Robert Maichin joined Dime Community Bancshares, the parent company of Dime Community Bank, as head of middle-market lending. In this role, Maichin will lead Dime’s middle-market commercial lending operations and also build out specialized lending niches. Maichin will also join Dime’s executive leadership team.

Most recently, Maichin was market president of commercial banking at Bank Leumi with responsibility for all middle-market and healthcare banking activities in the Northeast, as well as national responsibility for the bank’s trade finance business. Previously, he served as market executive of the middle-market banking team at JPMorgan Chase in Brooklyn, NY, and Queens, NY. He began his banking career at European American Bank, where he held various positions in middle-market and corporate banking.

“We are very excited to hire an individual of Bob’s caliber and background,” Kevin O’Connor, CEO of Dime Community Bank, said. “Our current capital base and size provides us the opportunity to be a meaningful player in middle-market lending and Bob’s addition significantly accelerates this strategy. We look forward to Bob joining our executive leadership team. He will be a key contributor as we grow the premier business bank on greater Long Island.”

“Bob has approximately 30 years of diversified commercial banking experience all within our existing footprint and a proven track record of building lending teams,” Stuart H. Lubow, president and chief operating officer of Dime Community Bank, said. “His knowledge base and vast network will be an asset to Dime and will take our commercial lending operations to the next level in terms of servicing middle-market C&I clients, including industries such as apparel, healthcare, manufacturing, media and entertainment, transportation and technology.”