• 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.

  • Paul B. Murphy Jr.

    Executive Vice Chairman

    Paul B. Murphy Jr. is Executive Vice Chairman of Cadence Bank. He has served at Cadence and its predecessors since January 2010. Prior to that, he spent 20 years at Amegy Bank of Texas, helping to steer that institution from $75 million in assets and a single location to assets of $11 billion and 85 branches in the Houston, Dallas and San Antonio metropolitan areas when he left as a director and Chief Executive Officer in December 2009. Mr. Murphy managed the sale of Amegy to Zions Bancorporation for $1.7 billion in 2005, with original investors in Amegy realizing a return of approximately 36 times their initial investment. Mr. Murphy is an advocate of the community and has served on numerous corporate and nonprofit boards. Currently he is on the boards of Oceaneering International Inc., Natural Resource Partners, Hope and Healing Center and Institute, Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and the City of Houston Complete Communities Advisory Board. He also is active in the World Presidents Organization.

  • Larry G. Kirk

    • Lead Independent Director

    Larry G. Kirk served as the Chairman of the Board of both publicly held and non-profit organizations. Mr. Kirk currently serves as Chairman of the Company’s Audit Committee, a position he has held since 2003. Mr. Kirk qualifies as an “audit committee financial expert” as defined under Securities and Exchange Commission regulations.

  • Gus J. Blass III

    Director

    Gus J. Blass III is the General Partner of Capital Properties, LLC, an investment management company with which he has been associated for over 40 years. Mr. Blass has served on the boards of directors for public, non-public as well as non-profit organizations. Mr. Blass qualifies as an “audit committee financial expert” as defined under Securities and Exchange Commission regulations.

  • Shannon A. Brown

    Director

    Shannon A. Brown is 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 has been 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

    Director

    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

    Director

    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.

  • Joseph W. Evans

    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.

  • J. Richard Fredericks

    Director

    Ambassador J. Richard Fredericks is a Founding Partner and Managing Director at Main Management, LLC, a position he has held since 2002. Previously, he was an Entrepreneur in Residence at Weston Presidio. Prior to that, Mr. Fredericks was the U.S. Ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein from 1999 to 2001 and prior thereto was a Partner and later Senior Managing Director at Montgomery Securities. He is a director of Janus Capital Group, Inc. and a Member on the Advisory Board of Financial Technology Ventures. Mr. Fredericks also sits on the Trust Fund Board of the Library of Congress.

  • Virginia A. Hepner

    Director

    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

    Director

    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.

    Director

    Warren A. Hood has served and continues to serve on numerous community and philanthropic boards. Mr. Hood is currently the Chairman 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

    Director

    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

    Director

    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

    Director

    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

    Director

    Marc J. Shapiro was an advisory 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

    Director

    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.

  • Kathy N. Waller

    Director

    Kathy N. Waller served as Chief Financial Officer and President, Enabling Services of The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE: KO), where she led the company’s global finance, technical and shared services organizations, and represented the company to investors, lenders and rating agencies. After 32 years, Ms. Waller retired from The Coca-Cola Company on March 15, 2019. Ms. Waller also serves on the boards of directors for Delta Airlines (NYSE: DAL), CGI Group (NYSE: GIB) and Beyond Meat. In addition, she is a member of the Board of Trustees of Spelman College and The Woodruff Arts Center.

  • J. Thomas Wiley Jr.

    Director

    J. Thomas Wiley, Jr. served as Chief Executive Officer, Director, President and Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of State Bank Financial Corporation and its subsidiary, State Bank and Trust Company, which merged with Cadence on January 1, 2019. Mr. Wiley is the former Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of Coastal Bankshares, Inc. and its subsidiary bank, The Coastal Bank. Prior to that, he served as the Vice Chairman/Director of Flag Financial Corporation and as President and Chief Executive Officer of its subsidiary bank, Flag Bank. Mr. Wiley is a managing principal of Bankers’ Capital Group, LLC and serves on the board of governors of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce and the board of trustees of the Atlanta Police Foundation. He also serves as Co-Chairman of the Valdosta State University Capital Campaign.