MCLEAN, Va.–(GLOBE NEWSWIRE)–Southern National Bancorp of Virginia, Inc. (NASDAQ: SONA) (“Southern National” or the “Company”) announced today that Dennis J. Zember Jr. has been appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Southern National and its wholly-owned subsidiary, Sonabank, as well as a member of the Board of Directors of Southern National and Sonabank, effective February 19, 2020.
Georgia Derrico, Executive Chairman of Southern National, stated “What a great opportunity we have to welcome Dennis to the Southern National leadership team. His expertise in the industry is built on leadership principles and measurable successes for investors and employees. We look forward to having him on board.”
Mr. Zember also commented, saying “I am very eager about partnering with the Board and the employees at Southern National to continue building this exceptional franchise. Together, we will work tirelessly to build value for our investors and our clients. We are going to strive to find areas where we can be unique and be diligent in crafting a dynamic culture that attracts and retains the best bankers.”
Mr. Zember has more than 23 years of financial experience in the banking industry. He most recently served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Ameris Bancorp (“Ameris”) in Atlanta, Georgia. Mr. Zember was Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Ameris from June 2016 through June 2018 and Chief Financial Officer of Ameris from February 2005 through December 2017.