Catalyst Bank Names Don Ledet Chief Risk Officer

Opelousas, Louisiana – Catalyst Bank (the “Bank”) today announced that veteran banker Don Ledet has joined their leadership team as Chief Risk Officer (“CRO”). As CRO, he will lead the credit, compliance, special assets, and facilities management functions of the Bank. Ledet most recently led Retail Market Support for First Horizon. Over the past two decades, he held pivotal leadership roles at IBERIABANK in such areas as digital banking, deposit products, operations, and bank secrecy act compliance. During his tenure, he also coordinated and led the retail integration and conversion of IBERIABANK’S 20-plus acquisitions. 

“Don is an exceptional leader who earns the respect of his colleagues by improving products and processes, and through building the people around him,” said Joe Zanco, President and Chief Executive Officer of Catalyst Bancorp, Inc. (“the Company”) and the Bank. “His vast banking knowledge and extensive mergers and acquisitions experience position us for tremendous growth in the coming years.”

About Catalyst Bancorp, Inc. and Catalyst Bank
Catalyst Bancorp, Inc. (Nasdaq: CLST) is a Louisiana corporation and registered bank holding company for Catalyst Bank, its wholly-owned subsidiary, with $257.9 million in assets at September 30, 2023. Catalyst Bank, formerly St. Landry Homestead Federal Savings Bank, has been in operation in the Acadiana region of south-central Louisiana for over 100 years. With a focus on fueling business and improving lives throughout the region, Catalyst Bank offers commercial and retail banking products through our six full-service branches located in Carencro, Eunice, Lafayette, Opelousas, and Port Barre.

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For further information: Joe Zanco, President and CEO, (337) 948-3033