Hall is the son of Mr and Mrs O. B. Gracen Hall Sr of Fort Payne. He grew up on his family's potato farm outside in DeKalb County. He played football and baseball at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee and earned a master's degree in business administration at the University of Alabama in 1980.
Out of college, Hall applied for an opening at First National Bank of Birmingham's management trainee program. In the 1990s he was promoted to the executive ranks of what became AmSouth Bank, and rose to become Chief Information Officer. He kept that role after the bank's 2006 merger with Regions, and was announced as the successor to Dowd Ritter in 2009, and took over the position on April 1 of the following year. He was made chairman of the board of directors in 2013.
As chief executive, Hall emphasized the importance of cultivating "shared value" in all aspects of the business. He is credited with improving the company's shareholder value while maintaining high standards for customer service. Hall was awarded the "Mann Medal in Ethics and Leadership" by Samford University in 2016.
|CEO of Regions Bank
John Turner Jr
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