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Simmons First Names Jerry Hunter, Mindy West to Board

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Simmons First National Corp. of Pine Bluff announced Friday the addition of Jerry M. Hunter of St. Louis and Mindy West of El Dorado to its board of directors.

Hunter is a partner in the St. Louis office of Bryan Cave LLP and served as general counsel for the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) from 1989-93.

West is executive vice president, chief financial officer and treasurer for Murphy USA Inc. of El Dorado.

“Mindy and Jerry bring strong financial and legal skills to our board and will play key roles in guiding our growth in the years ahead,” Chairman and CEO George Makris Jr. said in a news release. “Their insight will be invaluable as we continue to build one of the nation’s top regional banks.”

Simmons recently told Arkansas Business it’s looking to surpass $10 billion in total assets during the third quarter of this year.

Hunter has been labor counsel for the Kellwood Co. of St. Louis, a field attorney for the NLRB and a senior trial attorney for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. From 1986-89, he served as director of the Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations. Hunter was also a member of the Missouri State Employees Retirement System board and the chairman of its investment committee.

He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and his law degree from Washington University in St. Louis. He was admitted to the Arkansas bar in 1977 and the Missouri bar in 1978.

West, a certified public accountant and certified treasury professional, worked for Murphy Oil Corp. for 17 years. She was its director of investor relations from July 2001 until December 2006 and vice president and treasurer from January 2007 until she joined Murphy USA in August 2013.

West earned her bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia.

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