The board of directors of Highlands State Bank, the wholly-owned banking subsidiary of Highlands Bancorp has appointed Steven Ackmann as the Bank’s president and chief operating officer.

In the new role as the head of the bank, Ackmann will manage the Bank’s strategic and business objectives, the US based community bank said.

George Irwin will continue to remain as acting chief executive officer and chairman of the board of Highlands State Bank, and as president and chief executive officer of Highlands Bancorp.

Prior to joining Highlands State Bank, Ackmann has served in lead positions including president of The Bank of Princeton, and president and chief executive officer of Fidelity D&D BanCorp and its subsidiary, Fidelity Deposit and Discount Bank.

Ackmann has also served as executive vice president and chief operating officer of FNB Corporation, and as president and chief operating officer of Promistar Financial Corporation, Johnstown, Pennsylvania, and its subsidiary Promistar Bank.

Headquartered in Vernon, New Jersey, Highlands State Bank is a full service community bank with branch offices in Sparta and Totowa, New Jersey and offers deposit and loan banking services to consumers and businesses in northern New Jersey.