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Ellen M. Fitzsimmons

Ellen M. Fitzsimmons was named corporate executive vice president and general counsel for SunTrust Banks, Inc. in January, 2018. She serves as corporate secretary to the SunTrust Board of Directors and is a member of the company’s Executive Council.

Previously, she served as executive vice president of law and public affairs, general counsel and corporate secretary of CSX Corporation, a transportation company with 26,000 employees headquartered in Jacksonville, Fla. She oversaw legal affairs, government relations, corporate communications, security, environmental, audit, and corporate social responsibilities functions.

Fitzsimmons joined CSX as senior counsel in 1991 after several years with the law firm of Hunton & Williams in Richmond, Va., where she covered corporate, securities and finance law as well as mergers and acquisitions. She was appointed corporate general counsel of CSX in 2003.

She earned a Juris Doctor from the Georgetown University Law Center and a bachelor’s degree from Virginia Tech.  She is a member of the Virginia Bar, and currently serves on the board of Ameren Corporation and the board of trustees for Washington & Lee University.


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