For immediate release: Dec. 22, 2011
Carl J. Chaney, president and chief executive officer of Hancock Holding Co., the parent company of Hancock Bank, Gulfport, Miss., and Whitney Bank, New Orleans, La., has been appointed to the board of directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta's New Orleans Branch. T. Lee Robinson Jr., president of Overseas Hardwoods Company Inc. in Mobile, Ala., has been reappointed to the board of directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta's New Orleans Branch. Their terms begin Jan. 1, 2012, and run through Dec. 31, 2014.
Chaney has served in his position since 2006. He also served as chief financial officer of Hancock Bank from 1998 to 2006. Chaney is a member of the board of directors of the Mississippi Power Company and serves as chairman of the Mississippi Bankers Association, treasurer of the board of directors of the Mississippi Economic Council, and a member of the executive committee of the Gulf Coast Business Council. Chaney is former chairman of the Mississippi Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce. He is also an instructor and course coordinator in the bank regulatory law course at the LSU Graduate School of Banking in Baton Rouge, the Alabama Banking School, and the Mississippi School of Banking. Chaney received a bachelor's degree in banking and finance from the University of Mississippi and a juris doctorate degree from the University of Mississippi School of Law.
Robinson has served in his current position since 2000. He is a member of the boards of directors of International Shipholding Corp. and the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce, co-chair of trade. He is a former director of Wells Fargo Bank (South AL/MS Region), advisory board. He served in Operation Desert Storm (1990–91) and resigned commission as U.S. Army captain in 1991. Robinson received his bachelor's degree in economics from Washington & Lee University in 1985. He was commissioned into the U.S. Army Transportation School at Fort Eustis, Va., from 1985–86. He also attended the National Hardwood Lumber Association Inspection School in 1986.
Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta branch directors provide economic information from their industry and the branch territory to the district bank's president and head office directors, who use the information in formulating monetary policy and making discount rate recommendations. Robinson was reappointed by the Federal Reserve Board of Governors in Washington, D.C. Chaney was appointed by the Atlanta Fed's board of directors. The Board of Governors appoints three of the New Orleans Branch directors, and the Atlanta head office directors appoint four.