Regions Bank has named Chris Rogers managing director of its health care banking group in Nashville as part of a push to expand lending in that industry and others under the stewardship of John Barton.
Rogers comes to Regions from Morgan Keegan, the firm Regions unloaded for more than $1 billion early this year to Raymond James Financial. There, he helped launch in 2008  the local office of investment bank Shattuck Hammond Partners for Morgan Keegan, which was led by Duncan Dashiff. He also is the latest in a series of senior staffers who have left Morgan Keegan  since the Raymond James deal was announced.
Rogers will report to Brooks Hubbard, group head and managing director since Barton was promoted from that post late last year . In addition to his time at Morgan Keegan, Rogers also has worked at SunTrust Robinson Humphrey, Merrill Lynch and Cowen & Co. He is a graduate of Connecticut College and has an MBA from Vanderbilt University.
As part of announcing Rogers’ hiring, Regions also said it has hired senior bankers  for its health care, restaurants, transportation and technology/defense groups in Birmingham, Atlanta and Charlotte.
“These industries are important growth engines for the U.S. economy, and companies in these sectors require financial products, services and expertise tailored to their specific needs in order to be successful,” said Barton, whose title is specialized industries executive.