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Vernon H. Stafford, Jr.

SEVP & Chief Audit Executive
First Horizon

Vernon Stafford, Jr., is senior executive vice president and chief audit executive for First Horizon Corporation, a regional bank holding company. He is responsible for managing and directing corporate internal audit and credit risk assurance. He assists the board of directors, the Committees of the Board, and bank management in fulfilling oversight responsibility by evaluating the design, effectiveness and efficiency of the company’s internal controls. Stafford led the creation of the Audit and Assurance group and established a more robust credit assurance process.  

Prior to joining First Horizon, Stafford, a commissioned national bank examiner, served in various agency leadership positions with the OCC for 33 years.  

Stafford serves on the boards for Leadership Memphis, Dixon Gallery & Gardens, Tennessee Higher Education Commission, and The Institute of Internal Auditors. Stafford holds a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Roger Williams University.