Al Celini has spent most of his busy career in financial or risk officer roles at some pretty large companies, including Citigroup (NYSE:C), Ally Financial and Freddie Mac. But he suspects his plate will be just as full as the new chief risk officer at Sun National Bank, the primary subsidiary of the $3.2 billion-asset Sun Bancorp of Vineland, N.J.

"There are so many things being defined all at the same time, whether it be Basel or Dodd-Frank, and we still have to run our businesses," Celini says. "I think the challenges presented to an organization like Sun are no different than at the money centers; the same ambiguities exist."

But the new job does bring some changes for Celini, who lives in suburban Philadelphia and had been commuting to the Washington area for his job as a regulatory advisory and strategy VP at Freddie Mac. For starters, he's done with Amtrak. Also, he's glad to be at a place focused on growth.

"I'd like to think my career isn't always focused on putting out fires," he says.

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