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SunTrust Names James Sproull Director of Anti-Money Laundering Compliance

12/14/2004

ATLANTA, Dec. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- SunTrust Banks, Inc. (NYSE: STI) has named James E. Sproull, Jr., Director of Anti-Money Laundering Compliance with oversight of all AML compliance activities throughout SunTrust.

Mr. Sproull, a 20-year SunTrust veteran, is currently a senior vice president and manager of Corporate Bank Operations -- responsibilities he will retain. Mr. Sproull moved to Atlanta in 2000 to manage efficiency initiatives and the bank operations consolidation project, after serving as chairman, president and CEO of SunTrust's banking unit in Gainesville, Florida for 13 years.

"Jim is uniquely qualified to lead us in these important activities," said Phil Humann, chairman and CEO of SunTrust Banks, Inc. "His diverse background, including serving as outside counsel for the Gainesville bank prior to joining SunTrust, reflects the significance we place on this position and the seriousness of the responsibilities that accompany it."

Active in community service, Mr. Sproull was recently elected chairman of the National Board of Trustees of the March of Dimes. He has served on the board since 1997, most recently as chair of the revenue development committee and vice-chair of the board.

A graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology with a degree in electrical engineering, Mr. Sproull received a J.D. from the University of Florida College of Law.

SunTrust Banks, Inc., headquartered in Atlanta, is one of the nation's largest commercial banking organizations. The company operates an extensive distribution network primarily in Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and the District of Columbia and also serves customers in selected markets nationally. Its primary businesses include deposit, credit, trust and investment services. Through various subsidiaries the company provides credit cards, mortgage banking, insurance, brokerage and capital markets services. SunTrust's Internet address is http://www.suntrust.com .

SOURCE SunTrust Banks, Inc.
CONTACT: Hugh Suhr of SunTrust Banks, Inc., +1-404-827-6813/
Web site: http://www.suntrust.com /
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