Ameris Bancorp in Moultrie, Ga., an active buyer of failed competitors, on Tuesday appointed a president for its bank.

Andrew Cheney was named to the post and also becomes chief operating officer of Ameris Bank, the $2.4 billion-asset company said in a press release. He succeeds Edwin Hortman Jr., who remains the president and chief executive of the company and CEO of the bank.

Cheney, who joined Ameris in February 2009, will keep an office in Jacksonville, Fla.

Since October, Ameris has bought three banks from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. to expand in Florida and Georgia.

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