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Ty Lambert named chief risk officer for BancorpSouth

BancorpSouth Bank announced the appointment of Ty Lambert as its chief risk officer, effective January 1, 2020. Lambert’s responsibilities include a broad portfolio of functions designed to maintain the integrity of the company’s continued efforts to identify, monitor and mitigate key risks facing the company and be accountable for enabling the efficient and effective governance of significant risks, and related ...

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Gordon Fellows assumes role of MBA president and CEO

Gordon Fellows has been appointed by the Mississippi Bankers Association (MBA) Board of Directors to become the president and CEO of the MBA January 1, 2020. Fellows has been with the MBA since 2012, most recently serving as the Senior Vice President of Government Relations. Since 2012, Fellows has lead association lobbying efforts with elected and appointed state and federal ...

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Leake and Goodlett buildings being demolished; BNA Bank buys property

By DENNIS SEID / Daily Journal TUPELO • The buildings on the historic Leake and Goodlett property downtown in Tupelo are being demolished, making way for what will eventually be an office for BNA Bank. The New Albany-based bank purchased the Main Street property earlier this year for an undisclosed sum, but it has no immediate plans for it. BNA, ...

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Kikuchi named assistant vice president, receives certificate of commendation

Renasant has announced the promotion of Mieko Kikuchi to Assistant Vice President – Japanese Liaison, and the recognition of being awarded the Foreign Minister’s Certificate of Commendation from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan. Kikuchi was recently presented an honorary certificate by the Board of Directors of Renasant Corporation and Renasant Bank to recognize this well-deserved honor. “It is ...

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Southern Bancorp’s Von Kanel promoted to regional president

Southern Bancorp announced the promotion of Wendy Von Kanel to regional president, a leadership position in which she will help manage operations in Phillips and Mississippi County, Arkansas as well as DeSoto County, Mississippi. Von Kanel previously served as Market President for Phillips County. “I want to congratulate Wendy on her well-deserved promotion,” said Southern Bancorp, Inc. CEO Darrin Williams. ...

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The First Bancshares, Inc. and Southwest Georgia Financial Corporation announce merger agreement

The First Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ: FBMS) (“The First Bancshares” or “the Company”), holding company for The First, A National Banking Association (“The First”), and Southwest Georgia Financial Corporation (NYSEAMERICAN: SGB) (“SGB”), parent company of Southwest Georgia Bank, have announced the signing of an Agreement and Plan of Merger (the “Merger Agreement”) pursuant to which The First Bancshares has agreed to ...

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McKinley Deaver, longest serving president of MBA, retires at the end of 2019

McKinley W. “Mac” Deaver will retire as president of the Mississippi Bankers Association (MBA) on December 31, 2019. Deaver has served in this role since 1993, and retires as the longest serving president in 130-year history of the MBA. A native of Purvis, Deaver graduated from Pearl River Community College and then earned a degree in communications from the University ...

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Origin Bancorp appoints Goff to Board of Directors

Origin Bancorp, Inc. announced the appointment of Stacey Goff to the Boards of Directors of Origin and Origin Bank, effective Jan. 1. Goff is Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Administrative Officer for CenturyLink, Inc. where he is responsible for CenturyLink’s legal, corporate strategy, business development, mergers and acquisitions, investor relations, internal and external communications and public policy functions. ...

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Host to succeed Summerford at Trustmark

Trustmark Corp. announced Tuesday that Gerard R. Host has been elected to succeed R. Michael Summerford as chairman of the Board of Directors of Trustmark Corp. and Trustmark National Bank effective April 28, the date of the 2020 annual shareholders’ meeting. Host, with more than 35 years of experience at Trustmark, will remain CEO and will succeed Summerford, who plans ...

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GOOD TOWNS — Vicksburg, Mississippi

This Mississippi River hotspot is known for history, haunts and a 20th Century phenomenon. By Doug Segrest » Spotlighting special towns across Mississippi, Good Towns, presented by Regions Bank, is about the character, the history, the people and the unique things that make a town a special place. High above downtown Vicksburg, overlooking the Yazoo River as it snakes its ...

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