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William H. Rogers, Jr.

William H. Rogers, Jr. (Bill) is chairman and chief executive officer of SunTrust Banks, Inc., one of the nation’s largest financial services companies serving 5 million households and business clients.

SunTrust operates an extensive retail banking network throughout the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic states, and serves clients nationally in corporate and investment banking, commercial real estate, mortgage, private wealth management and consumer lending. A purpose-driven company dedicated to Lighting the Way to Financial Well-Being, SunTrust is leading the onUp movement to inspire Americans to gain financial confidence.

Rogers began his career in 1980, joining the commercial banking division of the company. He held increasingly senior positions in corporate and commercial banking, corporate finance, retail banking, private wealth management and mortgage, prior to being named president in 2008 and chief operating officer in 2010. He was appointed president and CEO in June 2011 and became chairman and CEO in January 2012.

Since taking the CEO post, Rogers has led a significant transformation of the company, building upon its client-first culture and increasing operating returns and efficiency. Under his leadership, SunTrust has posted seven consecutive years of performance improvement, lowering its adjusted tangible efficiency ratio from 72 percent to 60 percent, and doubling the return on average tangible common equity. 

Rogers is a champion for the company’s philanthropy and volunteerism. He serves on a number of local and national organizations. He is currently a board member of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Operation HOPE, and chair of Achieve Atlanta. He is a member of the Emory University Board of Trustees and the Atlanta Committee for Progress. He also serves on the board of the Bank Policy Institute, and is a member of the Federal Advisory Council of the Federal Reserve.

A native of North Carolina, Rogers earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an MBA from Georgia State University.