Frank Napolitano, who has held leadership positions of increasing responsibility in the archdiocese, has been named to the newly created position of chief administrative officer (CAO) of the archdiocese, effective Nov. 19.
In his new position, Napolitano will provide management oversight to the following departments and programs: Property Management, Insurance, Benefit Plans, Pension, Information Technology, Lawson Systems and Payroll, Administration of Catholic Center building operations, Instructional Television (ITV), CHSA (Independent High Schools) Capital Projects and Institutional Commodity Services.
“It’s a great challenge. I’m honored to be given the opportunity to serve in this capacity,” said Napolitano during a brief interview with CNY Nov. 29 in his office at the New York Catholic Center in Manhattan.
Napolitano’s new position was announced jointly by Msgr. Joseph LaMorte, vicar general and moderator of the curia, and John P. Cahill, chancellor.
Before his appointment, Napolitano had served since 2016 as director of risk management and insurance services. Additionally, he managed the department of education finance and ITV.
He was director of parish finance, 2010-2016.
Napolitano’s first position with the archdiocese was as associate legal counsel in the Office of Legal Affairs, 1998-2002.
From 2002-2009, Napolitano ran his own law practice in Connecticut. He and his wife and a college-age daughter live in Greenwich. They are longtime parishioners of St. Paul’s.
He did his undergraduate study at Columbia University and holds a law degree from Brooklyn Law School.
The memo announcing the appointment cited Napolitano for serving “as a key player in our preemptive response to the Covid-19 pandemic.”
Napolitano said Cardinal Dolan was “very supportive” of his appointment and “appreciative of my continued commitment” to the archdiocese.
As CAO, Napolitano said, he willould rely on the “excellent, competent team here” in the archdiocese.
“We’re looking forward to continuing to provide the level of services that we do,” he said.
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