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 WINSTON-SALEM, N.C., Nov. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Southern National Corporation (NYSE: SNB) today restructured its two western regions in North Carolina and named Charlotte regional executive Jerry Blue head of retail banking.
 In a related move, senior vice presidents Fred Groce and Gay Nell Hutchens will assume additional responsibilities as regional executives. Groce's West Region is expanding from six to 14 cities, including Charlotte, while Ms. Hutchens will serve a dual role as city executive officer of Winston-Salem and as head of the newly created Piedmont Region in North Carolina.
 Jim Stewart, city executive of Winston-Salem since 1988, has been named regional executive officer of the Piedmont Region in South Carolina and city executive officer of Greenville, S.C. Stewart will direct the Piedmont and Greenville operations following Southern National's merger in January with The First Savings Bank, a $2 billion savings bank based in Greenville.
 In addition to the Queen City, the new West Region is expanding to include portions of the former Southwest and Northwest Regions. The West Region now consists of Boone, Cherryville, Eden, Elkin, Gastonia, Hickory, Madison, Mocksville, Mt. Airy, North Wilkesboro, Statesville, Valdese and Yadkinville. The new Piedmont Region includes Winston-Salem, the largest city by deposits in Southern National's network, and Kernersville. Winston-Salem and Kernersville were formerly a part of the West Region.
 "These changes reflect the tremendous amount of faith and respect we have in these people to move our bank forward," said Gary Carlton, president of Southern National Bank of North Carolina. "Southern National is growing and changing all the time, and we need people who are motivated by challenges."
 As head of the bank's retail banking division, Blue will be in charge of sales management and product development. Since 1988, Blue has directed from Charlotte the bank's Southwest Region, which included Charlotte, Cherryville, Gastonia, Laurinburg, Mt. Gilead, Rockingham, Hamlet and Wadesboro.
 A native of Carthage, Blue joined Southern National as a trainee in 1962. He graduated from the School of Banking of the South from Louisiana State University in 1969 and from the Executive Management Program from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1987. Blue will direct retail banking operations out of Winston-Salem, headquarters for Southern National's North Carolina bank.
 For Groce, the addition of Charlotte to his region is a welcomed one. Before joining Forsyth Bank and Trust Company in Winston-Salem in 1975, Groce worked for NCNB in Charlotte for six years and served as city executive of nearby Monroe from 1973 to 1975. Groce is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the Executive Management Program at UNC and the Stonier Graduate School of Banking at Rutgers University. Groce will continue to operate his region from Winston-Salem.
 Ms. Hutchens, who became last year the first female regional executive in Southern National's history, has more than 30 years experience in the financial industry. She is the former chief operating officer and corporate secretary of First Federal Savings Bank of Winston- Salem, which merged with Southern National earlier this year.
 In addition, she is an active member of her hometown of Winston- Salem. Ms. Hutchens currently chairs the Metropolitan YMCA of Greater Winston-Salem and serves on the Board of Visitors of the Babcock Graduate School of Management of Wake Forest University Alumni Council. She recently completed a term as co-chairperson of the Leadership Winston-Salem Alumni Council.
 Southern National, with $5.3 billion in assets, is the fifth largest bank holding company in North Carolina and the fifth largest in South Carolina. It operates 169 offices in 88 cities in the Carolinas.
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 /CONTACT: Bob Denham, Public Relations, 919-773-7363, or Gary E. Carlton, president, 919-773-7215, both of Southern National/

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