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Sheila E. Ray, Executive Leadership Team

Sheila E. Ray

Chief Talent Officer, Cadence Bank, N.A. and Executive Vice President, Cadence Bancorporation


Sheila Ray, Chief Talent Officer of Cadence Bank and Executive Vice President of Cadence Bancorporation, brings more than 30 years of banking experience in accounting, financial reporting, strategic planning and financial analysis, and information processing.


Prior to joining Cadence in January 2019, Ray served as Chief Financial Officer, Corporate Secretary and Executive Vice President - Finance of State Bank Financial Corporation and State Bank and Trust Company. She also held the position of Chief Operating Officer at State Bank Financial Corporation. Previously, she served as Chief Financial Officer of First Bank of Georgia, Atlanta Bancorporation, Inc., and Bank of Atlanta, as well as on the board of directors of Bank of Atlanta. Before that, she served as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of Eagle Bancshares, Inc., and its subsidiary unitary thrift, Tucker Federal Bank.


In her early career, Ray worked as an independent consultant, providing financial analysis and strategic planning to a variety of community banks. She also served in various leadership roles at First National Bancorp and its subsidiary bank, First National Bank of Gainesville, including the Director of Information Processing and Administrative Support and Director of Internal Audit, and prior thereto held several leadership roles within internal audit at Wachovia Corporation, including Vice President and Deputy Auditor.


Ray is a Certified Public Accountant, a member of the board of trustees at Toccoa Falls College and a member of the board of directors for the Care and Counseling Center of Georgia. She received her Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from the University of Georgia.

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