Mark Smith Joins Hancock Whitney As Director Of Private Wealth Management


GULFPORT, Miss. —Longtime Southeast financial services executive Mark Christopher Smith recently joined Hancock Whitney Bank as Executive Vice President and Director of Private Wealth Management. Having earned the esteemed Certified Wealth Strategist® (CWS) designation from Cannon Financial Institute, the veteran banker will lead the high-net-worth teams within Hancock Whitney’s private wealth management group.

“Mark Smith has established a superior record of leadership and service in the wealth management arena, reinforced by strong management success in the consumer banking sector,” said Chief Wealth Management Officer Miles Milton. “We believe his experience and expertise will prove invaluable as we deliver our comprehensive, customized approach to helping our clients grow and protect their assets.”

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Smith came to Hancock Whitney from BBVA Compass, where he served 12 years as an executive vice president and the global wealth executive for that bank’s Birmingham, Huntsville, and Montgomery, Alabama, markets. Earlier in his career, he rose to key leadership roles in consumer and business banking, credit administration, and product development at Regions Financial Corporation.

“I am excited to part of a great financial services organization with a rich history and talented private wealth management teams throughout the Gulf South region that focus daily on our clients achieving their financial goals and dreams,” said Smith. “At Hancock Whitney Wealth Management, we have the expertise, products, and services to deliver tremendous value for our high-net worth clients and families with a localized team and customized approach.”

Smith holds a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing from Auburn University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He also graduated from the prestigious Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University, the Georgia State University Center of Executive Education Management Development Program, and The University of Texas at Austin Executive Leadership Development Program. Additionally, he maintains Financial Institute Regulatory Authority (FINRA) series 7 and 63 securities licenses.

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