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Rick Swagler

Executive Vice President, Director of External Affairs at Regions Bank

Rick Swagler leads the External Affairs Department for Regions Bank. His responsibilities include corporate communications, corporate advocacy, government relations and economic development, reputation risk, corporate social responsibility and diversity.  Regions is a regional bank that operates throughout the South, Midwest and Texas and is headquartered in Birmingham, Ala.

Prior to joining AmSouth Bancorporation in 2000, Swagler served in senior editorial roles at The Tampa Tribune, The Birmingham News, and The Alabama Journal daily newspaper in Montgomery. He has also served as a staff attorney and director of publications for the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press in Washington, D.C.

Swagler earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia, and a juris doctor degree from Stetson University College of Law in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Swagler serves on the boards of directors of the Alabama Bankers Association and the Alabama Business Charitable Trust. He is president-elect of the Comprehensive Cancer Center Advisory Board at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and chairman of the Alabama board of Operation HOPE. He is a member of the Arthur W. Page Society and the Alabama State Bar.

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J.D., Stetson University College of Law

B.A. journalism, Washington and Lee University