JACKSON, Miss.Regions Bank on Thursday announced Robert Leard, Commercial Banking Leader for Regions, has been appointed to serve as Market Executive for the bank in Jackson and surrounding communities.

Leard is part of a leadership team of bankers leveraging their local experience and market insights to expand Regions’ client base throughout Metro Jackson and all of Mississippi.

As Market Executive, Leard will work with colleagues and community members to identify opportunities for the bank and its associates to make a meaningful difference in response to local needs. Through volunteer service, nonprofit support, delivering financial education, and more, Leard and Regions’ entire leadership team will consistently reflect the company’s commitment to meeting clients’ needs and supporting the surrounding areas. Leard succeeds Arthur DuCote, who was recently appointed to serve as Market Executive and Commercial Banking Leader for Regions in Montgomery, Ala.

Leard will also continue serving as Regions’ Commercial Banking Leader in Metro Jackson, overseeing local teams that deliver customized financial solutions for large companies and major employers.

“Regions Bank is focused on working closely with local customers and listening to the needs of our communities as we deliver financial services and community support that are designed to make a valuable difference in Metro Jackson and beyond,” said John Turner, Regions President and CEO. “Robert’s expertise, combined with the experience of our entire Metro Jackson leadership team, will help Regions further strengthen its focus on this vibrant area. We are committed to the success of our communities and to consistently developing new ways to serve.”

Leard joined Regions Bank, formerly AmSouth, in 1995 as a consumer credit policy officer and has held several leadership roles, including business banking executive and regional credit executive. His banking career began with Trustmark Bank in Jackson in 1990. He serves on the boards of the Woodward Hines Education Foundation, Habitat for Humanity of the Capital Area, and the Andrew Jackson Council, Boy Scouts of America.

Regions’ leadership team in Metro Jackson also includes Barbara Bowman and Andy Miller, Consumer Banking Managers who are responsible for the company’s branch-banking operations at more than two dozen Regions locations across Hinds, Rankin and surrounding counties. Bowman and Miller bring extensive Jackson-area banking experience to their roles. Bowman joined the bank in 2004 and has worked in financial services in the area since 1980. Miller joined Regions as a local branch manager in 2006.

Further, the Jackson leadership team includes Richard Crowder and Bubba Holloway of Regions Private Wealth Management, a division of Regions that serves investment clients through tailored financial advice and market insights. Crowder, Holloway and their teams reach high-net-worth and ultra-high-net-worth investors across Mississippi with customized solutions designed to accomplish a variety of complex investment, trust and banking objectives.

Crowder offers 34 years of Mississippi financial services experience for the benefit of Regions clients. He joined the bank in May 1984. Holloway has over 35 years of experience serving Regions clients; he joined the company in November 1982.

Barbara Bowman, Andy Miller, Richard Crowder, Bubba Holloway and LoRose Hunter.

Additionally, LoRose Hunter was recently appointed to serve as Community Development Manager overseeing Regions’ work throughout Mississippi to support and enhance the areas where the bank does business. Specifically, Hunter’s efforts will focus on efforts such as affordable housing developments, community revitalization programs and other initiatives that can benefit from the financial expertise of Regions and its teams. Hunter is a 14-year veteran of Regions Bank in Jackson, most recently serving as Financial Wellness Relationship Manager, a role that coordinates financial education programs for over 100 Regions branches. She also has nine years of Business Banking experience with the company.

Together, all of these local leaders, across all departments, will focus their teams on reaching the objectives of Regions360, the bank’s comprehensive approach to meeting customers’ needs. Through Regions360, the company’s bankers learn the unique goals of each customer and collaborate with colleagues from Regions’ various banking departments to develop holistic financial solutions.

“Regions is uniquely positioned to offer the comprehensive services of a larger bank while also providing local bankers who are constantly in touch with the needs of individual customers and communities,” Leard said. “Based on the expertise of our teams, and the resources of our company as a whole, we are able to deliver services that are tailored to meet the needs of the clients we serve. I am honored to lead the collaboration of our teams across Metro Jackson and am committed to building on Regions’ strong foundation of community engagement.”

About Regions Financial Corporation

Regions Financial Corporation (NYSE:RF), with $125 billion in assets, is a member of the S&P 500 Index and is one of the nation’s largest full-service providers of consumer and commercial banking, wealth management, and mortgage products and services. Regions serves customers across the South, Midwest and Texas, and through its subsidiary, Regions Bank, operates approximately 1,500 banking offices and 2,000 ATMs. Additional information about Regions and its full line of products and services can be found at www.regions.com.