CORAL GABLES, Fla., March 10, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Capital Bank Financial Corp. (Nasdaq:CBF) today announced the appointment of Edward Holden as Capital Bank's Market President for South Florida. Mr. Holden is an experienced banking executive with over 30 years serving clients in southeast Florida. Throughout his distinguished career, he has worked in a variety of lending and management capacities, including middle market, commercial, retail, real estate and international lending. In addition to operational management responsibilities, Mr. Holden has been responsible for implementing growth strategies within established markets and expanding banking operations into new geographic markets. Mr. Holden most recently served as Wells Fargo's Senior Vice President, Group Regional Vice President for Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties. Previously, he also served as, among other positions, Executive Vice President – Manager, Domestic Personal and Commercial Banking Division for Mercantil Commercebank, Executive Vice President/Corporate Lending – Broward/Palm Beach Counties for Union Planters and Executive Vice President/Corporate Lending Division for Republic National Bank of Miami. Mr. Holden earned his Bachelor of Science and Masters of Business Administration from University of Florida. He has a long history of involvement with local community organizations, having previously served as a Trustee for Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce and Board member of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Miami and the Beacon Council Foundation. Gene Taylor, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Capital Bank Financial Corp., commented, "We are very pleased to have Ed join the Capital Bank team. He is a well-known, professional banker who brings an excellent reputation for integrity and an intimate knowledge of the South Florida market to Capital Bank. He shares our commitment to providing customers with value-added financing solutions and is known for building strong relationships with his clients and teammates. We are confident of Ed's ability to help Capital Bank become the premier regional bank in the Southeast."