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Cadence Bank Welcomes Stephen Welling as Retail Banking Executive

Welling will lead retail strategy, sales and product development

BIRMINGHAM, Ala., October 24, 2019 – Cadence Bank today announced the addition of Stephen (Steve) Welling as Retail Banking Executive. Welling joins the bank’s senior leadership team and is charged with enhancing retail strategy, productivity and product development.


“Steve is an important addition to our senior leadership team and will help take our retail banking group to new heights,” said Sam Tortorici, CEO of Cadence Bank. “We value the role that our retail bank plays in meeting the needs of our customers and supporting our continued growth. Steve’s leadership will help us to innovate and stay competitive in the face of evolving customer expectations, technological capabilities and shifting economies.”


Welling was with BBVA Compass Bank for the past 16 years, and most recently served as regional retail and mortgage executive for Alabama and Florida. In that role he was responsible for the sales and management of 133 branches with $6.7 billion in deposits and 790 employees. Welling previously held multiple leadership roles with BBVA Compass including city president for Pensacola, senior district retail executive for Houston, and district retail executive for Central Alabama, among others. He began his banking career at AmSouth Bank as an assistant branch manager.


At Cadence, Welling will be responsible for leading and transforming the 98-branch retail franchise to better serve the communities in which the bank operates. Improving employee engagement, customer experience, product delivery and the retail operating model are immediate priorities. “Our legacy as a client-focused bank coupled with transformation to become an even more nimble and efficient organization will create a better experience for our team members, clients and communities,” Welling said.


Welling earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida and is a graduate of the University of Texas McCombs School of Business’s Executive Leadership Program.


About Cadence Bank


Cadence Bank is a leading regional banking franchise with $17.9 billion in assets as of September 30, 2019, and 98 branch locations in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Tennessee and Texas. Backed by 132 years of financial expertise, Cadence provides corporations, middle-market companies, small businesses and consumers with a full range of innovative banking and financial solutions. Services and products include commercial and business banking, treasury management, specialized lending, asset-based lending, commercial real estate, SBA lending, foreign exchange, wealth management, investment and trust services, financial planning, retirement plan management, personal and business insurance, consumer banking, consumer loans, mortgages, home equity lines and loans, and credit cards. Clients have access to leading-edge online and mobile solutions, interactive teller machines, and more than 55,000 ATMs. The Cadence team of 1,800 associates is committed to exceeding customer expectations and helping their clients succeed financially. Cadence Bank, N.A. is a subsidiary of Cadence Bancorporation (NYSE: CADE). For additional information, visit Cadence Bank, N.A. Member FDIC. Equal Housing Lender. NMLS#525022.





Danielle Kernell

Cadence Bank

713-871-4051 direct | 713-392-7709 mobile

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