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BB&T appoints two new regional presidents for Atlanta region

Financial holding company BB&T has named Bobby Blakley as president of its Buckhead-based North Atlanta region and Derek Lane as president of its Peachtree City-based South Atlanta region.

Mr Blakley, who joined BB&T in 1988, has served as president of the South Atlanta region since 2005. He succeeds Tasia Katapodis, who has left BB&T.

Mr Blakley has served as a BB&T financial center manager in Kernersville and Goldsboro, North Carolina, and a business services officer in Sanford and Greensboro, North Carolina. He was named as BB&T’s area executive for South Atlanta in 2002 and president of BB&T’s South Atlanta Region in 2005.

Mr Lane, who joined BB&T in 1987, has served as senior credit officer for its Atlanta area operations since 2002. He previously served as a business services manager in Goldsboro, North Carolina, senior credit officer in Charlotte, North Carolina, and senior credit officer and corporate banker in Asheville, North Carolina.

Lars Anderson, president of Georgia operations at BB&T, said: Bobby successfully built BB&T’s franchise in South Atlanta and was instrumental in integrating some key Main Street Bank markets into the BB&T network in 2007. Lane’s background and experience with BB&T in the Atlanta market make him a natural fit as Bobby’s successor.