Garnett joins Bankwell Financial Group Board of Directors

Darien's James M. Garnett, Jr.
Darien's James M. Garnett, Jr.

Darien's James M. Garnett, Jr. has joined the Bankwell Financial Group Board of Directors, it was announced by Bankwell President and CEO Christopher R. Gruseke.

Gruseke said, “Jim’s vast experience across all areas of the financial services industry, including regulatory issues and the oversight of enterprise risk, bring broad insight and valuable expertise to the Bank’s board.”

Garnett retired in 2016 after 18 years as a managing director of Citigroup. He spent 15 years as global head of risk architecture, which included oversight of credit, market, liquidity and operational risks across all of Citigroup's businesses and geographies. In addition, he served as the Chief Risk Officer for Citigroup's treasury, country risk and operational risk. Garnett joined Citigroup in 1998 as chief risk officer of Citicorp's institutional bank and trading businesses. From 1982 to 1997, he worked for the Chase Manhattan Corporation and held a variety of roles, including head of Global Risk Management, head of North America derivatives trading and Treasurer of the parent company.

A resident of Darien,  Garnett currently serves as a trustee of South Kent School and was previously a director of the Corporation Service Company (CSC) and the International Swap Dealers Association (ISDA) and a trustee of the College of the Atlantic.

Bankwell Financial Group (NASDAQ: BWFG) is the holding company for Bankwell, the community bank that serves the banking and lending needs of businesses and residents throughout Connecticut.  More about Bankwell can be found at