Charles A. Agemian: Banker to the Core

Charles A. Agemian (22 July 1909 – 30 March 1996) is one of the foremost bankers in the United States, thanks to his stints as executive vice president at the Chase Manhattan Bank as well as chief executive officer and chairman of the Hackensack Trust Co., now known as the Garden State National Bank.

Born in Aleppo, Syria, Agemian and his family immigrated to the United States when he was a teenager. He received his undergraduate degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and his master’s degree from the Columbia Business School.

Agemian is the epitome of a successful banker who truly moved through the ranks. His first job in the banking industry was as messenger at the Bank of Manhattan, which allowed him to move up the corporate ladder. He became Chase Manhattan Bank’s deputy controller and vice president in 1955; controller and vice president in 1955; and controller general in 1959. He became executive vice president of operations in July 1963 until his retirement in December 1969.