BancorpSouth in Tupelo, Miss., has hired Kyle Gilliam as president of its equipment finance and leasing division.

Gilliam will manage daily operations and growth efforts at the division, the $14.1 billion-asset company said Tuesday.

Gilliam was president and chief executive of equipment finance at Arvest Bank, a division he helped establish in 2007, according to his LinkedIn profile.

"We are pleased to have an industry professional with the experience, knowledge and management skills as Kyle Gilliam to lead our equipment finance and leasing division," Tommy Darnell, BancorpSouth's chief sales officer, said in a news release.

BancorpSouth operates 238 bank branches and mortgage, insurance and loan production offices across nine states.

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