BancorpSouth in Tupelo, Miss., is planning to add a former Bank of America executive to its board.

Deborah Cannon has been the president and chief executive of the Houston Zoo since 2005. Cannon worked at Bank of America for 30 years before stepping down as an executive vice president in 2004. She is expected to join BancorpSouth's board during its annual meeting in April.

While at Bank of America, Cannon's responsibilities ranged from leading the company's offices in Brazil, Argentina and Chile to starting a new division for affluent individuals. Before leaving B of A, she led a business banking unit that covered 10 states and had more than 50 offices, $3 billion in loans and more than $4 billion in deposits.

The addition also strengthens BancorpSouth's ties to Texas, where it has been opening loan-production offices. In addition to her time at the zoo, Cannon once worked at Republic National Bank of Dallas.


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