MORGAN CITY – M C Bank & Trust CEO Christopher LeBato has announced an attorney and veteran Human Resources Director has joined the bank's leadership team.
LeBato said, “I am thrilled to announce that Maria Manuel is officially part of our leadership team and will serve as our General Counsel and Chief Human Resources Officer. Her unique blend of legal and human resources experience along with her passion for helping others will play a key role in growing our community bank.”
Manuel comes to M C BANK from IBERIABANK/First Horizon, where she served for seven years, first as Regional Director of Human Resources and then as Director of Associate Relations. Manuel graduated from the University of Southwestern Louisiana (now the University of Louisiana), and she then furthered her education at LSU, Paul M. Hebert Law Center where she received her Juris Doctorate and graduated with honors.
Prior to entering the banking industry, she practiced law for 18 years at the Onebane Law Firm in Lafayette. Manuel is a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association (LSBA). Manuel is also a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and is a SHRM - Senior Certified Professional. She has held leadership positions in community and professional organizations, including as Past State Director of the Louisiana Society for Human Resource Management, Past President of the Acadiana Society for Human Resource Management, Past Chair of the Labor and Employment Law Section of the LSBA, and as a current member of the Women’s Leadership Council of the United Way.