WARSAW, Ind., Sept. 14, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Lakeland Financial Corporation (Nasdaq:LKFN) and Lake City Bank today announced that David M. Findlay has been promoted to President of both organizations and will join their respective board of directors. Mr. Findlay (48) will continue his present oversight of Finance and Accounting, Treasury, Risk Management, Legal, Human Resources, Operations and Technology, and Corporate and Institutional Services. He will also retain his role as Chief Financial Officer.

Michael L. Kubacki (59), who will continue to serve as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of both organizations, commented, "These decisions are in recognition of the excellent contributions David has made to the Bank's success over the past ten years, as well as to underscore his leadership role in our growth plans going forward. We have a very strong team of people here at Lake City Bank, and I look forward to working with David and all of them to continue our progress in the years ahead."

Mr. Findlay added, "Our goal of further strengthening Lake City Bank's reputation as one of the leading banks in Indiana is exciting for the entire Team. With our expansion plans underway in Indianapolis, and our growth continuing in Northern Indiana, the bank will continue to play an important role in contributing to Indiana's economic growth. I am honored and thrilled to have this opportunity in the future."

Mr. Findlay joined the Bank in 2000, after serving in various capacities with Quality Dining, Inc. concluding as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. He began his career with The Northern Trust Company in Chicago in 1984. Mr. Findlay is active in a number of community organizations, including the boards of OrthoWorx, Northern Indiana Workforce, Ivy Tech Community College, WNIT Public Television, YMCA of Kosciusko County, The Logan Center, and the DePauw University Board of Visitors. He lives in Winona Lake, Indiana, with his wife Susan and daughters Audrey and Blair.