HomeTrust Bancshares, the holding company of HomeTrust Bank, announced the appointment of Lora Jex to executive vice president and chief risk officer.

Jex joins the operating committee. She will report to the bank’s audit committee and to C. Hunter Westbrook, president and chief executive.

She will lead teams responsible for monitoring and mitigating risk related to compliance, operations, balance sheet management, and strategy and oversee the bank’s risk appetite to further advance enterprise risk management.

Jex’s career spans more than 20 years of banking and financial industry experience, including previously serving as chief compliance officer at Southern First Bank and as compliance officer and in senior audit roles at Savannah Bancorp, Dixon Hughes Goodman, Crowe Chizek & Company, and Troy Bank & Trust.