New Orleans area business briefs for Dec. 23, 2015 _lowres

Graham Ralston

Regions Bank has named Graham Ralston as city president for the greater New Orleans area.

He succeeds Scott Howard, who was in charge for 10 years and is retiring Jan. 29. Howard will join Regions Bank’s south Louisiana advisory board.

Ralston joined Regions in 2013 and will continue to serve as commercial banking executive for south Louisiana. He has 18 years of experience.

“His success in working with business clients throughout Greater New Orleans makes him ideally suited for this leadership role,” said Danny Montelaro, south Louisiana area president for Regions Bank.

Ralston received his bachelor of arts degree in economics from the University of Texas at Austin and a master of business administration from Tulane University.