H. Lynn Harton
H. Lynn Harton
Lynn Harton serves as the president and chief executive officer of United Community Banks, Inc. and its subsidiary bank, United Community Bank. Harton has more than 30 years of experience in the banking industry, with expertise in commercial banking, risk management, turnarounds and change management. Harton is responsible for directing overall operations for United Community Bank and working alongside senior management regarding the strategic direction and expansion of the $19.5 billion holding company.
Prior to joining United Community Bank in 2012, Harton was a consultant and special assistant to the chief executive officer and executive vice president of Commercial Banking for TD Bank Financial Group, headquartered in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. Prior to joining TD Bank, Harton held the positions of president and chief executive officer, head of commercial banking and head of credit and risk at The South Financial Group (which was sold to TD Bank). He also has held various executive positions at Regions Financial Corporation, Union Planters Corporation and BB&T.
Harton earned his bachelor’s degree from Wake Forest University and has participated in various executive programs at Duke University, Wharton, Columbia, Northwestern, the University of North Carolina and the University of South Carolina. He serves as a director of RMA (The Risk Management Association) and serves on its National Community Bank Council. He has also served on a number of other financial boards and committees throughout his career, including the Palmetto Business Forum, RMA National Credit Risk Council, CBA National Small Business Banking Committee and the Equifax Small Business Financial Exchange.
Harton lives in Greenville, South Carolina with wife Flavia, and serves on a number of community boards, including the Greenville County Museum of Art, Artisphere and The Peace Center for the Performing Arts, of which he is currently serving as the chairman of the board.