Rodney Hawkins has been named as an executive vice president and audit executive for Simmons Bank.
In this new role, Hawkins will oversee the administration and implementation for risk-based audit functions for the bank. In addition, he will serve in Simmons Bank’s internal audit department, which is tasked with monitoring and evaluating the bank’s financial, operational and compliance controls.
Hawkins will be based out of Simmons Bank’s River Market office in Little Rock.
Previously, Hawkins was the chief compliance officer and vice president of internal audit for Windstream Communications. He headed up Windstream’s compliance and internal audits, crafting strategies, policies, procedures and methodologies for the company. He also served as a vice president of internal audit for Time Warner Inc.
“Rodney brings three decades of Fortune 500, public-company experience and a highly regarded track record to Simmons Bank, along with a tremendous work-ethic,” Simmons Bank CEO and chairman George Makris, Jr. said in a statement.
Hawkins is a certified public accountant who holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Georgia. He is also a member of the Institute of Internal Auditors and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.