Independent Bank Corporation Announces Senior Management Transition Plan

Feb 16, 2011, 16:11 ET from Independent Bank Corporation

IONIA, Mich., Feb. 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The Board of Directors of Independent Bank Corporation today announced its senior management succession plan under which Brad Kessel will assume the role of President of the Company, effective as of Apr. 1, 2011 and Mike Magee, the Company's current President and CEO, will continue to serve as the Company's CEO until his retirement at the end of 2012.  As part of the transition plan, Mr. Magee will assume the role of Board Chairman as of the date of this year's Annual Meeting of Shareholders.

"This is part of our succession planning and is consistent with our history of transitioning our leaders," said Board Chairman Jeff Bratsburg. "Mike has done an outstanding job of leading the Company through the most challenging economic period in our history.  During that time, the Company has been forced to face a variety of near-term challenges.  With improving performance trends we are now able to focus on the longer term success of the Company, including management succession," commented Mr. Bratsburg.  

Mr. Kessel, the Company's current COO, has over 17 years of experience with IBC in a variety of roles.  "The breadth of Brad's experience with IBC makes him uniquely situated to succeed as President of our Company.  The transition plan will allow Mike to counsel and advise Brad through the expansion of his leadership responsibilities" said Mr. Bratsburg.  

Mr. Magee commented, "I am pleased that the Board has recognized Brad's leadership skills and that it has initiated this plan at a time when we believe we are strengthening our asset base and earnings potential.  I look forward to working closely with Brad and the management team during this time."  In addition to his duties and responsibilities during the transition period, Mr. Magee has agreed to provide consulting services to senior management for the two year period following his retirement.

William Bradford Kessel biographical information – Mr. Kessel, age 46, was appointed Executive Vice President - Chief Operations Officer of Independent Bank in Sept. 2007 in conjunction with the consolidation of IBC's four bank subsidiaries. He joined Independent Bank Corporation in 1994 as Vice President of Finance. In 1996 he was appointed Senior Vice President of Branch Administration for Independent Bank, a position he held until being named as President and CEO of Independent Bank in 2004 (prior to the consolidation of our four bank subsidiaries). Mr. Kessel received his undergraduate degree from Miami University (Ohio) and his MBA from Grand Valley State University.  Mr. Kessel is also a graduate of the Stonier Graduate School of Banking.

Mr. Kessel stated, "I am honored and very appreciative of the Board's confidence in me.  I am excited about the opportunity to lead our experienced and talented employee base in serving the customers of Independent Bank and recognize the challenges that lie ahead in our collective efforts to improve the value of our shareholders' investment in our Company".

About Independent Bank Corporation

Independent Bank Corporation (Nasdaq Symbol: IBCP) is a Michigan-based bank holding company with total assets of approximately $2.5 billion.  Founded as First National Bank of Ionia in 1864, Independent Bank Corporation now operates over 100 offices across Michigan's Lower Peninsula through one state-chartered bank subsidiary.  This subsidiary (Independent Bank) provides a full range of financial services, including commercial banking, mortgage lending, investments and title services.  Independent Bank Corporation is committed to providing exceptional personal service and value to its customers, stockholders and the communities it serves.  

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