Lynn Harton, president and CEO of United Community Bank, has been named CEO of the bank’s parent company, United Community Banks Inc. He replaces Jimmy Tallent, who will become executive chairman of United Community Bank’s board of directors.
Harton joined United in 2012 as COO. He was named CEO of United Community Bank in August 2017 and was elected to the board of directors in February 2015. Prior to joining United, Harton served in executive capacities with various financial institutions including South Financial Group, Regions Financial Corp. and BB&T.
“I would like to thank Jimmy Tallent for his many years of leadership at United. When I joined the company, we had several key strengths including a talented employee base and a reputation for customer service,” said Harton, in a news release. “Since 2012, we reorganized credit, streamlined the organizational structure and invested in new lines of business. We knew that these efforts would not only grow revenues and profitability, but also provide us with the opportunity to expand via mergers and acquisitions — which has in fact happened.”