First Financial Bankshares elected John Ruzicka executive vice president and chief information officer. Ruzicka was also elected chairman, president and CEO of First Technology Services, the technology subsidiary of First Financial.

“We are delighted to welcome John to the Company’s executive management team and to Abilene,” said F. Scott Dueser, First Financial Bankshares chairman, president and CEO. “John’s knowledge, experience, and expertise will be instrumental in growing the information technology and strategic objectives for our company.”

Ruzicka most recently served as senior vice president of Heartland Financial in Dubuque, IA, and was the chief information and operations officer for eight years at Citywide Banks in Denver, prior to its acquisition by Heartland. He also served as president of Interbank 1 in Colorado Springs, CO, and as an advisory board member for CenturyLink.

Headquartered in Abilene, TX, First Financial Bank operates in 72 locations throughout Texas. The holding company also operates First Financial Trust & Asset Management Company with eight locations and First Technology Services.