Berkshire Hills Names George Bacigalupo EVP Commercial Banking

        Berkshire Hills Names George Bacigalupo EVP Commercial Banking

PR Newswire

PITTSFIELD, Mass., Oct. 15, 2013

PITTSFIELD, Mass., Oct. 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Berkshire Hills Bancorp, Inc.
(NYSE: BHLB) today announced that it has appointed George Bacigalupo Executive
Vice President - Commercial Banking responsible for business banking,
including the asset based lending and leasing business lines. Berkshire's
Regional Commercial Leaders will now report to Bacigalupo, who reports to
Michael Daly, Berkshire's President and CEO.

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Bacigalupo joined Berkshire in 2011 as Senior Vice President - Chief Credit
Officer and has more than 30 years of lending and commercial banking
experience. He was EVP of Specialty Lending at TD Banknorth, where he
established the ABL and other middle-market lending groups as well as oversaw
commercial banking relationships with $5 billion in total committed credit.
Subsequently, at TD Bank he was the Senior Lender for New England with the
highest lending authority for all commercial relationships.

Mr. Daly stated, "We are pleased to have George take on the leadership of our
commercial banking team. He has been an integral part of building our credit
process, and his experience and leadership capabilities make him an ideal
choice. I look forward to working with George as we deepen our commercial
market share throughout our New England and New York footprint. George
combines large bank experience and local focus which is the combination that
positions us to best serve the business credit needs of our region."

Mr. Bacigalupo stated, "I am excited to take on this enhanced role at
Berkshire. We have great teams in place, a promising footprint, and a brand
and culture that combined with our sophisticated financial capabilities can
really make a difference in our markets. I see great opportunities for us to
continue to grow sound and profitable middle market lending in our region."

Berkshire Hills also announced today the appointment of Michael Carroll, SVP –
Commercial Regional Leader NY, to Chief Credit Officer, where he will be
responsible for the Company's credit underwriting and approval processes. He
will report to Richard Marotta, EVP – Chief Risk and Administrative Officer.
Carroll joined Berkshire in 2009 from KeyBank where he was SVP Middle Market
Lending. He has more than 25 years' experience in Commercial and Credit roles
in banking, serving New York's Capital Region.

Jim Curran, SVP – Commercial Regional Leader, will continue to run middle
market operations in Central New England and Mark Foster, SVP – Asset Based
Lending, will maintain leadership of ABL and business banking in Boston. On
an interim basis, Robert Curley, Berkshire's New York Chairman, will oversee
the New York commercial team.

High resolution images of Berkshire's executives can be downloaded at

Berkshire Hills Bancorp is the parent of Berkshire Bank – America's Most
Exciting Bank^®. The Company has approximately $5.2 billion in assets and 74
full service branch offices in Massachusetts, New York, Connecticut, and
Vermont providing personal and business banking, insurance, and wealth
management services.

Investor Relations Contact
Allison O'Rourke; Vice President - Investor Relations; 413-236-3149

Media Contact
Ray Smith, Assistant Vice President – Marketing; 413-236-3756

SOURCE Berkshire Hills Bancorp, Inc.

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