Chief Executive Officer and Chair of the Board of Eastern Bankshares, Inc. and Eastern Bank
Robert F. Rivers is the Chief Executive Officer and Chair of the Board of Directors of Eastern Bankshares, Inc. and has served as the Chief Executive Officer and Chair of the Board of Directors of Eastern Bank since January 1, 2017. Mr. Rivers joined Eastern Bank in 2006 as its Vice Chair and Chief Banking Officer, becoming President in 2007, Chief Operating Officer in 2012 and an Eastern Bank director in 2015. He has served as a trustee of Eastern Bank Corporation from 2007 to 2020. Prior to joining Eastern, from 1991 to 2005, Mr. Rivers held a number of staff and line leadership positions at M&T Bank in Buffalo, NY. Immediately prior to joining Eastern, he was an Executive Vice President for Retail Banking at the former Commercial Federal Bank in Omaha, Nebraska. Mr. Rivers serves as the Board Chair of the Dimock Center, is a member of the executive committee of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, is the Chair of the Massachusetts Business Roundtable and is a trustee of Stonehill College. He also serves on the Board of the Lowell Plan and on the Advisory Boards of the Lawrence Partnership and the JFK Library Foundation, and the Boston Women’s Workforce Council. A leader in Boston’s business community, Mr. Rivers has been recognized as a champion for social justice issues, having led the “Yes on 3” campaign to protect the rights of members of the LGBTQ+ community. He received his undergraduate degree from Stonehill College and holds an M.B.A. from the University of Rochester.