Crown Bank, a start-up in Newark, N.J., has hired Antonio C. Antunes as senior vice president and chief of retail banking operations.

The bank plans to open its first branch April 13 and a second branch and a loan office shortly thereafter. Mr. Antunes will oversee the branch network and be responsible for development of retail services and business strategies.

Mr. Antunes was a vice president, commercial real estate officer, and regional business development officer at Valley National Bank, the principal unit of Wayne-based Valley Bancorp. Before that he had been a first vice president at Broad National Bank in Newark.

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