Chief Information Officer

James Schafer is a seasoned IT executive with more than 27 years of experience in the financial services industry. James enjoys being a strategic partner focused on developing strategies and delivering solutions aligned in support of the successful achievement of business goals. He has an extensive background in building high performing and efficient teams for multi-billion dollar asset banks with varied lines of business and geographically diverse footprints. James leverages his leadership experience in organizational transformation, infrastructure modernization, continuous process improvement, mergers & acquisitions, information security, and technology service and delivery to position rapidly growing organizations for success.


Current Role

  • Company Name: Southside Bank
  • Job Title: Chief Information Officer
  • Start Date: February 2022
  • Company Industry: Banking
  • Location: Colleyville, Texas, United States

Southside Bancshares, Inc., the holding company for Southside Bank, is headquartered in Tyler, Texas. Southside Bank operates banking facilities in East, North, Central and Southeast Texas. Established in 1960, Southside Bank is a community-focused financial institution that offers a full range of financial services to individuals, businesses and nonprofit organizations. These services include: consumer and commercial loans; mortgages; loans to municipalities; personal, small business and commercial deposit accounts; safe deposit boxes; treasury management; credit cards; ATMs; trust and wealth management; brokerage services; and an array of online and mobile services.


Previous Company:

  • Company Name: Independent Bank Group, Inc.
  • Job Title: Executive Vice President/Chief Information Officer
  • Start Date: July 2014