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For immediate release: March 15, 2011

Atlanta Fed Names Blythe and Phifer Assistant Vice Presidents

Kim Blythe and Elaine Phifer have been named assistant vice presidents in human resources for the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, announced Dennis Lockhart, president and chief executive officer of the Atlanta Fed.

Blythe assumes responsibility for human resource operations, employee support and recruiting talent to the organization. Phifer assumes responsibility for organizational development, compensation and communications.

Blythe joined the Bank in 1996 and has spent her Federal Reserve career as a member of the human resources team. She started as a compensation analyst and was promoted to senior compensation analyst and compensation manager, a position she held for five years. Blythe was then promoted to her current role of business liaison to research and supervision and regulation. Before joining the Atlanta Fed she worked for the State of Georgia and Emory University, both in the compensation field.

Blythe earned a bachelor's degree in industrial and labor relations from Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y. She is also a Certified Compensation Professional (CCP).

Phifer joined the Bank in 2001 as an associate legal counsel. During her career in the legal department, she served as a training resource on employment law compliance, leave management, performance management and coaching, ethics and employee conduct matters. Additionally, Phifer served as senior counsel on the Bank's legal team, serving as the Bank's primary employment attorney and legal adviser to the Human Resources Committee and equal employment officer. She also served as deputy ethics officer.

Prior to joining the Bank, Phifer was in private practice with King & Spalding's litigation group and with Kilpatrick Stockton's business practice group. She has a bachelor of science degree in finance from the University of South Alabama and earned a juris doctorate degree from Georgia State University College of Law in 1994.

The Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta serves the Sixth Federal Reserve District, which encompasses Alabama, Florida, Georgia and sections of Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee. As part of the nation's central banking system, the Atlanta Fed participates in setting national monetary policy, supervises numerous commercial banks and provides a variety of financial services to depository institutions and the U.S. government.