Harton named CEO of United Community Bank

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The headquarters of United Community Bank is in Blairsville, Ga., but its chief executive officer is now in Greenville.

Lynn Harton, who has been UCB’s president for the past five years, has been promoted to chief executive officer. His office is in Greenville.

Jimmy C. Talent, UCB’s former CEO, remains chairman of the bank as well as chairman and CEO of its holding company.

Harton, asked whether he would move the bank’s headquarters to Greenville now that he’s CEO, said that was a decision for the board to make.

“And from a practical perspective, in today’s world, the physical headquarters location, I would argue, is probably not as important as it used to be,” Harton told the Upstate Business Journal shortly after his promotion was announced on Thursday, Aug. 17. “As far as I can see,” he said, the headquarters “will remain in Blairsville.”

Still, Greenville is a key location for the growing bank, which employs just under 2,000 people and operates 142 branches in the Carolinas, Georgia, and Tennessee.

Seven out of 10 members of its executive team are located in Greenville.

And UCB leases about 70,000 square feet of office space at three locations in downtown Greenville: the One complex on Main Street, the former headquarters of The Palmetto Bank along Church Street, and the former headquarters of the Erwin Penland advertising agency along East Broad Street.

Harton, 55, was formerly chief executive officer of Greenville-based The South Financial Group. He has also worked as an executive for TD Bank, Regions Financial Corp., Union Planters Corp., and BB&T.

 

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