John C. Warren, president and chief executive officer of Sterling Bancshares Corp., Waltham, Mass., has been elected chairman of the board.

In addition, he serves as chairman of the board, president, and CEO of the holding company's Sterling Bank. Before joining the bank in September 1988, Mr. Warren was with Shawmut National Corp. He is a member of the government affairs steering committee of the Savings and Community Banks of America.

Martin J. Coleman Jr. has been elected a director of Sterling Bancshares.

Mr. Coleman has served on the board of directors of Sterling Bank since 1990 and the executive committee since 1991.

He is the principal partner in the real estate brokerage firm of Coleman & Sons and Coleman & Sons Appraisal Group.

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