Sterling National Bank hired Daniel Liberty as senior managing director and senior vice president in its Melville, Long Island office. Liberty will report directly to Ed Blaskey, executive vice president and Long Island market president. Liberty will focus on growing Sterling’s commercial banking activities in Long Island by establishing new client relationships and expanding the bank’s business activities.

Liberty most recently served as regional vice president and group manager of middle market banking at M&T Bank. Previously, Liberty was first vice president and Long Island commercial market executive at Washington Mutual Bank. He also held associate and leadership positions at other financial institutions on Long Island and New York City.

“We are excited to welcome Daniel to our fast-growing Long Island team,” said Blaskey. “He brings to Sterling market knowledge and over three decades of experience in meeting the financing needs of middle market clients. I look forward to working closely with Daniel as we continue to expand our presence in the Long Island area.”