Jake Delhomme, who led the Carolina Panthers to the Super Bowl in 2003, was named chairman of the board of MidSouth Bank for both the holding company and its subsidiary, effective December 31, 2016.
Joe Tortorice Jr., a member of the holding company’s board of directors since 2004, will be appointed vice chairman of the board.
Delhomme, a retired Pro Bowl quarterback who has served on the bank’s board for more than four years, will replace Will Charbonnet Sr., who has served as chairman since 1990. Charbonnet is retiring from the board at the end of the year.
Charbonnet, a founding member of the board, guided the bank through the process of being listed on the American Stock Exchange in 1993. At the time, MidSouth was one of the smallest banks in the country to be listed on a public exchange.
“Will has been focused, determined and insightful, and we are eternally grateful that he devoted so many of his professional years to guide our growth from a very small community bank into one with almost $2 billion in assets,” said MidSouth Bancorp President and CEO C.R. “Rusty” Cloutier.
Delhomme led the Carolina Panthers to Super Bowl XXXVIII in his first NFL season in 2003 and was the starting quarterback for the next six seasons. He played his final year of professional football with the Houston Texans in 2011.
“We are thankful for the key role Jake has played in the oversight and governance of our company over the past four years, and for his long-term view about building on our successes and learning from our mistakes,” said Tony Cloutier, the bank’s president.
Lafayette, LA-based MidSouth Bancorp, with assets of $1.9 billion as of June 30, 2016, offers a full range of banking services to commercial and retail customers in Louisiana and Texas.