Metairie Bank and Trust announced the election Tuesday of Ron E. Samford Jr. as president and chief executive officer.

He replaces Reginald H. “Ric” Smith Jr., who retired from the position at Tuesday’s meeting.

“I am proud to turn over the reins to Ron as he brings unique qualifications to lead Metairie Bank to the next level in these challenging times for community banks” said Smith, who will remain on the Metairie Bank’s board of directors.

Samford has 22 years of banking experience, most notably 15 years at the $25-billion Hibernia Corp., parent of Hibernia National Bank, where he served as senior executive vice president and chief administrative officer at its acquisition by Capital One.