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M&T to determine next president, chief operating officer

The death of Mark J. Czarnecki creates a leadership void at M&T Bank that the bank must now fill.

M&T said Monday it had no announcements to make about who would assume the roles of president and chief operating officer that Czarnecki, who died Sunday, held. Czarnecki built a 40-year career at the bank and reflected M&T's penchant from promoting from within for high-ranking positions. Czarnecki was named president in 2007 before he added the duties of COO a few years later.

[Related: Mark J. Czarnecki, M&T Bank’s president and COO, dies at 61 after illness]

M&T's leadership team continues to be led by Robert G. Wilmers, the chairman and CEO, and the person most readily identified with M&T.

Other prominent leaders on M&T's team include Rene F. Jones, who was promoted to vice chairman in May 2016 after serving as chief financial officer for 11 years. Darren J. King, who joined M&T in 2000, is the CFO and reviews the bank's quarterly earnings with analysts.

Richard S. Gold is the bank's chief risk officer, a post he was promoted to in 2014 after his predecessor retired. And Kevin J. Pearson, who serves as vice chairman, joined the bank in 1989.

Czarnecki is the second high-profile leader the bank has lost to illness in the past few years. Michael P. Pinto, vice chairman of M&T Bank Corp., died in 2014 at age 58.

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