On January 30, 2012, Ken was nominated by Governor Chris Christie to be Commissioner of the Department of Banking and Insurance. Ken joined the Department as Chief of Staff in February 2010 and took on the additional role as Acting Director of Banking in October 2011.
He serves as the Chief Operating Officer for the Department with full responsibility for all legislative, regulatory, operational and administrative matters. Ken also serves as the department’s liaison with other State departments and federal agencies, notably the Federal Reserve and the FDIC. He was instrumental in leading the Department through successful reaccreditations by both the National Association of Insurance Commissioners and the Conference of State Bank Supervisors.
Ken is a gubernatorial appointee to the State Employees’ Health Benefits Plan Design Committee and the School Employees’ Health Benefits Plan Design Committee.
Prior to joining the Department, Ken was in private law practice for 20 years, beginning at Connell, Foley & Geiser in Roseland, New Jersey, and then moving to Herrick, Feinstein LLP, first in its New York City office and then in its Newark, New Jersey office. He represented a wide array of clients, including banks, insurance companies, lenders, developers and public and private entities. Before practicing law, Ken began his professional career as a bank analyst at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
He is a magna cum laude graduate of Seton Hall University and a cum laude graduate of New York Law School, where he served as Executive Editor of the Journal of International and Comparative Law.Ken resides in Monmouth County with his wife, Nancy, and two children.