HomeTrust Bancshares in Asheville, N.C., will name a the former North Carolina market president for Fifth Third Bancorp to its board, along with two other professionals.

The $2.7 billion-asset company plans to appoint Robert James, Laura Kendall and Richard Williams to the board on Friday, according to a Monday news release. Each has been a HomeTrust advisory board member since October. HomeTrust will expand its primary board by three seats to 13 members, in order to add the new directors.

James is a senior adviser in Grant Thornton's banking and securities practice, where he has worked since 2012. He previously was president and chief executive of Fifth Third Bancorp's North Carolina market. He has more than 41 years' banking industry experience and will serve on HomeTrust's governance and nominating committee and its compensation committee.

Grant Thornton was not HomeTrust's auditor for its last fiscal year. Dixon Hughes Goodman was its independent auditor in 2015.

Kendall is a managing director at Aurora Management Partners in Charlotte, N.C. She will be added to the audit, compliance and enterprise risk management committees.

Williams recently retired from a 37-year career at Duke Energy, where he was vice president of corporate community affairs and president of the Duke Energy Foundation. He will be added to HomeTrust's governance and nominating committee.

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