John Womack to Be CEO of Arvest in Central Arkansas

Arvest Bank says John Womack, currently president of its banking operations in Fort Smith, will become chairman and CEO of Arvest's Central Arkansas operations effective Tuesday, July 6.

Womack replaces Larry Choate, who resigned from the post earlier this month.

"I can't wait to hit the ground running in Little Rock next week," Womack said in a prepared statement.

Arvest has not named a successor for Womack in Fort Smith.

Womack is a graduate of Pine Bluff High School, Arkansas Tech University in Russellville and the Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge.

He began his banking career in 1974 at City National Bank in Fort Smith and moved to Fourth National Bank in Tulsa in 1983, where he rose to senior vice president. In 1992, Womack was named president and chief operating officer of Citizens' Bank in Lawton, Okla., where he remained until joining Arvest Bank as president of the Fort Smith market in 1999.

Womack, president-elect of the Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University, serves on boards with the Arkansas Tech University Foundation, the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith Foundation, St. Edward Mercy Health System and the U.S. Marshal's Museum Foundation.

He was chairman of the Arkansas Bankers Association in 2007. Womack and his wife of 34 years, Becky, have two adult daughters.