Whitney Bank has named Gary Lorio as regional president for the New Orleans area.

Lorio, a New Orleans native, joined Whitney in 1998 as a senior vice president and commercial banking group manager and in 2011 became commercial banking manager for Whitney’s New Orleans market. He previously was a commercial banking senior vice president at First National Bank of Commerce for 16 years.

“Gary Lorio is one of the most seasoned commercial bankers in the area. He has extensive knowledge of our community and a keen understanding of the full spectrum of financial services that people and businesses need to succeed locally, nationally and internationally,” said Whitney Bank President Joe Exnicios.

Lorio, a De La Salle High School graduate, earned bachelor of arts and master of business administration degrees from Tulane University.

Hancock Holding Co. is the parent company of New Orleans-based Whitney Bank and Gulfport, Miss.-based Hancock Bank.