BOK Financial Names Kymes President and CEO

BOK Financial named Stacy Kymes president and CEO, effective April 1, 2022. Kymes will take on the role upon the retirement of Steven G. Bradshaw. Kymes was also appointed to the company’s board of directors, effective Aug. 3.

Kymes, who has been with BOK for 25 years, has served in various roles with the company, including chief auditor, director of mergers and acquisitions and chief credit officer. In his current role as chief operating officer, which he took over earlier this year, he leads BOK’s revenue-generating business lines, including specialized banking, regional and commercial banking, consumer banking and wealth management.

“Stacy has had deep and varied experience with the company’s lines of business and supporting functions during his career,” George B. Kaiser, board chair for BOK Financial, said. “He has proved able to understand each new responsibility quickly and respond creatively to problems or opportunities. Through my board duties, I have observed his management style, judgment and diligence over the past 10-plus years, which gives me great confidence that he will serve our company well as CEO. The rest of the board joins me in the expectation that Stacy — and the rest of the leadership team — will continue our company’s solid financial performance and commitment to serving our clients and communities.”

“Stacy Kymes is extremely well prepared to assume the role of CEO, and I am confident that the company will thrive under his leadership,” Bradshaw said. “Stacy has the full support of our cohesive executive team and his breadth of company experience will allow him to be a strong leader for BOK Financial.”

“I am excited to step into this role to lead a strong team that is well positioned to take advantage of an improving economy and new growth opportunities,” Kymes said. “I am also humbled to be a part of a strong legacy of leadership that began with George and Stan Lybarger and has continued through Steve’s tenure marked by our earnings growth and strong culture.”

Prior to joining BOK, Kymes was a senior auditor with KPMG US.

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