Old National creates business development role

Roland Shelton

Roland Shelton was promoted to fill the newly created role of executive vice president, strategic business partnerships at Old National Bank, Evanston, Ind.

Previously, Shelton was executive business development officer in Old National’s Terre Haute and Indianapolis markets. The new position will help “drive positive social change while at the same time delivering strong, relationship-based services and support to the business sector,” the bank said.

With more than 30 years of management, sales and leadership experience, Shelton was instrumental in launching Old National’s recent partnerships with Butler University and the Mid-States Minority Development Council to promote and support underrepresented businesses. He also previously managed fund development campaign strategies totaling over $200 million and helped launch two General Motors car brands (the Chevrolet Corvette C6 and Cadillac XLR convertible).

He serves on the Ivy Tech Foundation Board of Directors (and chairs its development committee) and is board secretary for the Mid-States Minority Development Council. He also serves on the Kentucky Wesleyan University Board of Trustees, the Terre Hate Board of Public Works, the State of Indiana Workforce Development Board and more.

In addition to his business development goals, Shelton will work in partnership with Old National’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion team to develop and drive diversity recruiting strategies and enhance career development efforts for individuals of color. He will also seek to broaden community and economic development partnerships throughout the Old National footprint.

“I can’t think of a better, more qualified executive leader to help Old National drive business development opportunities for minority-owned businesses and other underrepresented groups,” said Jim Ryan, chair and CEO of Old National. “I’m confident that Roland’s passion, energy and expertise will enable us to make a significant positive impact in the communities we serve.”

The $22 billion Old National has branches in Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota.