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St. Louis United Way CEO Kimbrough leaving to lead Midwest BankCentre



Orvin Kimbrough, who has worked since 2013 as chief executive of the United Way of Greater St. Louis, is leaving the nonprofit to become the CEO of Midwest BankCentre, effective Feb. 1.

Kimbrough has served on the bank’s board since 2015.

Lemay-based Midwest BankCentre has about 280 employees and 19 banks across the St. Louis region.

Jim Watson, longtime CEO and chairman of Midwest BankCentre, will continue as executive chairman after Feb. 1. He will also continue as vice chairman of Midwest BankCentre Inc., the bank’s holding company.

As CEO of the St. Louis chapter of the United Way, Kimbrough oversaw its growth from the country’s fifth-largest to third-largest chapter, helping raise $82.5 million in annual funding.

A committee has been formed to find Kimbrough’s replacement, and a selection is expected to be in place before his departure.

Read more: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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