To learn more about our executive leadership, click on any of the photos below.   

   Brian Simpson
   Chief Executive Officer
   Bob Reid
Debbie Auman 
   Chief Human Resources Officer

Beth DeSimone
   General Counsel


   Joe Diggs
   Chief Loan Review Officer


   Pam Frey
   Consumer Banking Executive


   Greg Heaton
   Commercial Banking Executive


   Mark Hensley
   CommunityOne Mortgage


   Scott Kittrell

   Managing Director
   CommunityOne Wealth


   Neil Machovec
   Chief Credit Officer

   Angus McBryde


   Greg Murphy
   Chief Workout Officer


   David Nielsen
   Chief Financial Officer

   Maggie Norris
   Head of Operations, 
   Technology & Project Office

   Duke Prestridge
   Chief Information Officer

Brian Simpson, Chief Executive Officer

Simpson has served as Chief Executive Officer of the Bank since October 2011 and was formerly a senior executive officer and Operating Committee member at First Union Corporation, the predecessor of Wachovia Corporation, a banking and financial services company.  Simpson served as the Senior Vice President, Managing Director and Head of Structured Products Group of First Union from January 1998 to December 2001 and as Senior Vice President, Managing Director and Head of Balance Sheet Management of First Union from January 1998 to December 2000.  During his 17-year banking career, Simpson was responsible for balance sheet management, including the management of interest rate sensitivity, funding, and liquidity.  He also led segments of First Union’s capital markets activities.  In addition, Simpson led First Union’s Asset/Liability Committee and was a staff liaison to the Credit/Market Risk Committee of the board of directors.  Simpson also served on First Union’s Credit Committee, Market Risk Committee, and Capital Markets Commitment Committee, and on First Union’s senior regulatory contact team.  Simpson has served as President of Casa Fiora, a family-owned custom drapery business, since its founding in 2002.
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Bob Reid, President

Reid has 30 years of financial services experience, particularly in branch banking and community banking and has served as President of the Bank since October 2011.  Reid retired from Wachovia Corporation in June 2009 as Executive Vice President/Managing Director of the Real Estate Division.  From 2003 to 2008, Reid was President of the Retirement and Investment Products Group at Wachovia.  From December 2000 to April 2003, he served as the CEO of First Union – Pennsylvania/Delaware, providing direct management and leadership for First Union’s branch banking business in Pennsylvania and Delaware.  From December 1997 to December 2000, Reid served as the CEO of First Union – Atlantic, overseeing First Union’s branch banking business in New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut.  In his various leadership positions, Reid has managed diverse areas such as retail banking, corporate banking, commercial banking, business banking, real estate finance, capital management and wealth management.
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Debbie Auman, Chief Human Resources Officer


Auman joined CommunityOne in 1985 as a Human Resources Assistant and then served as Training Director for 4 years before being named Human Resources Director in 1991.  She attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and received a B.S. in Journalism.  Auman is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) by the Human Resource Certification Institute.
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Beth DeSimone, General Counsel


DeSimone was appointed General Counsel in November 2011.  Prior to joining the Company, DeSimone was an attorney at Arnold & Porter, LLP, where she practiced law in the corporate and financial institutions areas.  At Arnold & Porter, DeSimone had been representing the Company since October 2010.  While at Arnold& Porter, DeSimone structured and negotiated mergers and acquisitions and investments of financial services companies.  She also focused on establishing new financial institutions and nonbank subsidiaries for financial services and diversified companies, and assisting institutions in strategic planning and charter review.  DeSimone also concentrated in the consumer banking area.  She structured lending and deposit programs for banks and financial services companies, including lending programs that facilitated the exportation of interest rates from one state to another.  She negotiated business alliances to expand consumer product and services opportunities to new customers, using new technologies.  She also assisted in structuring and resolving issues associated with various card products and alliances.  DeSimone was a regular contributor to the blog on consumer marketing legal issues,  DeSimone assisted in resolving regulatory issues arising under mortgage and other lending activities, including those arising under the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act, the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act, and the Truth in Lending Act, and assisted clients in monitoring the effectiveness of their fair lending programs.
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Joe Diggs, Chief Loan Review Officer


Diggs formerly served as a Credit and Risk Management Examiner with the FDIC.  He has a diverse background in commercial real estate, structured finance, capital markets, credit administration and risk management.  With over 20 years of combined institutional, banking and federal regulatory practice, he is recognized for superior credit and underwriting skills, heading business units and commercial real estate prowess.  Diggs received a B.S. in Business Administration from Strayer University and an M.B.A. in Finance from Loyola University.  He also served in the U.S. Army Reserves for 10 years.
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Pam Frey, Consumer Banking Executive


Frey joined the Bank in 2011 as Consumer Banking Executive and has more than 29 years of experience in the financial services industry with demonstrated leadership and results as a regional president of various geographies for Wachovia Bank.  Her career experiences include building and leading high-performing teams, growing customer relationships, expanding market share and assembling sales and service teams across key markets for revenue generation and customer service success.
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Greg Heaton, Commercial Banking Executive
Heaton joined CommunityOne in August 2012 with over 20 years in the banking industry and extensive sales, business development, and leadership experience.  Having spent the majority of his career in the Charlotte market, he most recently worked with Forest Commercial Bank where he was responsible for establishing a presence in Charlotte and leading their commercial loan production efforts.  Prior to that role, he served as Commercial Line of Business Manager for SunTrust Bank where he oversaw the commercial operations for Western North Carolina and South Carolina.  Heaton received a B.A. in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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Mark Hensley, President, CommunityOne Mortgage 


Hensley joined CommunityOne in 2001 and has more than 30 years of banking experience with a strong background in mortgage.  He became President of CommunityOne Mortgage in 2011, previously serving as Chief Retail Banking Officer for the Bank.  Prior to joining CommunityOne, Hensley served as Senior Vice President and Regional Sales Manager for Wachovia.  He received a B.A. from North Carolina State University and a Certificate in Leadership from the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business.
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Scott Kittrell, Managing Director, CommunityOne Wealth


Kittrell joined CommunityOne in 2003 and has served in various leadership roles at the Bank including Regional President (2003-2009), Director of Operations (2009-2011) and Senior Credit Manager (2011).  He has served as Managing Director of CommunityOne Wealth since October 2011.  He has more than 24 years of financial services experience and previously worked for Wachovia and as an Investment Advisor for Sherwood Capital and Interstate/Johnson Lane Inc.  Kittrell received a B.A. in Economics and Business Management from North Carolina State University and is a graduate of the NC School of Banking and The Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University. 
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Neil Machovec, Chief Credit Officer


Machovec joined the Bank in 2011 as Commercial Risk Executive and was promoted to Chief Credit Officer in January 2012.  He has more than 34 years of banking and credit management experience and previously worked as a Credit Manager for Bank of America.  He received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and economics from Towson University and is a graduate of the Maryland Banker’s School.
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Angus McBryde, Treasurer

McBryde has served as Treasurer for the Bank since October 2011.   From January 1985 to February 2009, he served in a number of positions for First Union Corporation, the predecessor of Wachovia Corporation, and later at Wells Fargo after the two financial services companies merged, including as a Senior Vice President of Wachovia from February 2004 to February 2009. He was a member of the Treasury Balance Sheet Management team responsible for funding and liquidity management.   McBryde chaired the corporate-consolidated Liquidity and Capital Planning Committee, Thrift Liquidity and FHLB Management Committee, and Off Balance Sheet Business Committee.  He was also a member of the Deposit Management Committee and a regular participant on the Asset/Liability Committee.  McBryde was the primary OCC and Federal Reserve contact for funding and liquidity issues and had a C-level leadership role in managing through the financial crisis.  His management responsibilities included leading a ten-person team performing daily management of funding desk and Federal Reserve accounts, liquidity forecasting, contingency-planning stress testing, and planning and executing bank and holding company debt issuance.  Prior to his senior role in Treasury Balance Sheet Management, McBryde ran Wachovia’s funding desk and was a Managing Director in Capital Markets in charge of money market trading.  McBryde spent the first eight years of his career with Wachovia as a commercial lending officer in the Charlotte Corporate Banking Group.

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Greg Murphy, Chief Workout Officer  

Murphy serves as Chief Workout Officer for the Company. From August 2009 to January 2010, he was a Managing Director at Helix Financial, LLC, an international boutique consulting firm that provides professional services and technology solutions to all facets of the commercial real estate, structured finance and investment management industries.  From May 2008 to August 2009, Murphy oversaw the servicing of distressed loan portfolios for two failed real estate construction lenders (IndyMac Bank in Pasadena, California and Silverton Bank in Atlanta, Georgia) at MMC Group, the largest contractor for the FDIC for the servicing of distressed loan portfolios of failed banks.  From May 2007 to May 2008, Murphy was a Managing Director of CRG Partners, a management consulting firm.  He was an Executive Managing Director at Patriarch Partners, LLC, a New York based Asset Management Company, from 2001 to November 2006 and was responsible for establishing its Charlotte office to service approximately $1.3 billion of distressed and underperforming loans purchased from Fleet Boston Financial.  The office grew to approximately $4 billion under management at the time of Murphy’s departure.  Prior to joining Patriarch Partners, from 1991 to 2001, Murphy served as Senior Credit Officer for Bank of America’s Real Estate and Commercial Special Assets (distressed) lending groups.  Before that, he established and managed the real estate and oil and gas distressed loan functions for a Bank of America’s predecessor in Texas.  His tenure with Bank of America spanned 18 years.  Before he joined Bank of America, Murphy spent 12 years as a member of the FDIC’s Division of Liquidation, including serving as Liquidator-in-Charge, with responsibilities that included the reconciliation of the books and records of failed banks as well as the management, servicing and ultimate disposition of the institutions’ lease and loan portfolios.
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David Nielsen, Chief Financial Officer  


Nielsen has served as Chief Financial Officer for the Bank since October 2011.  From July 1998 to May 2010, he served in a number of positions for Wachovia Corporation and later at Wells Fargo, after the two financial services companies merged, including as an Executive Vice President and Group Risk Officer for Wholesale Banking at Wells Fargo.  In that position, Nielsen was responsible for the multi-year integration of Wells Fargo’s commercial/middle-market banking, commercial real estate, corporate and investment banking, and asset management businesses with those of Wachovia.  Specifically, his responsibilities included integrating financial and risk management systems, managing large integration expense budgets, and delivering significant acquisition synergies.  Prior to joining Wells Fargo, Nielsen was a Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer for the corporate banking, commercial real estate, investment banking and capital markets businesses at Wachovia.  He managed strategic and financial planning, divisional management and operational metric reporting, operational risk management, development of quantitative financial models, and various other operating and risk management activities. He integrated a number of acquired banks and mortgage companies, executed multiple business restructurings, implemented expense rationalization efforts and capital efficiency programs, and managed annual investment budgets.  He was a member of senior operating and capital commitment committees at Wachovia.
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Maggie Norris, Head of Operations, Information Systems/Technology & Project Office


Norris joined the bank in 2011 as Stabilization and Integration Project Officer and was named Head of Operations, IS/IT and Project Office in January 2013.  She has more than 27 years of banking experience and previously worked for Wachovia/Wells Fargo and Price Waterhouse.  She received a B.A. in Accounting and Business Administration and is a CPA.
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Duke Prestridge, Chief Information Officer


Prestridge joined the Bank in October 2012 as Chief Information Officer.  He has more than 25 years of Information Technology experience managing large-scale IT operations and enterprise technology systems.  He holds certifications across many critical IT development and management platforms and methodologies.  Prestridge attended Vincennes University and is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).  He has held various national and international leadership positions across multiple technology industries, but has focused primarily on the banking industry.

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