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BancorpSouth’s Gordon Lewis to retire

BancorpSouth Senior Executive Vice President Gordon Lewis is retiring effective Dec. 12. Lewis joined BancorpSouth in conjunction with the merger of First United Bancshares into BancorpSouth in 2000 where he was the regional chairman responsible for First United’s banks in Texas and Louisiana. Lewis also served as chairman, president and CEO of Fredonia State Bank in Nacogdoches, Texas, as part of the First United Bancshares senior management team. Following the merger, Lewis continued to have senior management responsibilities for BancorpSouth’s Texas and Louisiana region.

In 2008 he was promoted to vice chairman of the company’s Community Bank Division, assuming management responsibilities for all BancorpSouth community bank locations throughout its eight-state footprint.

Lewis’ management responsibilities will be distributed among several BancorpSouth executives. Chris Bagley, president and COO, will coordinate the transition of duties with James Threadgill, senior executive vice president and chief business development officer. Day-to-day management responsibilities will be assumed by Greg Ray, executive vice president and chief banking officer, and Tommy Darnell, executive vice president and chief sales officer.

Threadgill, a member of the company’s seven-person Executive Management Committee, will assume responsibility for all business development activity of the company including all product lines and business units.
Darnell will be relocating to Tupelo to assume his new role as executive vice president and chief sales officer.

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