Premara Financial in Charlotte, N.C., has named an interim president after the abrupt departure of its longtime leader.

Caryn Johnson, the $245 million-asset company's chief operating officer, will also serve as interim president for Premara unit Carolina Premier Bank, according to the Charlotte Business Journal. She succeeds John Kreighbaum, who announced his resignation Tuesday.

Kreighbaum told the Charlotte publication that he wasn't asked to leave, though he declined to discuss where he was going. The bank said Kreighbaum left to pursue other interests.

Premara opened a branch in Washington last year that includes a robot designed to lure customers. Kreighbaum, meanwhile, had expressed an interest in expanding in northern Virginia, possibly with acquisitions.

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