Simmons names new president for Kansas bank operations

08/14/2014 4:53 PM

08/14/2014 4:53 PM

Simmons First National Bank has promoted Wichita president Andrea Scarpelli to oversee all of the Arkansas-based bank’s operations in Kansas, Scarpelli said on Thursday.

Scarpelli, who has been Simmons’ top local executive since the bank took over the failed Security Savings Bank in October 2010, said her promotion came with the departure of Pat Anderson, Kansas region chairman, who was promoted and transferred to the bank’s home state.

“I will continue to be in the Wichita market,” Scarpelli said of her plans to remain here. “This is the market that has provided Simmons the greatest level of growth, and we expect to continue to do that.”

As regional executive and senior credit officer, Scarpelli said she will oversee an area that comprises 10 offices in Wichita, Salina and Johnson County.

She said in the past year, the bank in Kansas has grown its loan portofilo by 30 percent and its core deposits by 15 percent.

Scarpelli spent nearly 20 years as a commercial lender for the former Bank IV and Bank of America before joining Olathe-based Security Savings in 2008 as its Wichita president.

Simmons First is a $4.4 billion bank based in Pine Bluff. It operates two branches in Wichita.

Reach Jerry Siebenmark at 316-268-6576 or Follow him on Twitter: @jsiebenmark.

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