Grayson Hall, chief executive at Regions Financial in Birmingham, Ala., will serve as the private sector chairman for the Southeast U.S.-Japan Association's joint forum.

Hall will co-chair with Atsutoshi Nishida, Toshiba's chairman, Alabama Department of Commerce said in a press release Friday. Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley appointed Hall for the post.

The meeting will take place in mid-November in Birmingham. This year's conference, held annually while alternating between the United States and Japan, will focus on sustainability and innovation.

"We accomplish great things when we work together to create economic prosperity for all," Hall said in the release. "This conference provides a unique opportunity for leaders in the Southeast and Japan to build productive business relationships that foster innovation and create sustainable economic activity, and I am honored to be involved."

Hall will host special events with notable guests, while also serving as master of ceremonies alongside Nishida. He will also travel to Japan in 2016 to help co-chair the next conference.

The $119 billion-asset Regions has 1,650 branches in 16 states.

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