First Bank (FRBA) in Hamilton, N.J., has hired a former American Express manager as chief operating officer.

The $467 million-asset company said in a press release Thursday that Ryan Manville, 41, had spent a decade at American Express. Manville recently served as vice president of global advertising and brand management at American Express, according to his LinkedIn profile. Manville also served as a management consultant at consulting firm McKinsey and Co. and as a nuclear submarine officer in the U.S. Navy.

Manville succeeds former COO Patrick Ryan, who was named First Bank's president and chief executive in January 2013. The position has been vacant since then, according to the release.

First Bank completed its acquisition with Heritage Community Bank in Randolph, N.J., this week. First Bank paid $4.8 million in stock for $135 million-asset lender. First Bank now has a total of eight branches in four New Jersey counties, including the three it obtained from Heritage.

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