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Ameris Bancorp EVP to retire; Seacoast Commerce names SVP

S&P Global Market Intelligence presents a daily roundup of management and board changes in the financial services and bank and thrift industries. This feature excludes C-level leadership changes and stories previously covered by S&P Global Market Intelligence.


Seacoast Commerce Banc Holdings subsidiary San Diego-based Seacoast Commerce Bank named Melanie Brown senior vice president and Small Business Administration business development officer.

She has more than three decades of banking experience.


Stephen Melton, executive vice president and general counsel of Moultrie, Ga.-based Ameris Bancorp and unit Ameris Bank, is set to retire Sept. 30.


Tupelo, Miss.-based Renasant Corp.'s board increased its size by one to 15 members and appointed Connie Engel a director.

She was a director at Brand Group Holdings, which was recently acquired by Renasant, the parent of Renasant Bank.

Engel was also appointed to the audit committee of the Renasant board and the property and insurance committee of the bank board.

Engel is a partner in the Atlanta Office Division of Childress Klein Properties, S&P Global Market Intelligence records show.

Financial services

AllianceBernstein LP unit Bernstein Private Wealth Management promoted Kara Lewis to director to lead its private wealth practice based in Cleveland.

Lewis succeeds Shane McRann Bigelow, who departs to become CEO of blockchain company Ownum.

Lewis previously was vice president in the Cleveland office.


Virtusa Corp. shareholders elected Deborah Hopkins as a director.

Hopkins was the founder and CEO of Citi Ventures and chief innovation officer of Citigroup Inc., until her retirement from the company in December 2016.