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Harriet Edelman LI

Harriet Edelman

Vice Chairman - Emigrant Bank


Harriet Edelman is an accomplished senior executive with over thirty years of global operating experience in consumer goods and financial services. Harriet is Vice Chairman of Emigrant Bank, the largest privately held, family owned and run community bank in the United States. Harriet has responsibility for Finance Operations, Information Technology, and Credit Administration.

Prior to Emigrant Bank, Harriet began her career and spent twenty-five years in consumer businesses. She rose to leadership positions in Marketing, Sales, Business Strategy and Transformation, e-commerce, Global Supply Chain and Information Technology. Harriet served as a Member of the Executive Committee and Member of the Finance Committee.

Harriet has served on large public company boards for sixteen years in the U.S. and Europe, serving as Chairman and Member of Nominating & Governance Committees, Vice Chairman of Audit Committees, and Member of Executive and Compensation Committees. She serves on the Board of Directors of Brinker International, Inc., and Assurant, Inc. Previously, Harriet served on the Board of Directors of UCB, from 2012 through 2017, and The Hershey Company, Ariba, and the Blair Corporation.

Harriet serves on the Board of Trustees at Bucknell University as Vice Chairman, Chairs the Campus Life Committee, and serves as a Member of the Finance, and Nominating & Governance Committees. She served as a Trustee at the New York Blood Center from 2010 until April of 2017 and Chaired the Oversight Committee and Strategic Planning Committee and was a Member of the Executive Committee.

Harriet earned an MBA from Fordham University in Marketing and Operations Research and a Bachelor's degree from Bucknell University. Harriet completed the NACD CERT Certificate for Cybersecurity Oversight for Directors in July, 2018. She has been a guest lecturer on leadership, technology, women’s advancement, diversity and inclusion, and business strategy.