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How One Bank Transformed Its Board & Shareholder Base in 6 Years
Emily McCormick, vice president of editorial & research for Bank Director
The McConnell family has had a controlling interest in Pinnacle Financial Corp., based in Elberton, Georgia, since the 1940s. But over the past few years, Jackson McConnell Jr., the bank’s CEO and chairman, has worked to dilute his ownership from roughly 60% to around a third. “It's still effective control, but it's not an absolute control,” he says. McConnell, a third-generation banker, has seen a lot of family-owned banks struggle with generational change in ownership as well as management and board succession issues, and he’s seen some of it firsthand when Pinnacle acquires another bank. It’s a frequent problem in...
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Emily McCormick is Vice President of Editorial & Research for Bank Director. She oversees research projects, from in-depth reports to Bank Director’s annual surveys on M&A, risk, compensation, governance and technology. She also manages content for the Bank Services Program. You can follow her on Twitter at twitter.com/ehmccormick or get connected on LinkedIn. You can contact Emily at [email protected].