Bankwell Financial Group in New Canaan, Conn., has begun a search for a new chief operating officer.

Gail E. D. Brathwaite will resign from the $1.3 billion-asset company on Dec. 11, according to a Friday news release. She has agreed to continue working with the bank as a consultant through June 30.

Diane Knetzger, Bankwell's director of marketing, declined to discuss the reasons for Brathwaite's resignation. Knetzger also would not disclose details on the status of finding Brathwaite's successor.

Brathwaite joined Bankwell in April 2013 and assisted with its initial public offering, as well as with its acquisitions of Wilton Bank in Wilton, Conn., and Quinnipiac Bank & Trust in Hamden, Conn.

Brathwaite was previously COO at NewAlliance Bank in Connecticut, before it was acquired by First Niagara Financial Group in 2011.

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