Hancock Announces Saik Retirement; Milton to Become Chief Wealth Management Officer

GULFPORT, Miss., May 8, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Hancock Holding Company (Nasdaq:HBHC) today announces the retirement of Clifton (”Clif”) J. Saik later this year. Saik has most recently served as EVP and Chief Wealth Banking Officer after joining Hancock in 1998.

Miles S. Milton assumes the role of Chief Wealth Management Officer effective immediately. Milton joined the company in 2014 as the Director of Private Banking. His new responsibilities will include private banking, trust and Hancock Investment Services. Saik will assist in the transition until his retirement.

“We wish Clif the best as he transitions into retirement, and we thank him for his dedication and service to the company for almost two decades,” said John M. Hairston, President and CEO.

In addition to the changes in wealth banking, the company is also announcing the appointment of Joseph S. Schwertz, Jr. as Chief Risk Officer. Schwertz joined Hancock in early 2015 having previously served as Whitney Holding Corporation’s General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for approximately 20 years. Schwertz is assuming the role from Michael K. Dickerson who has been named Subsidiary Business Lines Executive. In this newly created role, Dickerson will have responsibility for credit services, wholesale products & services, consumer lending, wealth management and analytics.

About Hancock Holding Company

Hancock Holding Company is a financial services company with regional business headquarters and locations throughout a growing Gulf South corridor. The company’s banking subsidiary provides a comprehensive network of full-service financial choices through Hancock Bank locations in Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida and Whitney Bank offices in Louisiana and Texas, including traditional and online banking; commercial and small business banking; energy banking; private banking; trust and investment services; certain insurance services; mortgage services; and consumer financing. More information and online banking are available at www.hancockbank.com and www.whitneybank.com.

For More Information R. Paul Maxwell, VP Corporate Communications 228-867-8690 or paul.maxwell@hancockbank.com Trisha Voltz Carlson, SVP Investor Relations Manager 504-299-5208 or trisha.carlson@hancockbank.com

Source:Hancock Holding Company