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Regions Bank announces retirement of Charlotte market president

Regions Bank said Wednesday the president of its consumer and business banking operations in the Charlotte metro area is retiring from the Alabama-based company.
Regions Bank said Wednesday the president of its consumer and business banking operations in the Charlotte metro area is retiring from the Alabama-based company.

Regions Bank said Wednesday the president of its consumer-banking operations in the Charlotte metro area is retiring from the Alabama-based company.

Regions spokesman Jeremy King said Ed Hawes’ last day will be May 16. A replacement has not been named, King said.

Hawes, a former Bank of America lender, was tapped in 2006 to lead Regions’ lending and deposit operations in the Charlotte region.

Hawes reported directly to Mike McNamee, who retired last month from his role as area president of banking operations in East Tennessee and North Carolina. Michelle Walters, who most recently served as business banking area executive for Regions in Atlanta, was named McNamee’s replacement. Walters is based in Knoxville, Tenn.

Regions entered North Carolina in 2001 when it bought Charlotte’s Park Meridian Bank. Since then, Regions has pushed to expand lines of business it has added in Charlotte, such as investment banking, capital markets and energy lending. Last year, Regions acquired Charlotte-based investment bank BlackArch Partners.

Regions said it has about 180 employees in Charlotte.

The bank ranks 14th by deposits in the Charlotte metropolitan area, flat from its ranking when it first entered the market. In the Charlotte area, Regions has three branches, according to the latest federal data.

Deon Roberts: 704-358-5248, @DeonERoberts

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