Umpqua Holdings in Portland, Ore., has hired Tory Nixon, who played cornerback for the NFL's San Franciso 49ers in the 1980s, as head of commercial banking.

In the newly created role, Nixon will oversee the $23 billion-asset company's commercial lending division, particularly commercial and industrial lending in the middle market. He will report to Umpqua's commercial banking president, Cort O'Haver.

Nixon resigned last month as Northern California division president for California Bank & Trust in San Diego, a unit of the $58 billion-asset Zions Bancorp. Nixon had worked for California Bank & Trust since 2003.

Nixon played with the San Francisco 49ers from 1985 to 1989. He was a member of the team that beat the Cincinnati Bengals in the Super Bowl in 1989.

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