A founding executive of National Bank Holdings Corp. (NBHC) in Greenwood Village, Colo., is stepping down.

Kathryn Hinderhofer, chief of integration, technology and operations, will retire at the end of the year, the $5.1 billion-asset company announced Wednesday. She will serve as a consultant through 2014 to help with the transition and to advise the company on integrations associated with any future acquisitions.

National Bank Holdings will shift Hinderhofer's responsibilities to other executives. Thomas Metzger will become chief of enterprise technology and integration, in addition to his current role as market president for the company's Bank Midwest and Hillcrest Bank divisions. Hinderhofer's remaining responsibilities will be handled by other members of the company's senior management, it said.

Hinderhofer, 62, joined National Bank Holdings in 2009, when it was created to roll up banks. Earlier, she spent 17 years with Royal Bank of Scotland's Citizens Financial Group, where she had overseen integration for acquisitions and sales.

"As a founding executive, [Hinderhofer] has made a tremendous impact on the growth and success of our company," said G. Timothy Laney, National Bank Holdings' chief executive, in the news release. "We are grateful for the numerous contributions she has made during her tenure, in particular her leadership through the integration of our four acquisitions to date, as well as the establishment of a solid infrastructure that will carry us forward as we continue to grow."

National Bank Holdings has bought three failed banks and one open bank since it was founded four years ago. It went public in 2012.

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