• James D. Rollins III

    Chairman & CEO

    James D. Rollins III is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Cadence Bank. He has served as Chairman of the Board since April 2014 and Chief Executive Officer since November 2012.

    Prior to that, he served as president and Chief Operating Officer of Prosperity Bancshares, Inc., headquartered in Houston, Texas, and director of Prosperity Bancshares from 2006 to 2012. Mr. Rollins served as Senior Vice President of Prosperity Bancshares from 2001 until 2006 and became President of Prosperity Bank in 2005. He served as Executive Vice President of Prosperity Bank from 2002 to 2004 and President of the Matagorda Banking Centers of Prosperity Bank from 1994 to 2002. From 1983 to 1994, Mr. Rollins worked for First State Bank and Trust Company in Port Lavaca and Bay City, Texas.

    Mr. Rollins received a bachelor of business administration degree in finance from the University of Texas at Austin in 1983. He is a 1989 graduate of the Southwestern Graduate School of Banking at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. He graduated from the National Commercial Lending School in 1993 at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Oklahoma.

    Active in community and industry activities, Mr. Rollins serves as chairman of the North Mississippi Health Services' board of directors and is a member of the finance committee and major gifts committee for the Healthcare Foundation of North Mississippi. He leads the company's volunteering efforts, and previously served as the co-chair of the Hope and a Future capital campaign for the Salvation Army in Tupelo, Mississippi. He is married to Becky Rollins (formerly Buchanan), and they have two grown children, Kristin and J.D. 

  • Joseph W. Evans

    • Lead Independent Director

    Joseph W. Evans served as Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer of State Bank Financial Corporation and its subsidiary, State Bank and Trust Company, which merged with Cadence on January 1, 2019. He is the former Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Flag Financial Corporation and previously served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Bank Corporation of Georgia and Century South Banks, Inc. Mr. Evans serves on the board of directors of Southern Trust Insurance Company. He is Chairman of the Buckhead Coalition and a member of the board of councilors of the Carter Center. He is also a member of the board of trustees of the Foundation of the Methodist Home of the South Georgia Conference and Chairman of the Investment Committee. Mr. Evans serves on the board of trustees of the Georgia Tech Foundation as Vice Chairman/Chair Elect and as a member of the Executive Committee. He also serves on the Executive Committee of the advisory board of the Scheller College of Business at Georgia Tech.

  • Shannon A. Brown


    Shannon A. Brown was the Senior Vice President of Air, Ground, and Freight Services and Chief Diversity Officer for FedEx Express, a wholly owned subsidiary of FedEx Corporation, the largest express transportation company in the world. He was associated with FedEx for more than 40 years. Prior to holding his position at FedEx Express, Mr. Brown was the Senior Vice President, Human Resources with FedEx Ground from 2005 to 2008.

  • Deborah M. Cannon


    Deborah M. Cannon is the former President and Chief Executive Officer of Houston Zoo, Inc. from 2005 to 2015. From 1974 to July 2004, Mrs. Cannon served in a number of different positions with Bank of America, including as Executive Vice President and President of the Houston Region. Mrs. Cannon qualifies as an “audit committee financial expert” as defined under Securities and Exchange Commission regulations.

  • Charlotte N. Corley


    Charlotte N. Corley is the former commissioner of the Mississippi Department of Banking and Consumer Finance (DBCF). Corley retired from the DBCF in January 2020 after 34 years of distinguished service. She began her career in the banking industry at Great Southern National Bank prior to joining the DBCF as a bank examiner in 1985. She rose swiftly through the ranks of the DBCF and became the banking division director in 2000, then deputy commissioner in 2013 and finally commissioner in 2014. During her tenure as commissioner, assets of state-chartered banks in Mississippi increased by nearly 50 percent from $60 billion in 2014 to almost $90 billion in 2019.

  • Virginia A. Hepner


    Virginia A. Hepner served as a director of State Bank Financial Corporation from September 2010 until it merged with Cadence on January 1, 2019. Ms. Hepner served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of The Woodruff Arts Center from 2012 until her retirement in July 2017. Before joining The Woodruff Arts Center, Ms. Hepner was a business consultant with DMI, Inc., an entertainment and music marketing company, from 2011 until 2012. She serves on the boards of directors of Oxford Industries, Inc., a publicly traded lifestyle brands retailer, and National Vision Holdings, Inc., a publicly traded optical retailer. Ms. Hepner has more than 25 years of corporate banking experience with Wachovia Bank and its predecessors.

  • William G. Holliman


    William G. Holliman is one of the cofounders and currently serves as President of HomeStretch Furniture, a private company founded in 2009 and based in northeast Mississippi that specializes in the manufacturing of reclining motion furniture. Prior to cofounding HomeStrech Furniture, Mr. Holliman was employed by Lane Furniture for approximately two decades where he served as President and held several management positions over the course of his employment.

  • Warren A. Hood Jr.


    Warren A. Hood has served and continues to serve on numerous community and philanthropic boards. Mr. Hood is currently the Chairman and CEO of Hood Companies, Inc., a corporation with 70 manufacturing and distribution sites throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Mr. Hood qualifies as an “audit committee financial expert” as defined under Securities and Exchange Commission regulations.

  • Keith J. Jackson


    Keith J. Jackson is the President of Positive Atmosphere Reaches Kids, a non-profit organization founded by Mr. Jackson in 1993 that is headquartered in Little Rock, Arkansas, and works with at-risk youth to provide positive reinforcement for success.

  • Precious W. Owodunni


    Precious W. Owodunni is president of Mountaintop Consulting, a business strategy and branding company that serves leading corporations and financial services, law, and private equity firms. Prior to establishing Mountaintop, Ms. Owodunni was a vice president at Goldman, Sachs & Co., where she made private equity investments in high growth businesses and served on the board of several portfolio companies. Ms. Owodunni began her Goldman career as an investment banker in the Mergers & Strategic Advisory Group, advising energy, retail, and industrial companies on M&A and corporate finance transactions. Ms. Owodunni currently serves as a board member of the Houston Parks Board and the Episcopal Health Foundation.

  • Alan W. Perry


    Alan W. Perry is an attorney with the law firm Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, LLP. Prior to February 2015, Mr. Perry was a member of the law firm Forman Perry Watkins Krutz & Tardy LLP for 28 years. Mr. Perry serves on the  boards of two charitable foundations with the primary purpose of supporting colleges and universities in Mississippi. He is a former member of the Standing Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure of the Judicial Conference of the United States and served as Law Clerk to Judge Charles Clark, United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit.

  • Marc J. Shapiro


    Marc J. Shapiro was a director for Cadence and its predecessors from 2010 to 2018. He was formerly the non-executive Chairman of JPMorgan Chase & Co.’s Texas operations and Vice Chairman for Finance and Risk Management of JPMorgan Chase & Co. from 1997 through 2003. Prior thereto, he served as Chief Executive Officer of Texas Commerce Bank’s statewide organization after it was purchased by JPMorgan Chase. Mr. Shapiro is currently a member of the board of trustees for Rice University and the board of advisors of the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice University. He also currently serves as Chairman of the Board of the Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center Hospital, and as a member of the board of trustees of Baylor College of Medicine and a member of MD Anderson Cancer Center’s Board of Visitors.

  • Thomas R. Stanton


    Thomas R. Stanton has served as Chief Executive Officer of ADTRAN, Inc. since 2005 and Chairman of the Board since 2007. Prior to joining ADTRAN, Inc., he served as an executive for Transcrypt International, Inc. and held several senior management positions with the E. F. Johnson Company.