Jefferson Harralson serves as executive vice president and chief financial officer of United Community Banks, Inc. Harralson has more than 25 years of experience in the financial services industry. He is currently responsible for managing and directing all accounting, financial and reporting activities for the company. He is also responsible for mergers and acquisitions, investor relations, treasury, capital and strategic planning, budget, and forecasts.
Prior to joining United in 2017, Harralson was a managing director for Keefe, Bruyette and Woods. He joined KBW as vice president in 2002, and was charged with rebuilding the firm’s Southeastern Bank Research effort after the events of September 11, 2001. He has led KBW’s small and midsized bank research team, and most recently, was associate director of research for the entire firm. Harralson has spent his career focused on the banking industry, particularly small and midsized banks.
Harralson is a native of Kentucky, received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Washington & Lee University and his master’s degree in finance from Georgia State University. He currently serves on Georgia State’s J. Mack Robinson College of Business Advisory Board.