A shareholder group at Haven Bancorp in Westbury, N.Y., is protesting the Long Island thrift's appointment of two prominent financial executives to its board and is soon expected to launch a proxy battle to gain two seats itself.

The $2.9 billion-asset Haven expanded its board late last month by awarding seats to Michael A. McManus Jr., former president of New York Bancorp, and Wally Dahya, a former principal of a New York investment bank.

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