• Berkshire Hills finance chief Kevin Riley resigns


    PITTSFIELD, Mass. (AP) - Berkshire Hills Bancorp Inc. said Monday that Chief Financial Officer Kevin Riley is leaving the company, effective Friday.

    The company said it has started its search for a replacement for Riley, who joined the company in August 2007.

    Mario L. Solari of Whittlesey & Hadley P.C. was retained to provide interim oversight for the CFO position. He has served as a consultant to Berkshire since last year.

    Berkshire also said Josephine Iannelli was named its principal accounting officer.

    Berkshire Hills Bancorp is the parent of Berkshire Bank, which has 74 branch offices in Massachusetts, New York, Connecticut, and Vermont, and has about $5.2 billion in assets.

    Separately, First Interstate BankSystem Inc. of Billings, Mont., named Riley its CFO and executive vice president as of Aug. 15. He will replace Terrill R. Moore, who is retiring, but will remain with the company through June 30 to help with the transition.

    First Interstate Bank has 76 branches in Montana, Wyoming, and South Dakota.

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