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Allen Brinkman Named Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of SunTrust Bank, Tampa Bay

Former Tampa CEO Dan Mahurin To Lead SunTrust's Gulf Coast/North Florida Division

TAMPA, Fla., Dec. 8, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --

SunTrust Banks, Inc. (NYSE: STI) announced today that Allen R. Brinkman II has joined the company as Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of SunTrust Bank, Tampa Bay. In this role, Mr. Brinkman oversees SunTrust's operations in greater Tampa Bay through which SunTrust's commitment to its clients and markets is delivered.

Mr. Brinkman succeeds Daniel W. Mahurin who recently was named SunTrust's Gulf Coast/North Florida Division President and Chief Executive Officer. In that role Mr. Mahurin oversees SunTrust's Tampa BayNorth Florida and Southwest Floridabanks.

"Allen brings extensive banking experience and leadership skills to his role as CEO at SunTrust in Tampa Bay," said Mr. Mahurin. "Equally as important, he is a proven leader in the community. We look forward to benefiting from his insights and counsel as SunTrust and the region move forward."

Mr. Brinkman most recently served as Regional President and Executive Vice President for Wachovia in Central Florida. A 17-year banking industry veteran, Mr. Brinkman began his career with a Wachovia predecessor in 1993 and subsequently held increasingly responsible positions in retail, private, corporate and commercial banking, including President and CEO, North Georgia; Regional President, AlabamaTennessee and Mississippi; and Executive Vice President and Area President,Florida. Active in the community, he has held leadership positions with the United Way, March of Dimes, Central Florida Arts Council, Brenau University, Boys and Girls Clubs, Florida Bankers Association, United Negro College Fund, Florida Economic Development Council, Savannah State UniversityCentral Florida Chamber of Commerce, American Heart Association and the YMCA of Florida. Mr. Brinkman will be serving on the Executive Committee of the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development 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 September 30, 2010, SunTrust had total assets of $174.7 billion and total deposits of $120.3 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

SOURCE SunTrust Banks, Inc.