Michael Beckwith named chief banking officer at German American Bank

Michael Beckwith was appointed executive vice president, chief banking officer at Jasper, Ind.-based German American Bank, effective April 1.

Beckwith will succeed the retiring Randall Braun, who is stepping away following a dozen years with the organization and 31 years of banking experience. 

Beckwith, former president and CEO of First Security Bank, Owensboro, Ky.,  joined German American Bank when it acquired the bank in 2018. Beckwith, a board member of the Kentucky Bankers Association, has a Bachelor of Science degree from Butler University, Indianapolis.  

 “We wish [Braun] well in his retirement years and thank him for his dedicated leadership and service to our customers, employees, shareholders and communities,” said President and CEO Neil Dauby. “Throughout the course of his career with German American, [Braun] has played a critical role in strengthening our culture of teamwork and collaboration, growing our company both organically and through acquisitions, and driving superior financial performance.”  

The transition is part of the company’s management succession planning, a process that has taken place over the past several years. “We are excited to expand [Beckwith’s] leadership role within our organization,” Dauby added. “He consistently demonstrates the qualities that define German American’s culture.”