First Tennessee Bank in Memphis is giving a veteran regional leader an unusual retirement present: a chairmanship.

The $27.3 billion-asset unit of First Horizon National said Monday that it has named Pam Fansler chairman of the East Tennessee region, of which she has been president since 2011. Fansler, 64, will serve in that role from March until she retires in July.

Dave Miller, executive vice president of consumer banking, will succeed Fansler as the region's president in March.

Fansler joined the bank in 1976. She was appointed president of the Knoxville region in 2003.

"Pam Fansler has been the face of First Tennessee in Knoxville for 15 years, and she will continue to provide community leadership, mentoring and business development as she works with Dave Miller on his transition into her former role," David Popwell, president of banking for First Horizon, said in a press release.

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