Regions Financial has created the position of chief governance officer to oversee the Birmingham, Ala., company’s corporate governance strategy.

Sign of the times: Hope Mehlman, most recently an assistant general counsel at Regions, reports to the company’s general counsel in her new role overseeing corporate governance.

The $126 billion-asset company hired Hope Mehlman to fill the role. Mehlman, previously an assistant general counsel at Regions, will report to Fournier “Boots” Gale III, Regions’ general counsel.

Her job will be to advise the company’s board on best practices of corporate governance, assess and monitor Regions’ corporate governance framework and be a liaison to Regions’ institutional investors and other outside interests.

“Designating a chief governance officer further solidifies our commitment to maintaining the highest standards in corporate governance,” Gale said in a news release Friday.

Mehlman joined Regions in 2006 and has also held the titles of assistant corporate secretary and senior compliance manager. She previously was an attorney at the law firm Adams and Reese.

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