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February 20, 2023 / 2023 Power 50

2023 Power 50: 21. David Glidden

HBJ FILE PHOTO David Glidden is the president and CEO of Middletown-based Liberty Bank.

Middletown-based Liberty Bank last year tripled its downtown Hartford office space at 100 Pearl St., growing from 1,200 square feet on the third floor to about 5,000 square feet on the 13th. 

The move accommodates Liberty’s fast-growing Greater Hartford commercial lending division and comes amid a key strategy shift the mutual lender adopted a few years ago under CEO David Glidden. 

The shift included refocusing the bank’s lending portfolio on more local turf up and down the I-91 corridor, with the Hartford region being central to that effort. 

The downtown Hartford office is responsible for coverage of about half of Connecticut and a portion of Massachusetts. 

Glidden was named Liberty Bank’s CEO in March 2019, succeeding longtime banker Chandler J. Howard. Glidden brought with him over 30 years of industry experience, including most recently as a regional president for the northern New England and upstate New York region for TD Bank. 

While many banks have been gobbled up in recent years, Glidden has pledged to keep Liberty Bank independent. And amid continued industry consolidation, Glidden is now leading the second-largest, Connecticut-based bank with $7.3 billion in assets. 

A graduate of Providence College, Glidden also attended The National School of Banking in Fairfield and The Ivey School of Executive Management in Toronto, Ontario.  

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