KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Regions Bank on Tuesday announced that Mike McNamee, Area President overseeing Regions’ banking operations in East Tennessee and North Carolina, has made the decision to retire effective April 8. McNamee has served Regions and its customers for 24 years. He joined the bank in 1992 and served as Area Credit Officer for South and Central Alabama and Central Florida. He was later named Orlando City President, Northwest Florida Area Executive and Central Florida Area Executive before assuming his current responsibilities in 2004. Prior to joining Regions, McNamee served as City President for Southeast Bank in Panama City, Fla. McNamee’s experience also includes a strong commitment to community service. In Knoxville, he has served on the boards of the East Tennessee Economic Development Agency and the Knoxville Chamber. “Throughout his career, Mike has been an excellent example of living and working according to Regions’ mission and core values,” said Brett Couch, East Region President for Regions Bank. “Mike is known for his sound leadership and his dedication to providing superior service to our customers. We express our sincere appreciation to Mike for his outstanding service, and we wish him the best as he starts this new chapter in life.” McNamee will be succeeded as Area President by Michelle Walters. Walters joined Regions in 2009 as Consumer Banking Executive for the company’s Georgia-South Carolina area. She most recently served as Business Banking Area Executive for Regions in Atlanta. Prior to joining Regions, Walters spent 13 years in leadership positions in Retail and Business Banking for SunTrust Bank. Her experience includes having served as Regional Manager of SunTrust’s East Tennessee Market, based in Knoxville. She later oversaw SunTrust’s Retail and Business banking operations in Memphis as well as the company’s Retail Banking operations in Greater Washington, D.C. “Michelle is a proven leader whose experience includes a variety of leadership roles meeting the needs of a diverse group of customers,” Couch said. “Having worked previously in East Tennessee, I am confident she can combine her own experience with the strong foundation provided by Mike McNamee to help Regions, and our customers, continue to succeed.” Walters is currently relocating to Knoxville from Atlanta and will work closely with McNamee in the coming weeks as McNamee prepares to retire.
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