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Hairston named CEO/president of Hancock Holding

hancockGULFPORT — Hancock Holding Company has announced that John M. Hairston has been named the company’s chief executive officer and president.

Hairston served as CEO and chief operating officer for the parent of Hancock Bank.

He succeeds Carl J. Chaney, who retired effective Friday.

Hairston had been CEO/COO in 2008. He has served as an officer with the company since 1994.

D. Shane Loper was named COO. Loper is currently the company’s Chief Administrative Officer and is a 23-year veteran of Hancock.

Joseph S. Exnicios will become Whitney Bank president from Chaney. Exnicios joined Whitney National Bank in 1978.

Hancock Bank has locations in Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida and Whitney Bank offices in Louisiana and Texas.



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