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Simmons First National Corp (SFNC.OQ)

SFNC.OQ on NASDAQ Stock Exchange Global Select Market

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

George Makris

60 2014 Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer

Robert Fehlman

52 2013 Chief Financial Officer, Senior Executive Vice President, Treasurer

David Garner

47 2016 Executive Vice President, Chief Accounting Officer, Controller

Paul Kanneman

59 2017 Executive Vice President, Chief Information Officer

Patrick Burrow

63 2014 Executive Vice President, General Counsel

Jennifer Compton

44 2015 Executive Vice President, Chief People Officer, Assistant General Counsel

Marty Casteel

65 2014 Senior Executive Vice President

Barry Ledbetter

54 Executive Vice President and Chief Banking Officer

Stephen Massanelli

61 2014 Executive Vice President - Organizational Development

Johnny McCaleb

63 2016 Executive Vice President, Chief Audit Executive

Steven Wade

62 Executive Vice President and Chief Credit Officer

Susan Lanigan

54 2017 Director

Tom Purvis

2017 Director

Russell Teubner

59 2017 Director

Jay Burchfield

71 2015 Independent Director

William Clark

47 2008 Independent Director

Steven Cosse

69 2004 Independent Director

Mark Doramus

58 2015 Independent Director

Edward Drilling

61 2008 Independent Director

Eugene Hunt

71 2009 Independent Director

Jerry Hunter

63 2017 Independent Director

Christopher Kirkland

47 2015 Independent Director

Scott McGeorge

73 2014 Independent Director

Robert Shoptaw

70 2006 Independent Director

Mindy West

47 2017 Independent Director

Biographies

Name Description

George Makris

Mr. George A. Makris, Jr., has been appointed as Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer of the Company. He was elected to the Board in 1997. He is currently serving as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Company. Prior to his employment by the Company on January 2, 2013, Mr. Makris had been employed by M. K. Distributors, Inc. since 1980 and had served as its President since 1985. Mr. Makris previously served as a member of the board of directors of National Bank of Commerce from 1985 to 1996 and served as Chairman of the Board from 1994 to 1996. Mr. Makris received a B.A. degree in Business Administration from Rhodes College in 1978 and an M.B.A. from the University of Arkansas in 1980. Mr. Makris also serves as Chairman of the board of directors of The Economic Development Corporation of Jefferson County, Arkansas and a member of the board of trustees of the Jefferson Regional Medical Center. He has previously served as Chairman of the board of trustees of the Arts and Science Center for Southeast Arkansas, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Economic Development Alliance for Jefferson County, Chairman of the board of directors of the Greater Pine Bluff Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of the King Cotton Classic Basketball Tournament, Chairman of the board of trustees of Trinity Episcopal School, a director of Simmons First National Bank, a director of the Wholesale Beer Distributors of Arkansas, a director of the National Beer Wholesalers Association, a director of CHI St. Vincent. and a member of the board of visitors of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, College of Medicine.

Robert Fehlman

Mr. Robert A. Fehlman is Chief Financial Officer, Senior Executive Vice President, Treasurer of the Company. He served as Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President of the company. Mr. Fehlman, a Certified Public Accountant, has worked for a regional public accounting firm and has served in leadership positions in Audit and Accounting before assuming his current responsibility as CFO. Mr. Fehlman will have oversight responsibility for the Financial and Planning Group of the Corporation.

David Garner

Mr. David W. Garner is Senior Vice President, Chief Accounting Officer, Controller of the Company. He has been employed by the Company and its subsidiaries in their audit and accounting groups since 1997. Most recently, Mr. Garner served as Senior Vice President and Controller of the Company. Mr. Garner holds a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He received the designation of Certified Public Accountant in 1996 and Certified Risk Professional in 2002. He has attended the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants Banking School at the University of Virginia and is a member of the Arkansas Society of Certified Public Accountants, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the National Investor Relations Institute.

Paul Kanneman

Mr. Paul D. Kanneman is Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer of the Company., and Bank. Mr. Kanneman was hired as Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer on January 2, 2017. Prior to becoming an officer of the Bank, he was a Principal and the National Business Advisory Services Practice Leader at Grant Thornton LLP, an international accounting and advisory firm.

Patrick Burrow

Mr. Patrick A. Burrow is Executive Vice President and General Counsel of the Company. Mr. Burrow was elected as Executive Vice President and General Counsel on December 15, 2014 and as secretary on January 20, 2016. Prior to becoming an officer at the Company, he was a managing member of the law firm Quattlebaum, Grooms, Tull & Burrow PLLC. Mr. Burrow had provided legal representation to the Company in various capacities over the last 30 years.

Jennifer Compton

Ms. Jennifer B. Compton is Executive Vice President, Chief People Officer and Assistant General Counsel of the Company. Mr. Compton was hired as Executive Vice President, Chief People Officer and Assistant General Counsel on September 15, 2015. Prior to becoming an officer at the Company, she was Senior Vice President of Human Resources at Acxiom Corporation, a public company that provides enterprise data, analytics, and other information technology services.

Marty Casteel

Mr. Marty D. Casteel is Senior Executive Vice President of Simmons First National Corporation. Mr. Casteel has been served Executive Vice President - Administration of Simmons First National Bank (SFNB) with responsibility for retail branching, management, cash management, and operations support. He will continue his responsibility with SFNB, and assume added duties with oversight of the administrative functions of the Corporation. He has previously served as Executive Vice President of Simmons First Mortgage Company and other positions within the Retail Banking Group.

Barry Ledbetter

Stephen Massanelli

Mr. Stephen C. Massanelli is Executive Vice President - Organizational Development of the Company. Mr. Massanelli was elected Executive Vice President/Organizational Development on December 15, 2014 and subsequently was designated as Chief Administrative Officer. Prior to becoming an officer at the Company, he was a principal in the investment firm Treadstone Partners, LLC from 2011 to 2014 and served as a Senior Vice President and Treasurer of Zale Corporation from 1997 - 2010.

Johnny McCaleb

Mr. Johnny W. McCaleb is Executive Vice President, Chief Audit Executive of the Company. Mr. McCaleb was hired as Executive Vice President and Chief Audit Executive on June 20, 2016. He was previously an Audit Partner at BKD, LLP, a national accounting and advisory firm.

Steven Wade

Susan Lanigan

Ms. Susan S. Lanigan is Director of the Company. Ms. Lanigan has served as Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Chico’s FAS, Inc. since May 2016. She previously served as Executive Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary of Dollar General Corporation, as well as Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary of Zale Corporation. Ms. Lanigan currently chairs the Tennessee Education Lottery Commission and is a member of the board of directors of Kirkland’s, Inc. She is a graduate of the University of Georgia and the University of Georgia School of Law.

Tom Purvis

Mr. Tom Purvis is Director of the company. He previously served as a director of First Texas BHC, Inc., which the Corporation acquired on October 19, 2017. He is a real estate broker and president of Continental Real Estate, Inc., a Texas-based commercial real estate company. He also serves as managing partner to a portfolio of real estate assets and consulting ventures. Mr. Purvis is a member of the boards of directors of Streams & Valleys Inc. and the Fort Worth Zoo. He attended the business school at the University of Texas and graduated from Texas Christian University.

Russell Teubner

Mr. Russell W. Teubner is Director of the company. He previously served as a director of Southwest Bancorp, Inc., which the Corporation acquired on October 19, 2017. He is the founder and chief executive officer of HostBridge Technology, LLC, an Oklahoma-based technology firm. He previously served as president of Esker, Inc. and as director of Esker Software. Mr. Teubner is a director for the OSU Center for Innovation and Economic Development and an advisory council member for the OSU Museum of Art. He is a graduate of Oklahoma State University.

Jay Burchfield

Mr. Jay D. Burchfield is an Independent Director of the Company. He was appointed to the Board in 2015. He is the retired Chairman of Ozark Trust and Investment Corporation and its subsidiary company, Trust Company of the Ozarks. His career has spanned over 40 years, primarily in the banking and financial services industry. Mr. Burchfield formerly served as an Advisory Director of Liberty Bancshares, Inc., which was acquired by the Company in February 2015. He received a B.S. degree in Marketing in 1968 and M.S. degree in Education in 1972 from Central Missouri State University. Mr. Burchfield graduated from the Graduate School of Banking of the South at Louisiana State University in 1980. Mr. Burchfield is a veteran of the U. S. Army.

William Clark

Mr. William E. Clark, II, is an Independent Director of Simmons First National Corporation. He was elected to the Board in 2008. He is the Chief Executive Officer of Clark Contractors, LLC, a general contractor involved in commercial construction throughout the United States. Prior to the formation of Clark Contractors, LLC in 2009, he was employed by CDI Contractors from 1994 through 2009, where he served in various capacities culminating in his serving as Chief Executive Officer from 2007 to 2009. Mr. Clark received a B.S.B.A. degree in Business Management from the University of Arkansas in 1991. He is chairman of the UAMS Foundation Fund Board of Directors, a past President/Chairman for the UAMS Consortium and Arkansas Children’s Hospital Committee for the Future, and a member of Fifty for the Future, Young Presidents Organization, St. Vincent Foundation, Little Rock Christian Academy Board of Trust and the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute. The Board believes that Mr. Clark’s experience within the commercial

Steven Cosse

Mr. Steven A. Cosse is an Independent Director of Simmons First National Corporation. On August 31, 2013, he retired as President and CEO of Murphy Oil Corporation, a Fortune 500 company listed on the New York Stock Exchange, following his election on June 20, 2012. Mr. Cossé has previously served as the Executive Vice President and General Counsel for Murphy Oil Corporation. He had served as General Counsel since 1991 and had also previously served as Senior Vice President, Vice President and Principal Financial Officer. Prior to joining Murphy Oil Corporation as General Counsel, he served for eight years as General Counsel for Ocean Drilling & Exploration Company in New Orleans, Louisiana, a NYSE listed, majority-owned subsidiary of Murphy Oil Corporation. Mr. Cossé received a B.A. degree in Government from Southeastern Louisiana University in 1969 and a Juris Doctorate degree from Loyola University in 1974. Mr. Cossé also currently serves on the boards of Murphy Oil Corporation (a NYSE listed company), and SHARE Foundation. He is past chairman of the South Arkansas Chapter of the American Red Cross and is on the advisory board of Turning Point. Mr. Cossé is a member of the Louisiana Bar Association, Arkansas

Mark Doramus

Mr. Mark C. Doramus is Independent Director of Simmons First National Corporation. He serves as Chief Financial Officer of Stephens Inc., an independent financial services firm headquartered in Little Rock, Arkansas. He has served in several capacities at Stephens, including the corporate finance department from 1988 to 1994, Assistant to the President from 1994 to 1996 and Chief Financial Officer since 1996. He began his career in 1980 with Arthur Andersen & Co. in Dallas, Texas, where he worked as a Certified Public Accountant. He joined the Dallas, Texas office of Trammell Crow Company in 1983, where he worked until he joined Stephens in 1988. Mr. Doramus was a member of the CHI St. Vincent Infirmary Board of Directors from 2007 to 2016, serving as chairman from 2012 to 2014. Mr. Doramus was a member of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Board of Visitors from 2004 to 2016. Mr. Doramus served on the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation board from 2004 to 2009, serving as Chairman in 2009. Mr. Doramus graduated from Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee, with a B.A. degree in Economics and Business in 1980 and received his M.A. degree in Real Estate and Regional Science from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas in 1982.

Edward Drilling

Mr. Edward Drilling is Independent Director of Simmons First National Corporation. He was elected to the Board in 2009. He joined AT&T (then Southwestern Bell Telephone Company) in 1979 and has served in various operations positions including customer service, sales and marketing, and the external affairs organization. He was named President of AT&T’s Arkansas Division in 2002. Mr. Drilling received a B.S. degree in Marketing from the Walton College at the University of Arkansas in 1978 and graduated from the Emory University Advanced Management Program in 1991. Mr. Drilling has served on numerous boards over the last 30 years, including: past Chairman of the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce, Arkansas Children’s Hospital Board of Trustees, University of Arkansas Board of Advisors, former President of the Little Rock, Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, UAMS Arkansas BioVentures Advisory Board, former President of Fifty for the future, former Vice Chairman of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission. The Board believes that Mr. Drilling’s experience as an executive within the telecommunication and information technology industry having participated in various industry transitions, mergers and technology changes provides needed skills in the assessment of the technology risks of the Company, the security measures to address these risks and valuable insights involving the executive management of a large enterprise.

Eugene Hunt

Mr. Eugene Hunt is Independent Director of Simmons First National Corporation. He was elected to the Board in 2009. He is an attorney in private practice in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. Mr. Hunt began his practice in 1972 and has thereafter been involved in the active practice of law within Arkansas, primarily in Southeast Arkansas. He served as Judge on the Arkansas Court of Appeals from August through December, 2008 and has served as a Special Circuit Judge and Special Justice on the Arkansas Supreme Court. Additionally, he served as Director of the Child Support Enforcement Unit, Jefferson County, Arkansas from 1990-2001. Mr. Hunt received a B.A. degree in History and Government from Arkansas AM&N College in 1969 and a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Arkansas Law School in 1971. Mr. Hunt also serves on the boards of The Economic Development Corporation of Jefferson County, Arkansas, Jefferson Hospital and Youth Partners. He is a member of the NAACP and has served as an NAACP Affiliate Attorney since 1978.

Jerry Hunter

Mr. Jerry M. Hunter serves as Independent Director of the Company. He was appointed to the Board in January 2017. He is a partner in the Commercial Litigation and Labor & Employment Law Client Service Groups of the international law firm Bryan Cave LLP. Mr. Hunter previously served as Labor Counsel for the Kellwood Company, Director of the Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations, and General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board. Mr. Hunter received a Bachelor’s Degree in History and Government with a Minor in Mathematics from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff in 1974 and a Juris Doctorate degree from Washington University School of Law in 1977. Mr. Hunter has served on the boards of the Kellwood Company, Boys Hope Girls Hope International, Associated Industries of Missouri, St. Louis Regional Convention and Sports Complex Authority, U.S. Congress Office of Compliance, American Arbitration Association, Maryville University, and the U.S. Senate Small Business Committee Advisory Council.

Christopher Kirkland

Mr. Christopher R. Kirkland is Independent Director of Simmons First National Corporation. He was appointed to the Board in 2015. He is a private investor and conducts his real estate investment operation as The Kirkland Group. Mr. Kirkland most recently served as a principal of Anchor Investments, LLC, a private, real estate investment company based in Nashville, Tennessee. The Company had a strategic focus to acquire, own, develop and manage income-producing commercial properties in the Southeast United States and to purchase and reposition residential land or properties. Mr. Kirkland sold his interest in Anchor Investments in 2015. Prior to forming Anchor Investments, Mr. Kirkland was the managing member of Kirkland Properties, LLC which he co-founded in 1994. While operating Kirkland Properties, Mr. Kirkland further developed skills as a successful investor in commercial real estate, focusing on the development or redevelopment and management of underperforming real estate assets. Mr. Kirkland also had an ownership interest in SouthLand Constructors, LLC, a commercial contracting company based in Brentwood, Tennessee which he operated for 10 years prior to selling the company to a construction holding company based in Chicago, Illinois in 2014. Mr. Kirkland received a B.A. degree in economics from the University of Tennessee – Knoxville in 1992 and an M.B.A. degree from the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University in 1998.

Scott McGeorge

Mr. Scott McGeorge is Independent Director of the Company. He was elected to the Board in 2005. He is the senior member of a group of McGeorge and McGeorge - Dickinson family owned companies that include Pine Bluff Sand & Gravel Co., McGeorge Contracting Co., Inc. and Cornerstone Farm and Gin Co., where he serves as Chairman, Chairman and Vice President, respectively. The companies perform marine construction in a multistate regional area, build highways and similar projects, mine various minerals and produce and sell stone products, asphalt pavement and sand. Cornerstone is engaged in farming operations. Mr. McGeorge previously served on the board of directors of National Bancshares Corporation and its wholly owned subsidiary National Bank of Commerce of Pine Bluff during the mid 1980’s before it was purchased by Boatmen’s Bank. He was on the commercial and industrial loan committee, which approved the largest loans the bank made. Mr. McGeorge received a B.S. degree in Business Administration from the University of Arkansas in 1965. He graduated from U. S. Coast Guard Officer Candidate School and served as an officer in the U.S. Coast Guard for three years.

Robert Shoptaw

Mr. Robert L. Shoptaw is an Independent Director of Simmons First National Corporation. He was elected to the Board in 2006 and was designated as the audit committee financial expert on the Company’s Audit & Security Committee in December, 2012. Mr. Shoptaw retired as president of Arkansas Blue Cross Blue Shield (“ABCBS”), a mutual health insurance company, in 2008, terminating his 39 years of service to that organization. During the 1970s and 1980s, he served in various management and executive capacities with a primary focus in medical services management, professional relations and government programs administration (Medicare administrative operations). In 1987, Mr. Shoptaw became the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of ABCBS and was named President and CEO in 1994. After retiring as President and CEO in 2008, he served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of ABCBS from 2009 to 2016. Mr. Shoptaw received a B.A. in Economics from Arkansas Tech University in 1968, an M.B.A. from Webster University in Business Administration and Health Services Management and completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard University Business School in 1991. Mr. Shoptaw serves as a member of the board of directors of Arkansas Center for Health Improvement, the Little Rock Metrocentre Improvement District, Arkansas Research Alliance and is the immediate past Chairman of the board of visitors of The University of Arkansas College of Medicine.

Mindy West

Ms. Mindy K. West serves as Independent Director of the Company. She was appointed to the Board in January 2017. She currently serves as the Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer at Murphy USA Inc., a retailer of gasoline products and convenience store merchandise listed on the New York Stock Exchange, and has held that role since August 2013. Ms. West was previously employed by Murphy Oil Corporation, joining the company in 1996 and holding positions in accounting, employee benefits, planning and investor relations. She was Murphy Oil Corporation’s director of investor relations from July 2001 until December 2006 and its Vice President and Treasurer from January 2007 until August 2013, when she joined Murphy USA Inc. Ms. West holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance from the University of Arkansas and a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Southern Arkansas University. She is a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Treasury Professional. The Board believes that Ms. West’s experience in accounting and finance, as well as her leadership roles in large, public companies, provide needed skills for assisting in the management of the Company’s business, including audit, risk management, internal controls and capital management.