First of Long Island taps insider as next CEO

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The First of Long Island in Glen Head, N.Y., has lined up its next CEO.

The $4.2 billion-asset company said in a press release Tuesday that Christopher Becker will also become its president on Jan. 1. He will succeed Michael Vittorio, 66, who will retire after 17 years leading the company.

Becker, 53, is the company’s chief risk officer and corporate secretary. He is responsible for enterprise risk management, including oversight of strategic planning, technology and loan and deposit operations, among other things.

Becker, previously chief financial officer at the Bank of Smithtown, “has a tremendous work ethic and a comprehensive knowledge of the business,” Vittorio said in the release. “I truly believe he will be a wonderful CEO … in the years that lie ahead.”

The company noted that it used a national search firm and a human capital advisory firm to vet candidates.

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