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SunTrust Names Craig D. Smith Corporate Communications Executive, Barry Koling to Retire

Sep 13, 2010

SunTrust Banks, Inc. announced today that Craig D. Smith has joined the Company as Executive Vice President and Corporate Communications Executive for SunTrust Banks, Inc. He will lead the Company's external and internal communications activities, reporting to SunTrust President William H. Rogers, Jr.

Barry Koling, who served as head of Corporate Communications at SunTrust and a predecessor institution, will retire from the company in September after more than 20 years of service.

"We recognize the critical role that a highly effective corporate communications culture plays in our future success and are delighted Craig has joined our executive team," said Rogers. "He is an experienced leader with a proven track record leading communications teams in financial services and other client satisfaction-driven industries. We also value the meaningful contributions made by Barry Koling over many years and are pleased that we have been able to draw upon his experience in managing the leadership transition in this key function."

Mr. Smith recently announced the formation of an expanded and centralized Corporate Communications function to provide companywide and individual line of business communications, communications services and external communications support.

With more than 20 years of communications leadership experience, Mr. Smith most recently served as a Senior Vice President and Corporate Communications Executive at Bank of America. He previously was Corporate Communications Director for Colgate-Palmolive and held senior leadership posts with Inter-Continental Hotels and its predecessor companies. Mr. Smith began his communications career with McDonnell Douglas Corporation.

SunTrust Banks, Inc., headquartered in Atlanta, is one of the nation's largest banking organizations, serving a broad range of consumer, commercial, corporate and institutional clients. As of June 30, 2010, SunTrust had total assets of $170.7 billion and total deposits of $118.7 billion. The Company operates an extensive branch and ATM network throughout the high-growth Southeast and Mid-Atlantic states and a full array of technology-based, 24-hour delivery channels. The Company also serves clients in selected markets nationally. Its primary businesses include deposit, credit, trust and investment services. Through various subsidiaries the Company provides mortgage banking, insurance, brokerage, investment management, equipment leasing and investment banking services. SunTrust's Internet address is

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SOURCE: SunTrust Banks, Inc.

CONTACT: Hugh Suhr of SunTrust Banks, Inc., +1-404-827-6813