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Lafayette, La.-based MidSouth names chief credit officer

Keith Avant was appointed executive vice president and chief credit officer of Lafayette, La.-based MidSouth Bank NA, a unit of MidSouth Bancorp Inc.

Avant previously served at Bank of America Merrill Lynch in Atlanta and Dallas, in various roles including senior vice president and credit executive.

In addition, MidSouth Bancorp and MidSouth Bank will be seeking regulatory approval to appoint John Davis executive vice president and COO. Davis will join MidSouth Bank on May 29 and will serve in a nonexecutive capacity until regulatory authorities approve the appointment. James McLemore, president and CEO of both MidSouth Bancorp and MidSouth Bank, will assume Davis' role until regulatory approval of Davis' appointment.

Davis has previously served as senior vice president and director of operations for Yadkin Bank.