Joe Gottron Joins Heartland Bank as EVP and Chief Administration Officer

GAHANNA, Ohio, May 25, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Heartland BancCorp (OTCQB:HLAN), parent company of Heartland Bank, today announced that Joe Gottron has joined the executive team at Heartland Bank as EVP and Chief Administration Officer. In addition to Information Technology, Cyber & Information Security, Joe will also take a leadership role with the new Distribution Strategies department.

“Joe not only brings a vast amount of experience to our team in the technology space, across multiple industries, he also has a passion for developing talent and building high performance teams. I look forward to the positive impact he will have with our existing strong team,” said Scott McComb, Chairman, President and CEO of Heartland Bank. “I also appreciate and value Joe’s enthusiasm for engaging and giving back in the community, which is a big part of who we are at Heartland Bank.”

Prior to joining Heartland Bank in early April, Joe spent 8 years at Cardinal Health, where he held the position of Chief Information Officer (CIO) of the Pharmaceutical Segment. In that leadership role, he was responsible for the technology strategy, planning, solution implementation and business application support underpinning the core businesses of Pharmaceutical Distribution, Nuclear Pharmacy Services, and Specialty Solutions. Prior to Cardinal Health, Joe spent 6 years at the Huntington National Bank, where he led the technology team as the Chief Information Officer. He started his professional career at IBM, where over the course of 16 years he held a variety of sales, marketing and leadership roles.

Dedicated to the Central Ohio community, Gottron is actively engaged in a variety of ways. Most recently, he joined the Board of Directors at Sophisticated Systems, Inc. (SSI). He also just recently completed an Executive In Residence curriculum enhancement engagement with Columbus State Community College. At Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD), he currently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees. In 2015, he served as the Chairman of the American Heart Association Central Ohio Heart Walk. In prior years, he has also served on the board of CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), the Gahanna-Jefferson Education Foundation and the Gahanna-Lincoln High School Business Advisory Council.

About Heartland BancCorp - Heartland BancCorp is a registered Ohio bank holding company and the parent of Heartland Bank, which operates twelve full-service banking offices. Heartland Bank, founded in 1911, provides full-service commercial, small business, and consumer banking services; alternative investment services; insurance services; and other financial products and services. Heartland Bank is a member of the Federal Reserve, a member of the FDIC, and an Equal Housing Lender. Heartland BancCorp is currently quoted on the OTC Markets (OTCQB) under the symbol HLAN. Learn more about Heartland Bank at

In May 2015, Heartland was ranked #77 on the American Banker magazine's list of Top 200 Publicly Traded Community Banks and Thrifts based on three-year average return on equity ("ROE") as of 12/31/14.

Media Contact: G. Scott McComb – 614-337-4600

Source:Heartland BancCorp