Columbus banker Robert Anderson has come out of retirement.
Anderson, 66, was been named president of the Columbus Division of Citizens Trust Bank and started his new job Monday. He retired in September 2007 after 36 years with Columbus Bank & Trust Co. He was senior vice president for governmental banking when he left CB&T.
Citizens Trust is a minority-owned bank based in Atlanta. It has one Columbus branch, based in an old CB&T building on Macon Road.
“I have known these folks for years,” Anderson said. “When I was with CB&T, they cashed checks for us in Atlanta and we would do some things for them down here. I got to know them and they’re good people.”
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Anderson said he recently began talking with people in Atlanta about a role in the Columbus office.
“I jokingly said I would consider part time,” Anderson said. “From there the ball started rolling. The job I have taken is certainly not part time. When I got to thinking about it, this is a good situation for me and it’s a good situation for them.”
Citizens Trust President and Chief Executive Officer James Young said Anderson’s background in community banking makes him a valuable asset.
“He is extraordinarily qualified and his community service background will provide us with insight into the needs of the Columbus community so we can provide the kind of products and service that will contribute significantly to the bank’s continued growth and prosperity,” Young said.
“The knowledge I have should help them grow the business in Columbus,” Anderson said. “We’re a small bank. It kind of reminds me of when I first started at CB&T. I feel like I have the skills and attributes to help.”