Investar Promotes Two Executives to Financial Leadership Roles

Investar Promotes Two Executives to Financial Leadership Roles

August 10, 2021

Baton Rouge, La.  Investar Bank, National Association (“Investar”) recently promoted two of its women executives to financial leadership roles. When CEO John D’Angelo founded the Bank 15 years ago, he surrounded himself with smart, experienced women. One of those ladies was Rachel Cherco who began her career at Investar as the Chief Financial Officer. Over the past 15 years, she has taken on many different responsibilities, and most recently was the Chief Accounting Officer, and now has been promoted to Treasurer.

As Treasurer, Rachel Cherco will manage the Bank’s investment portfolio and borrowings, and will perform investment analyses and manage liquidity. Cherco has been with Investar for 15 years, and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Louisiana State University.

Candace LeBlanc, who has served as the Bank’s Director of Financial Reporting for the past seven years, has been promoted to Chief Accounting Officer, Executive Vice President. With 15 years of experience in various roles ranging from compliance, corporate accounting, auditing and financial reporting, LeBlanc will oversee the accounting department and collaborate with the CFO on various financial strategies. LeBlanc holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Southeastern Louisiana University, a Master of Accountancy degree from The George Washington University School of Business, and is a Certified Public Accountant.

“I have had the privilege of working with both Rachel and Candace for the past seven years. They both are leaders within our organization, and I can always rely on them to deliver results,” said Chris Hufft, Chief Financial Officer/EVP. “As our organization continues to grow, so do the opportunities to elevate exceptional talent. I am excited to watch both Rachel and Candace excel as they both take on additional responsibilities with their new roles,” continued Hufft.

Photo Caption:  Rachel Cherco, Treasurer/EVP, Investar

Photo Caption:  Candace LeBlanc, Chief Accounting Officer/EVP, Investar


Investar Holding Corporation (NASDAQ: ISTR), parent company of wholly-owned subsidiary Investar Bank, National Association (“Investar”), had total assets of approximately $2.7 billion as of June 30, 2021. Investar is a full-service community bank headquartered in Baton Rouge, La. offering extensive banking products and services for individuals and businesses for nearly 15 years. The Bank has 34 branches serving several markets across south Louisiana, Texas and Alabama. Investar Bank NMLS ID# 481188. Equal Housing Lender. Member FDIC. To learn more, visit