Officers & Directors

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Officers & Directors

Senior Management

Jack L. Kopnisky
President & Chief Executive Officer

Jack Kopnisky was named Chief Executive Officer and President of Sterling Bancorp and Sterling National Bank in 2011. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Kopnisky served as Chief Executive Officer of SJB Escrow Corporation since 2009, and as a partner in Mercatus LLC since 2008. From 2005 until 2008, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of First Marblehead Corporation. Mr. Kopnisky served in a variety of leadership positions with KeyCorp and predecessor banks from 1998 to 2005. During those years, he served as President, Consumer Banking Group where he was responsible for Retail Banking, Business Banking, Consumer Banking and Community Development, President, Key Bank USA, President, Retail Banking and President & Chief Executive Officer, Key Investment. Mr. Kopnisky has been a member of the board since 2011.
Luis Massiani
Senior Executive VP, Chief Financial Officer

Luis Massiani was appointed as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Sterling Bancorp and Sterling National Bank effective December 15, 2012. Mr. Massiani is responsible for all financial matters for the Company including accounting, treasury, financial planning and analysis and investor relations. He also leads the Company with mergers and acquisition analysis and execution. Prior to 2012, Mr. Massiani was Director of the investment banking department of Credit Suisse Securities LLC. Prior to joining Credit Suisse in May 2011, Mr. Massiani served first as Vice President, then later as Director, of the investment banking department of Citadel Securities LLC, from September 2009. From August 2005 until September 2009, Mr. Massiani worked in the Financial Institutions Group of Citigroup Global Markets Inc., first as an Associate, and later as Vice President.
Rodney C. Whitwell
Senior Executive VP & Chief Administrative Officer

Rodney Whitwell was named Chief Administrative Officer of Sterling Bancorp and Sterling National Bank in July 2017, and previously had been Chief Operating Officer since November 2011. Mr. Whitwell has over 30 years of leadership experience in executive financial and investment services. He served as Director of Segment Management for Key Corporation in Cleveland, Ohio from 2004 to 2007, Senior Vice President of New Business Initiatives at The First Marblehead Corporation in Boston, Massachusetts from 2007 to 2008 and from 2008 to 2010 he served as Chief Executive Officer at Union Federal Savings Bank, a subsidiary of The First Marblehead Corporation. Mr. Whitwell was Principal at Mercatus LLC, a national financial services consulting and investing firm, from 2010 to 2011.
Michael E. Finn
Senior Executive VP & Chief Risk Officer

Michael Finn currently serves as Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Risk Officer of Sterling National Bank and Sterling Bancorp. He was appointed Senior Executive Vice President in July, 2017 and Executive Vice President in June, 2015. Previously, Mr. Finn was the Chief Risk Officer of Hudson Valley Bank from January 2014 to the Company’s merger in June, 2015. From 2011 to 2013, Mr. Finn served as Senior Advisor to the Deputy Comptroller of the Officer of the Comptroller of the Currency. From 2004 to 2011, Mr. Finn served as Regional Director for the Office of Thrift Supervision
James P. Blose
Executive VP & Chief Legal Officer

James Blose currently serves as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Legal Officer of Sterling National Bank and Sterling Bancorp since June 2015. He was appointed Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Hudson Valley Holding Corp. and Hudson Valley Bank in October 2013. Prior to joining Hudson Valley Bank, Mr. Blose served as a partner with the law firm of Griffin, Coogan, Blose, Sulzer & Horgan, P.C., located in Bronxville, New York, since December 2003.

Board of Directors

John P. Cahill
James F. Deutsch
Navy E. Djonovic
Fernando Ferrer
Robert S. Giambrone
Jack L. Kopnisky

Jack Kopnisky was named Chief Executive Officer and President of Sterling Bancorp and Sterling National Bank in 2011. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Kopnisky served as Chief Executive Officer of SJB Escrow Corporation since 2009, and as a partner in Mercatus LLC since 2008. From 2005 until 2008, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of First Marblehead Corporation. Mr. Kopnisky served in a variety of leadership positions with KeyCorp and predecessor banks from 1998 to 2005. During those years, he served as President, Consumer Banking Group where he was responsible for Retail Banking, Business Banking, Consumer Banking and Community Development, President, Key Bank USA, President, Retail Banking and President & Chief Executive Officer, Key Investment. Mr. Kopnisky has been a member of the board since 2011.
James J. Landy
Robert W. Lazar
Patricia M. Nazemetz
Richard L. O’Toole
Ralph F. Palleschi
Burt B. Steinberg
William E. Whiston