MidSouth Bancorp names ex-NFL quarterback board chairman; plans Texas expansion

Jake Delhomme (PRNewsFoto/MidSouth Bancorp, Inc.)

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — Former NFL quarterback Jake Delhomme will become chairman of the board of directors for Louisiana based-MidSouth Bancorp Inc. and its subsidiary on Dec 31.

Delhomme has served on the bank’s board for more than four years. He will replace Will Charbonnet Sr., who has served as chairman since 1990.

Delhomme led the Carolina Panthers to Super Bowl 38 in his first season in 2003 and was the starting quarterback for the next six seasons. He played his final year of professional football with the Houston Texans in 2011.

Additionally, Joe Tortorice Jr., a member of the holding company’s Board of Directors since 2004, will be appointed vice chairman of the board, also effective December 31, 2016.

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Joe Tortorice is the founder and CEO of Texas-based Jason’s Deli and Delhomme said that the new vice chairman will be a critical adviser to MidSouth’s Texas expansion strategy.

“Hard-working and persistent, Joe is a highly respected business leader in Texas,” Delhomme said.

MidSouth has 57 locations in Louisiana and Texas. – additional reporting by FWBP’s Robert Francis