Susquehanna Bancshares (SUSQ) in Lititz, Pa., announced several executive changes.

The $18 billion-asset company on Thursday named Andrew Samuel, president and chief executive of its bank, to the additional role of bank chairman. The position was previously held by William Reuter, the company's chairman and CEO.

Samuel's "leadership has been integral to the development of our bank's regional, community-focused structure," Reuter said in a press release. "As a key member of the executive leadership teams of both the bank and the holding company, he plays a critical role in helping to align all our resources to provide the best financial products and services to customers."

Susquehanna also promoted Michael Harrington to become chief financial officer. Michael Harrington, who had been treasurer, succeeded Drew Hostetter, who retired at the end of last year.

Christopher Holt was appointed to the newly created post of chief credit officer at the bank. He previously served as the bank's manager of commercial real estate lending. He will report to Michael Quick, Susquehanna's chief corporate credit officer.

The company announced earlier this month that it had hired Kevin Burns to help head its risk management team.

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