Worthen Banking Corp. said on Thursday it has appointed Jim G. Farmer president and chief operating officer.

Curt Bradbury, chairman and chief executive officer of $3.5 billion-asset Worthen, created a new position for Mr. Farmer.

Mr. Farmer has extensive experience in trust, mortgage, and investment banking, all strategic business for the Little Rock bank.

Mr. Farmer served from 1987 to 1991 as executive vice president for Mark Twain Bancshares, a $2.5 billion banking organization in St. Louis.

Most recently, he served as the largest shareholder, president, and chief executive officer of Delmar Gardens Enterprises, St. Louis, a nursing home and health care company with operations in five states.

Mr. Farmer successfully led a restructuring and turnaround at Delmar, then sold his interest in the company late last year.

Mr. Farmer is originally from Arkansas, and graduated from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.

Worthen's management team is now complete with Mr. Bradbury; Andrew T. Melton, executive vice president, treasurer, and chief financial officer; and Jim Patridge, executive vice president and senior credit officer.

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