Karen Martin is the new director of communications for Southern Bancorp Inc. a bank holding company based in Arkansas.

Martin will be responsible for managing internal and external communications – including news dissemination, media relations, public relations, social media and marketing activities – for Southern Bancorp Inc. and its nonprofit affiliate Southern Bancorp Community Partners.

She has held previous posts at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Arkansas Gazette and Arkansas Business Publishing Group. She has also worked in communications and public relations at Baptist Health and Cranford Johnson Robinson Woods (CJRW).

“Community development banks like Southern are ever more critical to the recovery of communities across America,” says Dominic Mjartan, senior vice president. “We are excited to have Karen’s unique talents and skills to help us tell the story of our growing impact, reach and focus on building communities and changing lives.”

Martin, a native of Cleveland, Ohio graduated from Cleveland State University.

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