Simmons Bank names Carriles as chief digital officer

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Simmons Bank named Alejandro “Alex” Carriles executive vice president and chief digital officer. Carriles’ responsibilities include direct oversight of Simmons’ digital banking strategy, customer experience through digital channels and customer acquisition through digital tools.

Carriles joins Simmons from BBVA Compass, where he most recently served as executive vice president and director of Retail Customer Solutions Development. In this role, he led mobile and online banking channels, as well as digital account origination for all consumer and small business products. Carriles also spearheaded the development of digital sales platforms for deposit accounts, personal loans, credit cards and insurance products.

“Alex is an industry leader whose innovation, management skills and track record for digital banking success are truly extraordinary,” said George Makris, chairman and CEO of Simmons First National Corporation. “We are eager for our customers to experience the impact of his talent through our digital offerings.”

Carriles brings more than 25 years of experience to his role at Simmons, having overseen technology projects for international and domestic financial institutions, private sector corporations and government agencies. He has served as a keynote speaker for numerous banking conferences across the United States and in countries such as France, Sweden, Malaysia and the United Kingdom.

Carriles holds a bachelor’s degree and summa cum laude distinction from the Monterrey Institute of Technology in Monterrey, Mexico and a master’s degree from IPADE Business School in Mexico City. He has also completed executive education and corporate management programs from institutions ranging from the University of Texas at Austin and Wharton Executive Education to the IESE Business School in Spain.