South State in Columbia, S.C., has promoted one of its executives to become chief executive of its bank.

The $8.6 billion-asset company said in a press release Tuesday that John Windley had succeeded Robert Hill Jr. as the bank’s CEO. Windley was already the bank’s president. Hill will remain the company’s CEO.

Windley “is a great banker, leader and has been a critical part of our company’s success,” Hill said in the release. “His role as CEO will ensure that we are responsive to the needs of our customers and positions us for future growth.”

Windley, who joined South State in 2002, previously held several leadership roles during a 26-year career at Bank of America and its predecessors.

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