Shannon A. Brown Nominated for Election to BancorpSouth Board of Directors
Shannon Brown, FedEx Express Senior Human Resources Executive

TUPELO, Miss., Feb. 10, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- BancorpSouth's Board of Directors announced the nomination of Shannon A. Brown, of Memphis, Tennessee, for election as a director of BancorpSouth, Inc. Brown will stand for election at the annual meeting of shareholders scheduled for April 27, 2016. Brown currently serves as Senior Vice President, Chief Human Resources and Diversity Officer for FedEx Express.

"BancorpSouth is extremely proud to have this highly respected business executive and public service leader stand for election," said Dan Rollins, BancorpSouth Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "Shannon's broad experience in human resource management, his exceptional leadership skills, and exemplary accomplishments and influence while working to better his community and inspire others will serve our company well."

Hassell Franklin, BancorpSouth Lead Director and Chairman of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committees, added, "We are pleased Shannon Brown, upon his election to the board, will be providing his high level of executive leadership, wise counsel and inspiration to BancorpSouth."

As the most senior human resources executive for FedEx Express, Brown provides strategic direction for all human resources practices, policies and operations for the company. His role includes overseeing global initiatives to develop and retain a highly-talented and diverse workforce comprised of 169,000 employees. During Brown's tenure, FedEx has consistently been ranked on Fortune magazine's list of the "World's Most Admired Companies" and Black Enterprise magazine's "40 Best Companies for Diversity."

A native of Memphis, Brown began his career at FedEx more than 30 years ago as a package handler at the Memphis World Hub. As he advanced in his career, he continued to demonstrate exceptional leadership qualities and a strong commitment to service. His executive achievements also include serving as Senior Vice President of HR for FedEx Ground. He has attained many honors, including the FedEx Five Star Award and CEO Five Star Award.

Brown was appointed by Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam to the University of Tennessee System Board of Trustees and to the Advisory Board for Western Governors University. He also serves on the University of Denver's Board of Directors of the Intermodal Transportation Institute.

He has been named to Black Enterprise magazine's lists of "100 Most Powerful Executives in Corporate America" and "Top Executives in Corporate Diversity," as well as Savoy magazine's "Top 100 Most Influential Executives in Corporate America." He is also a member of the Executive Leadership Council (ELC).

His dedication to community service includes the Board of Trustees of Lausanne Collegiate School. Brown is also Chairman of the Board for United Way of the Mid-South, a member of the Central Board of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis, and Board Member of Teach for America - Memphis. He has served as the March of Dimes Executive Champion and received the Crystal Award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Foundation for Philanthropy.

Brown earned his bachelor's degree from National-Louis University in Chicago where he has received the Distinguished Alumni Award.  He earned his master's degree from the University of Denver. He and his family currently reside in Memphis.

About BancorpSouth, Inc.
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