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S&P Global Market Intelligence presents a weekly news summary of executive management and board chair-level changes in the bank and thrift industry.

Dec. 21

Chris Henson, COO of Winston-Salem, N.C.-based BB&T Corp., was appointed president of the company and its unit, Branch Banking and Trust Co.

Henson will hold the new appointment in addition to his COO post. Previously, Chairman and CEO Kelly King was president of the holding company.

Patrick Barrett was named executive vice president and CFO of Itasca, Ill.-based First Midwest Bancorp Inc. and its unit, First Midwest Bank, effective Jan. 5, 2017.

Barrett previously was senior executive vice president and CFO of Lancaster, Pa.-based Fulton Financial Corp. He will replace Paul Clemens, who is set to retire in 2017.

Andrew Jetter, president and CEO of Federal Home Loan Bank of Topeka, plans to retire on or about March 31, 2017.

He will resign as the company's president and CEO on Dec. 31, but will continue as senior adviser until his retirement.

Mark Yardley, the company's chief risk officer, will serve as president and CEO in the interim, effective Jan. 1, 2017.

Birmingham, Ala.-based Compass Bank named Onur Genç CEO, effective during the first quarter of 2017.

He will replace Manuel Sánchez-Rodriguez, who will remain chairman of the board as a nonexecutive director. Currently, Genç is deputy CEO of Istanbul, Turkey-based Türkiye Garanti Bankasi AS, which is 39.9% owned by Compass Bank's ultimate parent, Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria SA.

Dec. 20

Minneapolis, Minn.-based U.S. Bank NA appointed Beth McDonnell senior vice president and chief marketing officer.

McDonnell, who joined the bank in 2014 as head of brand strategy and reputation, will now head up advertising, marketing and branding efforts at the bank.

U.S. Bank is a unit of U.S. Bancorp.

H. Stewart Fitz Gibbon III, president, CEO and director of Wooster, Ohio-based Wayne Savings Bancshares Inc. and Wayne Savings Community Bank resigned, effective Dec. 20.

The board appointed director David Lehman to serve as interim president and CEO of the company and the bank until it names a permanent replacement, which is expected to occur in the first quarter of 2017.

Blue Sky Bank named Evans Rector CEO, the Tulsa (Okla.) World reported Dec. 18.

He has more than four decades of experience in banking.

The Pawhuska, Okla.-based bank is a unit of N.B.C. Bancshares in Pawhuska Inc.

Dec. 19

Blairsville, Ga.-based United Community Banks Inc. Executive Vice President and CFO Rex Schuette will retire in 2017.

The retirement date will follow the selection of a replacement and a subsequent orderly transition.

Norwich, N.Y.-based NBT Bancorp Inc. named John Watt Jr. president and CEO of the company and unit NBT Bank NA.

Watt, who joined the company in 2014, was appointed president of the bank in May and was set to succeed Martin Dietrich as CEO of the company and the bank upon Dietrich's retirement in December. Dietrich was appointed chairman in May.

Watt will also serve as a director of the company and the bank.

Shippensburg, Pa.-based Orrstown Financial Services Inc. named Executive Vice President and CFO David Boyle chief accounting officer.

He takes over from Douglas Barton, who will keep his position as senior vice president for finance.

The same arrangement, dated Dec. 15, also applies to the company's unit, Orrstown Bank.

Should the de novo application for Pacific Metro Bank be approved, Jinsong Yang will serve as chairman of the bank, while Gerald Lewis will serve as president and CEO.

Dec. 17

Benchmark Bankshares Inc. CEO Michael Walker is set to retire from his leadership position and board role in May 2017.

He will serve as an adviser to management and the board despite the cessation of his involvement in the firm's operations on a day-to-day basis. He has led the company and Benchmark Community Bank as president and CEO for more than a decade.

Jay Stafford will become president and CEO of both the company and the bank upon Walker's retirement.

Dec. 16

Robert DiBella, who was elected president and CEO of Wakefield Bancorp MHC in April, succeeded Brian McCoubrey as president and CEO of Wakefield, Mass.-based Savings Bank following McCoubrey's retirement.

DiBella has been with the bank since 1987.

Savings Bank is a subsidiary of Wakefield Bancorp Inc. Wakefield Bancorp MHC is the bank's ultimate parent.

Once Overland Park, Kan.-based Community Bancshares of Kansas unit Merit Bank merges into Kansas City, Mo.-based Dickinson Financial Corp. unit Academy Bank NA after the close of the two companies' pending deal, Merit Bank President and CEO Mark Emley will remain with Academy Bank as a market president and lead a community banking team in Johnson County, Kan.

Susan Black, president and CEO of Gilroy, Calif.-based Pinnacle Bank, will take on a newly created role in the company as executive vice chairman, effective Feb. 1, 2017.

Black will remain a member of the board of directors following the appointment.

The company's executive vice president and chief banking officer Jeffrey Payne will replace her as president and CEO, effective Feb. 1, 2017. Payne will also join the company's board of directors.

State Street Corp. named Ronald O'Hanley vice chairman.

Hanley, who will continue to be president and CEO of State Street Global Advisors, will assume his new post effective Jan. 1, 2017.

Fort Wayne, Ind.-based STAR Financial Bank promoted Mike Goldman to chief credit officer.

Goldman will replace Bill Wingrove, who is retiring after working at the bank for 43 years. Goldman most recently held the positions of senior credit officer and portfolio manager.

STAR Financial Group Inc. is the bank's parent company.

Dec. 15

Irvine, Calif.-based Opus Bank promoted Balaji Krishna to executive vice president, chief banking officer and head of sales. Krishna was also named a member of the executive committee.

Prior to the new roles, Krishna was senior vice president and head of sales.

Muncy, Pa.-based Muncy Bank and Trust Co. appointed Tammy Gunsallus senior vice president and chief sales officer.

Gunsallus was previously senior vice president for another local bank, overseeing training, retail lending and indirect lending.

Muncy Bank and Trust is a unit of Muncy Bank Financial Inc.