Grayson Hall, the chairman, president and chief executive officer of Regions Financial Corporation (NYSE:RF), one of the nation’s largest regional banks and the only Fortune 500 Company located in Alabama, will be the Easter Semester Bryan Viewpoints Speaker for the Babson Center for Global Commerce.
Hall, a member of the University’s Class of 1979, will speak at 4:30 P.M. on Monday, February 29 in Gailor Auditorium. His topic is “Creating Shared Value: The Foundation for How We Do Business.”
A reception will follow the event. Both are open to the public.
The bank operates more than 1,600 branches across the South, Midwest and Texas. In 2015, Regions was ranked as “the most reputable bank in the U.S.” in a study conducted for American Banker Magazine by the Reputation Institute.
At the time of the ranking, Hall credited the high ranking to having “built our company culture on a foundation of creating shared value -- providing quality financial products, services and advice in a manner that benefits customers, associates, communities and shareholders.”
Following a financial crisis that was difficult for the entire financial industry, Hall became president and chief executive officer in 2010 at Birmingham-based Regions, and he led the bank back to health. In 2013, after rebuilding both the bank’s balance sheet and its reputation, Hall was named as the company’s chairman, while retaining his other executive roles. Today, with $126 billion in assets, Regions is the 18th largest bank in the United States, according to the most recent rankings by the Federal Reserve.
Hall joined Regions' Management Training Program in 1980 and worked in a wide variety of areas, including operations, consumer and commercial banking, wealth management and technology.
After graduation from Sewanee as an economics major, Hall earned an MBA at the University of Alabama and completed additional postgraduate work at Harvard’s Business School and Stonier School of Banking.
Hall is a member of the board of directors of Vulcan Materials Company (NYSE:VMC), the nation’s largest producer of sand, gravel and stone for construction. His civic involvement includes membership on the boards of the Birmingham Business Alliance, the Newcomen Society of Alabama and the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama. He is also a representative on the Federal Advisory Council of the Federal Reserve Bank.
The Bryan Viewpoints Speakers Series is made possible by a generous gift from Peggy and J.F. Bryan IV, C’ 65.