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Rich Bradshaw Promoted to President of United Community Bank

February 23, 2021
United Community Banks, Inc. (NASDAQ: UCBI) announced today that Rich Bradshaw has been named President of its subsidiary United Community Bank in recognition of his increased contribution to the company’s growth and strategy. Bradshaw will also retain his current title of Chief Banking Officer of the Bank, a position held since 2019. In this new role, he is responsible for oversight and management of the bank’s diverse and substantial commercial lines of business, all 160 retail bank office locations across the five-state footprint and the fast-growing mortgage division. Lynn Harton will remain Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of the holding company, United Community Banks, Inc. and Chief Executive Officer of the subsidiary bank.

“On behalf of the Board of Directors, we are pleased to recognize Rich’s increased role in our success. Rich’s national reputation and regional contribution proves that he is truly one of the best talents in the banking industry and is a strong leader for our organization. He continuously demonstrates a high level of commitment to improving the lives of our customers,” said Harton. “Our decade of working together has shown that Rich’s capacity to deliver on results will be instrumental in the continued growth of United.”

In his nearly seven years at United, Bradshaw developed and grew the bank’s Commercial Banking Solutions (CBS) division to over $1.8 billion in 2019. CBS includes the bank’s Commercial Real Estate, Middle Market, Asset-Based Lending, Renewable Energy, 501c3 and Senior Care lines of business. This division also includes the growth of the United’s SBA lending program, which is one of the largest in volume SBA divisions in the southeast. This has resulted in United approving and funding over 15,000 PPP loans for $1.75 billion dollars for existing and new customers. In 2019, Bradshaw was awarded additional responsibility of the four-state branch network and other revenue producing businesses when he became Chief Banking Officer.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to continue to work under Lynn’s leadership and help to execute the ambitious strategic vision we have for United Community Bank. I truly enjoy the ability to work closely with our customers and make a difference in their financial success,” said Bradshaw. “I work with an outstanding group of leaders and bankers and I am excited about the opportunities ahead.”

Bradshaw is a retired, decorated Commander in the U.S. Naval Reserve Intelligence Program and served five years of active duty as a Captain in the U.S. Air Force. He graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree in Management and holds a Master of Business Administration from Pepperdine University. He has served several terms on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee for NAGGL (National Association of Government Guaranteed Lenders) and received the organization’s annual Distinguished Service Award in 2014. Rich is the past president of the board of directors for the Greenville Symphony Orchestra. He has also previously served as president of the board for Greenville Literacy Association.