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Paul Kanneman Joins Simmons Bank as EVP, CIO (Movers & Shakers)

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Paul Kanneman has joined Simmons Bank as executive vice president and chief information officer. In his role as CIO at Simmons, Kanneman’s duties will include management of information technology infrastructure, physical and information security, data analytics, business applications and information technology project management.

Kanneman worked the previous 14 years for the international accounting firm Grant Thornton and was based in Dallas. Kanneman has more than 30 years of experience in management consulting, technology management and governance advisory services. During his time at Grant Thornton, Kanneman served in multiple leadership roles, including time as the national managing principal of the firm’s technology, business consulting, governance, risk and compliance services. He served clients in the banking and financial services industries ranging from small community banks to global financial services companies.

Kanneman graduated from the University of Toledo in Ohio and then served as a U.S. Army intelligence officer for seven years.


Ben Wilburn has joined Equity Bank in Harrison as assistant vice president and commercial lender. He previously was a credit analyst and commercial banker for Arvest Bank’s Clarksville and Harrison locations.


Richard T. Puloma recently joined the Arkansas State Bank Department in Little Rock as an information systems examiner trainee. Puloma has been employed since graduation in May 2016 as an assistant manager at Puloma Properties LLC in Conway.


Landi Mkhize has been promoted to chief financial officer of Chambers Bancshares Inc. in Danville, the holding company for Chambers Bank. Mkhize, a 2005 graduate of the University of Arkansas, spent eight years with the Arkansas State Bank Department before joining Chambers Bank in 2013 as controller. He was CFO until his most recent promotion.


See more of this week’s Movers & Shakers, and submit your own announcement at ArkansasBusiness.com/Movers.

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