GNB Banking Centers announces retirements, promotion

Kent James & Mike Batten (Submitted photos)

DARKE COUNTY – At the end of March, GNB Banking Centers celebrated two retirements.

Mike Batten, Vice President and Consumer Loan Manager retired after 38 years. Mike spent his time at GNB in the Consumer Loan office, where he served as manager for the last 14 years.

President and CEO of GNB Banking Centers, Kent James, also retired after 38 years of service. Kent started his career with GNB as Auditor in 1985. Over the years he held multiple roles and titles including VP/Controller, SVP/Chief Financial Officer, EVP/Chief Operating Officer, and finally President/CEO. He served in that final role from January 2015 through March 2024. Kent will continue to serve as a GNB Board Member.

Upon Kent’s retirement, GNB Banking Centers is pleased to announce that Susan Shields has been promoted to President and Chief Executive Officer. Susan has 40 years of banking experience at GNB. She has held various positions in the organization including Teller, Loan Processor, Compliance Assistant, Auditor, and Executive Vice President/Chief Financial Officer. A graduate of Greenville High School, Susan holds degrees from Edison State Community College, Capital University, and The Barret School of Banking. Throughout her years of service at GNB, she has been actively involved in the community.

Susan Shields (Submitted photo)

She serves as a Board Member for the Greenville Schools Foundation and Wayne HealthCare. Susan is also a member of Greenville Business and Professional Women and St. Mary’s Catholic Church, and she volunteers for various community events. In addition to local involvement, she serves as a Board member for the Community Bankers Association of Ohio. Susan expressed her enthusiasm for her new role stating, “I am honored to be part of the GNB team and look forward to contributing to the company’s growth and success.”

The Board and staff of GNB would like to thank Kent and Mike for their years of hard work and dedication; and wish them many years of happy retirement. They would also like to extend their congratulations to Susan as she transitions to the role as President.