Pilot Bank in Tampa, Fla., has recruited Rita Lowman, the chief operating officer of C1 Bank in St. Petersburg, Fla., to be its COO.

Roy Hellwege, Pilot's president and CEO, told American Banker on Wednesday that Lowman will start in the in the newly created position on Sept. 26.

Lowman, C1's operating chief since 2011, will run the retail and IT divisions as well as deposit operations at the $243 million-asset Pilot.

"We've never had anyone that has managed all three of those areas before," Hellwege said.

"Rita fits our culture, in terms of being focused on advocacy and relationships, and she's a proven executive manager of taking small community banks and building them into highly profitable institutions, and her skill sets were perfectly aligned with our needs," Hellwege said.

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