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Margaret L. Callihan

Margaret Callihan is chief human resources officer for SunTrust Banks, Inc. In this role, she oversees human resources strategy, talent management, employee benefits, compensation, staffing, human resources systems, operations and payroll, compliance, employee relations, human resources policies, as well as training and development.

Prior to being named to her current role in August 2016, Callihan served as chairman, president and CEO of SunTrust, South Florida. Prior to that, she was chairman, president and CEO of SunTrust, Southwest Florida and SunTrust in Chattanooga. A 40-year SunTrust veteran, she began her career with the company in the management training program in 1978, and subsequently held a number of positions including group retail line of business manager for the SunTrust Banks in Tennessee and Alabama.

Callihan earned a bachelor’s degree and an MBA from Vanderbilt University. She has instructed courses at the Graduate School of Banking of the South at LSU, the Tennessee Bankers Consumer Credit School, the Southeastern Consumer Credit School and Schools of Banking in Kansas, Nebraska and North Dakota. Callihan is a graduate of Leadership Nashville, Leadership Music, the L2 program of Leadership Sarasota and Leadership Florida. She also completed the SEO (Senior Executive Orientation) programs in Miami and Ft. Lauderdale.

Callihan serves on the board of directors of the Georgia Aquarium and Beall’s Inc. She is also a member of the International Women’s Forum. Callihan has always been active in the community and has served on a number of not-for-profit boards over the years. She currently serves on the board of the SunTrust Foundation and is a life-long supporter of United Way.