Private Bank of Buckhead, a division of National Bank of Commerce, on Wednesday, June 21, announced the appointment of Robert B. Aland as its Atlanta market president.

Aland most recently served as Birmingham market president for National Bank of Commerce.

He replaces Charles B. Crawford Jr., who helped found Private Bank. Crawford is leaving to help a Philadelphia community bank recapitalize and grow.

Private Bank, including Private Bank of Decatur and PrivatePlus Mortgage, completed its merger with National Bank of Commerce on Jan. 1.

“Private Bank of Buckhead has done an outstanding job of delivering high-touch service and tailored banking and mortgage solutions to individuals and businesses across the metro area and beyond,” Aland said. “I am proud to be part of this team that, in its 11th year, will keep taking the bank to the next level, always with an eye on continual improvement and an ear toward client needs, goals and feedback.”

Robert B. Aland

Aland holds an undergraduate degree and an M.B.A. from Vanderbilt University and has been in banking for 28 years. He will work with Crawford for a month or so to ensure a smooth transition.

“Robert is a great fit for Private Bank of Buckhead and the clients it serves, in terms of both character and culture, and his qualifications and experience are certainly stellar,” said Joel Arogeti, a founding board member of Private Bancshares Inc., the parent company of Private Bank of Buckhead, who now serves on the boards of National Commerce Corp. and National Bank of Commerce.

“We appreciate Charlie’s stewardship of the bank, and we wish him well in his next chapter,” said Arogeti, who is the president and CEO of the Atlanta law firm Kitchens Kelley Gaynes and is the board chair of the Marcus Jewish Community Center.

He said Aland is committed to client-focused community banking and has experience that demonstrates his love of community banking.