Lynn Harton serves as the President, Chief Executive Officer and chairman of the Board of United Community Banks, Inc. and serves as the President and the Chief Executive Officer of the company’s $17.8 billion subsidiary bank, United Community Bank. Harton has more than 30 years of experience in the banking industry, with expertise in commercial banking, risk management, and turnarounds and change management.
Prior to joining United Community Banks in 2012, Harton was Executive Vice President and Head of Commercial Banking-South for TD Bank, NA. +. Prior to joining TD Bank, Harton was President and CEO at The South Financial Group (which was sold to TD Bank). He also has held various executive positions at Regions Financial Corporation, Union Planters Corporation and BB&T.
Harton earned his bachelor’s degree from Wake Forest University and has participated in various executive programs at Duke University, Wharton, Columbia, Northwestern, University of North Carolina and University of South Carolina. He has previously served as a member of the RMA National Community Bank Council and the RMA Board of Directors. He also has served on a number of additional financial boards and committees throughout his career, including the Palmetto Business Forum, RMA National Credit Risk Council, CBA National Small Business Banking Committee, and the Equifax Small Business Financial Exchange.
Harton lives in Greenville with his wife, Flavia, and has served on a number of community boards, including the Greenville County Museum of Art, Artisphere and The Peace Center for the Performing Arts, of which he is currently serving as the chairman of the Board.