BATESVILLE, Ark. – October 19, 2012 – Charla Foster has been named Senior Vice President and Human Resources Director at The Citizens Bank. In this position, Foster is responsible for oversight of the bank’s employee relations, training, employment, benefits and compensation programs.
Foster is a graduate of Lyon College who most recently served as Human Resources Manager at the Zila manufacturing facility in Batesville. A native of northeast Arkansas, she has also been employed with the White River Health System in Batesville and the Baxter Regional Medical Center in Mountain Home. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a concentration in Human Resources Management from Lyon College and received a Master’s degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Western Kentucky University.
“I am truly excited about the upcoming opportunities for employee development within the bank,” Foster said. “My goal is for every employee to feel both valued by the organization and equipped with both the technical skills and personal development skills necessary to provide excellent customer service to every customer, every time.”
“We are so pleased to welcome Charla to our leadership team, continuing our strategy of recruiting highly talented professionals who are dedicated to helping guide the advancement of our bank and also our community,” said John Dews, President and CEO.
“Batesville is home,” Foster said. “This is where I attended college, found my first full-time job, married, and where my son was born. Batesville is a wonderful place to live and raise our son. Plus, Citizens Bank is committed to both its employees and the community – so this is a perfect fit.” Foster is deeply committed to community service and previously chaired the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life in Independence County. She has been active in the past with the Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Batesville, Lyon College Alumni Council, Lyon College Career Advisory Council, and the UACCB Business, Technology and Public Service Advisory Group.
About The Citizens Bank
Citizens Bank of Batesville was established in 1953 by a group of local businessmen who shared a vision of creating a bank that would be committed to serving the working people of Batesville and Independence County. Today, Citizens Bank is Independence County’s largest financial institution by market share, and has expanded its service area to include Lawrence, Randolph, Sharp and Stone counties with 10 fully staffed financial centers.