Joseph S. Exnicios, senior executive vice president of Hancock Whitney Corporation and president of Hancock Whitney Bank, will retire on March 1. He has been with the company since 1978.
“Joe Exnicios has been a driving force behind our organization’s success as a financial and community partner throughout the metropolitan New Orleans region for the past 46 years,” John Hairston, president and CEO of Hancock Whitney Corporation, said. “Having been a bank leader in the New Orleans market early in his career, Joe transitioned to lead the commercial bank before assuming several executive positions, ultimately reaching the role of bank president. While Joe has enjoyed tremendous success as an executive, his greatest gift has been in coaching and mentoring hundreds of young bankers during his many years in service.”
A New Orleans native, Exnicios came to the company as an entry-level batch clerk, moving to the statement desk to answer inquiries and later working as a paying and receiving teller.
In the 1980s, Exnicios became a certified public accountant and attorney, both as a full-time associate. He became a CPA while leading the bank’s Harrison Avenue financial center in New Orleans and earned his Loyola University law degree while serving as a platform lender. Eventually, he rose to become chief corporate banking officer, chief risk officer and, finally, president in 2011.
“We are extremely grateful for Joe’s longtime commitment to our company and communities. While we’ll miss his being an active associate with the company, his mentorship will help the next generation of bankers build on his exceptional legacy of leadership and service. I will also personally miss Joe’s constant counsel and unassailable optimism. We wish for Joe and his wife a healthy and happy new chapter in life,” Hairston said.
As president of Hancock Whitney Bank, Exnicios has led the company’s compliance with the Bank Secrecy Act, corporate risk management, facilities and credit risk. During his career, he has also received honors and awards for his business, civic, educational and cultural leadership and service in New Orleans.
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