United Community Banks in Blairsville, Ga., has announced a series of executive changes following the retirement of its chief risk officer.

David Shearrow will retire from the $7.4 billion-asset company on Jan. 31. As part of his retirement, United Community will separate its chief credit and chief risk roles, which were combined during Shearrow's tenure.

Brad Miller, the company's general counsel, will take on the added role of chief credit officer, effective Dec. 1.

United Community has also begun looking for a new chief credit officer. It expects to have that post filled before Shearrow leaves.

"Consistent with the structures of other growth-oriented banks our size and larger, we believe that this is an opportune time to separate our risk and credit management disciplines," Jimmy Talent, the company's president and chief executive, said in a press release Thursday.

United Community has 102 branches in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.

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