SouthState Announces Leadership Changes in Fast-Growing Atlanta Market

SouthState Bank new leadership.

ATLANTA – July 10, 2023 – SouthState Bank announces changes in its Atlanta market leadership designed to better serve its slate of commercial, not-for-profit and private wealth client base.

Several key bankers recently moved into new positions as they take on additional responsibilities, tapping into their years of experience in the constantly evolving region.

“These leaders are well poised to deliver commercial and wealth strategies that our clients demand. Each one is prepared to meet and exceed expectations while maintaining the personal relationships they’re known for,” says Doug Williams, president of the Atlanta banking group and head of corporate banking.

Ashley Carson, recently promoted to Atlanta commercial division president, has extensive experience with both commercial and not-for-profit lines of business, as well as premier private banking. She joined SouthState 16 years ago.

Terry DeWitt most recently served as North Atlanta regional president before his promotion to Atlanta community division president. He’s been with SouthState and its community banking predecessors for 15 years.

Brian Harper will now lead the Atlanta commercial and not-for-profit banking team. Following stints at First Virginia Bank and BB&T in both retail and commercial banking roles, he joined Atlantic Capital in 2009. He led Atlantic Capital’s small business and CRA lending team prior to joining the SBA team in 2013. Harper has also served as division manager, where his team was consistently recognized as one of the Top 50 SBA lending teams in the country.

Ed Jenkins has been named line of business manager for the Atlanta middle market banking team in the wake of John May’s retirement from SouthState. He joined Atlantic Capital in 2007 after several years as a commercial banker at SunTrust.

Shellee Spagnoletto joins SouthState as director of the Atlanta premier private client group. She most recently led private banking and wealth management at Ameris Bank. She is a Certified Financial Planner and private banker with 30 years of leadership roles serving in the wealth management arena.

Kira Deter, SouthState’s new director of loan syndication, most recently worked at Bank of America where she served as a member of a nationwide syndications team dedicated to the commercial bank with coverage of the Georgia, Florida and Alabama markets. She also held managerial roles at Truist, PNC and Wells Fargo during her career.

SouthState Corporation (NASDAQ: SSB) is a financial services company headquartered in Winter Haven, Florida. SouthState Bank, N.A., the company’s nationally chartered bank subsidiary, provides consumer, commercial, mortgage and wealth management solutions to more than one million customers throughout Florida, Alabama, Georgia, the Carolinas and Virginia. The bank also serves clients coast to coast through its correspondent banking division. Additional information is available at SouthStateBank.com. # # #

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