Community Bank of Manatee has named Kathryn Pemble as its new president and COO. She will also will become a member of the bank's board of directors.

In addition to being responsible for all bank operations, Ms Pemble will work with CEO and chairman, William Sedgeman, and the bank’s board in developing the bank’s long-term strategic plans.

Prior to joining Community Bank of Manatee, Ms Pemble was with Florida Bank, previously named Bank of St Petersburg, in Tampa. During her tenure there, she held the positions of COO, president and CEO of the bank.

Most recently, Ms Pemble held the position of chief credit officer for the bank and holding company, Florida Bank Group. Before joining Bank of St Petersburg in 2004, she was Pinellas County president for Bank of America.

Ms Sedgeman said: “We are excited to welcome Katie to our organization. She is a proven leader whose extensive knowledge and banking experience in Florida will be instrumental in achieving our goal of being the best bank in the Tampa Bay area. Katie joins us at an exciting time as the bank just had a profitable second quarter, and with the support of its shareholders, stands with the highest capitalization in the bank’s 14 year history.”