant County Attorney for the Public Works Department and has held various NCC positions throughout her career, including serving as the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) for then County Executive Chris Coons and Deputy CAO for Meyer before returning to Public Works as the General Manager. 

Surles practiced environmental law in the private sector before joining County government

Surles will embark on a new adventure as the Vice President of Woodlawn Trustees, an organization committed to the provision of affordable rental housing in the City of Wilmington and the preservation of open space for public enjoyment.

Stepping into Surles’ role as Acting General Manager is Yvonne Anders Gordon. Gordon has a member of the Public Works leadership team since 2021.

She has served New Castle County government in various capacities for more than 15 years. 

Prior to joining New Castle County, Gordon served as First Vice President for Bank of America, and Deputy Secretary for the Delaware Department of Safety and Homeland Security.

Sallie Mae’s Vieira honored by Girls Inc. of New York City


Sallie Mae Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer Donna Vieira was honored by Girls Inc. of New York City for her efforts to advance gender equity in corporate America.

Vieira was recognized at Girls Inc.’s 25th annual “Lifting Girls Up Gala and College Shower.” The event honors trailblazing leaders and organizations dedicated to empowering, educating, and inspiring young women. The Gala also celebrated the achievements of 25 exceptional high school seniors and presented them with college scholarship.

During the event, Vieira also announced a $25,000 contribution from The Sallie Mae Fund to Girls Inc. of New York City to support their efforts to remove financial barriers and provide young women with the essential skills and resources needed for success in higher education.

In addition to the award from Girls Inc. of NYC, Vieira has been recognized multiple times by Savoy Magazine as one of the “Most Influential Black Executives in Corporate America.” She is also a member of The Executive Leadership Council, the pre-eminent membership organization committed to increasing the number of black executives globally.

Strong to head new Cahill office in Wilmington


Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP announced  that  “crypto native” lawyers Lewis Rinaudo Cohen, Gregory Strong, and Sarah W. Chen have joined the firm as partners in Cahill’s Digital Assets and Emerging Technology, or “CahillNXT” practice. 

The arrival of  Cohen,  Strong and  Chen will include the opening of a Cahill office in Delaware led by Strong, a former Deputy Attorney General in the Delaware Department of Justice.

Cohen, Strong, and Chen have focused their practices on the adoption and use of blockchain technology and tokenization across a wide range of venture capital firms, and traditional financial institutions.

Strong provides strategic regulatory and litigation advice to clients engaging with blockchain and crypto assets with a focus on securities, commodities, and consumer protection laws and regulations. Strong has successfully represented clients before the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Commodities Futures Trading Commission, state securities regulators and various other regulators.

Strong has  experience in  engaging with regulators on behalf of clients in the blockchain space with novel legal issues. 

Prior to entering private practice,  Strong served as a Deputy Attorney General in the Delaware Department of Justice from 2003 to early 2018. He was appointed as the Director of the Investor Protection Unit from 2015 to 2018 and was responsible for administering and enforcing the Delaware Securities Act.

Lenihan named to fine arts commission

William J. Lenihan, to be a Member of the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts 

Lenihan,  is a Principal and Partner of Tevebaugh Architecture based in Philadelphia and Wilmington, Delaware. 

The firm’s areas of practice include civic, cultural, academic, healthcare, corporate, and industrial project types. 

Lenihan holds a Bachelor of Architecture and Master of Architecture degrees from Norwich University and holds professional registrations in more than ten states.