BOK Financial Corp., in Tulsa, Okla., has named Stacy Kymes president and CEO effective April 1, 2022, upon the retirement of Steven G. Bradshaw. Kymes was appointed to the company’s board effective Aug. 3.
“I am excited to step into this role to lead a strong team that is well positioned to take advantage of an improving economy and new growth opportunities,” Kymes said. “I am also humbled to be a part of a strong legacy of leadership that began with George and Stan Lybarger and has continued through Steve’s tenure marked by our earnings growth and strong culture.”
Kymes, who has been with the company for 25 years, has served as chief auditor, director of mergers and acquisitions and chief credit officer. In his current role as chief operating officer, Kymes leads BOKF’s revenue-generating business lines including specialized banking, regional and commercial banking, consumer banking and wealth management. Prior to joining the company, Kymes was a senior auditor with KPMG US. He received his bachelor’s degree in accounting from Harding University, Searcy, Ark.
“Stacy has had deep and varied experience with the company’s lines of business and supporting functions during his career,” said George B. Kaiser, BOK Financial Corp. Board chair. “He has proved able to understand each new responsibility quickly and respond creatively to problems or opportunities. Through my board duties, I have observed his management style, judgment and diligence over the past 10-plus years, which gives me great confidence that he will serve our company well as CEO. The rest of the board joins me in the expectation that Stacy — and the rest of the leadership team — will continue our company’s solid financial performance and commitment to serving our clients and communities.”
Kymes is a past chair of the Tulsa Stadium Trust, Tulsa Regional Chamber and the Tulsa Zoo as well as a previous member of the board of trustees of the Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa.