August 14, 2014 – Diversified Search has placed James H. Sills as president and chief executive officer of Mechanics and Farmers Bank (M&F Bank), the wholly owned subsidiary of M&F Bancorp, Inc., a one-bank holding company headquartered in Durham, North Carolina. The search was led by Diversified Search president Dale E. Jones and Euris Belle, managing director in the firm’s Atlanta office. Mr. Jones said: “We are pleased to be able to bring this national search to a successful conclusion. Mr. Sills’ unique background and experience will undoubtedly serve Mechanics and Farmers Bank well.” Prior to his appointment to the Cabinet of Gov. Markell, Mr. Sills served in multiple senior leadership positions. Earlier in his career, Mr. Sills served as chief operating officer of First Tuskegee Bank and also served as president and CEO of Memphis First Community Bank (now Landmark Bank). Diversified Search, headquartered in Philadelphia, also has U.S. offices in Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, San Francisco and Washington, D.C., and worldwide in Europe, Asia-Pacific, Middle East and the Americas.