Hooker Furniture (HOFT) Appoints Chris Henson to its Board
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Chris Henson, a senior executive who helped BB&T Corp. grow from a small North Carolina regional bank to the 8th largest US bank in 2019, is joining the Board of Directors of Hooker Furnishings Corp. (NASDAQ: HOFT).
Christopher L. Henson
Henson, who began with BB&T in 1985, rose to progressively higher executive positions including City Executive, Regional President, State President, Chief Financial Officer, and Chief Operating Officer before being promoted to President and Chief Operating Officer from 2016 – 2019. After BB&T merged with SunTrust to become Truist Bank, Henson served as Head of Banking & Insurance from 2019 to 2021 until his recent retirement.
“Chris is known as a collaborative leader consistently focused on growing people and building a values-based, purpose-driven culture,” said Henry Williamson, Chairman of the Board at Hooker Furnishings. Williamson and Henson served together in senior management roles at BB&T for over 20 years. “Chris was a beloved and respected executive by the people working with and for him,” Williamson said. “His philosophy has always been that employees deliver outstanding service to customers when they feel cared for.”
Henson is a leader with a proven track record, Williamson said. “Chris is very focused on the continued development of people and organizations. His extensive experience in a wide variety of leadership roles will add value to our Board of Directors.”
“It is a great honor to join the Board of Hooker Furnishings, a company with nearly a century of success driven by strong values and a compelling employee and customer-focused culture,” Henson said. “I enjoyed helping BB&T grow while maintaining its strong culture, and I see a lot of opportunities for growth at Hooker Furnishings,” he said.
Henson, a resident of Lewisville, NC, is a graduate of High Point University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Young Executive Institute and Duke University’s Advanced Management Program.
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