Heritage Financial Group Inc. of Albany, Ga., said Friday that it has shuffled its management and brought on a new executive to further its expansion strategy.

Heritage promoted three executives to take on additional roles and hired a chief accountant. The management changes follow the $755.4 million-asset company's purchase of the failed Citizens Bank of Effingham in Springfield, Ga., on Feb. 18.

Heritage hired Robert Krimmel, the former controller for Green Bankshares, as senior vice president and chief accounting officer. Heritage gave its chief financial officer, T. Heath Fountain, the added role of chief administrative officer.

David Durland, a market president, was named chief banking officer. Carol Slappy, another market president, was named chief retail administrative officer with a directive to grow the company's retail operations.

Leonard Dorminey, Heritage's president and chief executive, said in a press release that the changes will "give us the strong leadership to execute our strategies, support our growth, and capitalize on opportunities in the shifting banking landscape."

Heritage's assets grew by 32% last year.

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