First Tennessee brings Rippee on board

Industry veteran to lead Nashville market with an eye on commercial growth

Veteran banker Doyle Rippee has been named Nashville president of First Tennessee Bank, an appointment that splits regional president Tony Thompson’s job in two.

The appointment, which is effective May 3, focuses on building First Tennessee’s commercial market share in Davidson and Williamson counties. Rippee, 60, has more than three decades of experience in that market, most recently with Regions/Morgan Keegan & Co., where he was executive VP and general manager of corporate banking. Before that, he was Tennessee president at Bank of America from 1997 to mid-2000.

“Having someone of Doyle’s caliber to lead our Davidson County team is critical as we concentrate on the great opportunities before us here,” said Thompson, who will remain Middle Tennessee president for the bank.

First Tennessee, now the region’s fifth-largest bank by deposits, has been ramping up its Middle Tennessee presence for several years, adding almost 20 branches since 2002.

“First Tennessee has a tremendous commitment to Nashville, and I’m looking forward to working with its strong management team and advisory board,” said Rippee.

A graduate of Delta State University in Mississippi, Rippee is chairman of The Land Trust for Tennessee and the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce Business Conditions Council.  He also is past chair of the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, YMCA of Middle Tennessee and the Nashville Symphony.