SouthState Welcomes Slate of Seven Georgia Bankers



“With our forward-thinking technology and client-focused approach, SouthState continues to offer our business customers big-bank products with high-touch service. These new additions bring further skill and initiative to their respective markets, and we look forward to their contributions,” said Richard Murray, SouthState president.

Joining the Atlanta market are three commercial bankers:

Michel Odermatt, middle market team lead, comes to SouthState after six years with AIG Investments as a managing director. Odermatt has additional experience with Truist and Credit Suisse First Boston. He received his MBA from Georgia State University.

John Jordan, middle market relationship manager, joins SouthState following several years with Truist. Gaining experience in the areas of relationship manager, commercial card origination, treasury solutions and liquidity management, Jordan was responsible for sustaining existing client relationships and increasing assets through new commercial clients. Jordan received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Georgia and his MBA from Georgia State University.

Will Peter, middle market relationship manager, is a client management professional with 15 years of experience. He’s spent the bulk of his career in various roles at Regions in capital markets and commercial banking, most recently as director of corporate finance. He received his bachelor’s degree from Tulane University’s A.B. Freeman School of Business.

The Atlanta team also welcomes two premier private bankers:

Dudley Stephens is a leader with more than 29 years of experience in new business initiatives and business development. He most recently served as president of Maison de Papier, growing the specialty stationary brand. In the financial sector, Stephens worked at Burke Capital and founded the company’s capital markets group and led the Atlanta office for Sandler O’Neill + Partners, focusing on investment banking, and equity sales and trading.

Matt White comes to SouthState after growing his career at Synovus over the course of six years. His previous roles included commercial underwriter, portfolio manager, private wealth associate and private wealth credit specialist. White earned his bachelor’s degree from Auburn University.

Joining the Augusta market are two commercial relationship managers:

Chan O’Dell began his financial career in 1998, gaining knowledge and experience through roles in credit underwriting, business banking and commercial banking. Chan received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Georgia and an MBA from Georgia State University. Community involvement includes Leadership Augusta Class of 2012, Leadership Columbia County Executive Forum 2013, Exchange Club of Augusta, and the Augusta Museum of History.

Jason Thornton, formerly of Ameris Bank, brings experience in building portfolios, achieving deposit, loan, and revenue goals, boosting bank name recognition through networking, and developing cross-selling opportunities with other lines of business. He received his bachelor’s degree from Augusta State University. A member of Leadership Augusta Class of 2015, Thornton volunteers with Lake Forest Hills Elementary School PTO, Child Enrichment and Broad Street Augusta.



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Edmund has over 29 years of experience in financial markets in a wide variety of positions, ranging from proprietary trading to portfolio manager in a number of financial institutions in London and Paris.  He previously held the role of Global Head of Equity and Derivative Strategy at BNP Paribas in London from 2015 to 2020, and has been Chief Investment Officer at BNP Paribas Wealth Management since November 2020.

Edmund is responsible for piloting our investment strategy and will continues to rollout out recommendations and themes with actionable advice that brings our expertise to our clients and support to our client-facing teams.  In this time of change, his expertise in following and anticipating markets is a true value added for both our customers and those at Wealth Management who serve them.

Edmund has a PhD in Cognitive and Computing Science from the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom, and has done advanced studies in Knowledge-Based Systems and in Experimental Psychology.  He is an EFFAS-certified financial analyst. He has also authored the book “The Idle Investor” published by Harriman House in 2015, proposing 3 simple investment strategies that take only a few minutes to execute per month.

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