WINSTON-SALEM, N.C., Dec. 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- BB&T Corporation (NYSE: BBT) today named Robert J. Johnson as a new member to its Executive Management team. The announcement is effective Jan. 1, 2014, and is part of a long-term plan to increase its top leadership group.
Johnson is general counsel, secretary and chief corporate governance officer. He will join the 12-member Executive Management team, which sets policy and direction for the corporation.
"This addition to our management team continues to position us for the future," said Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Kelly S. King. "Bob is a proven leader who, along with the rest of our Executive Management team, will continue to build on our mission of being the best financial institution possible."
As general counsel, secretary and chief corporate governance officer, Johnson, 41, leads the Winston-Salem based Legal Department and serves as chief legal advisor to the Executive Management team and the Boards of Directors of BB&T Corporation and BB&T bank.
"I am humbled to be joining such an admired and established executive team, and I look forward to helping build on the more than 140-year legacy of a solid and respected financial institution," Johnson said.
A native of Dayton, Ohio, Johnson joined BB&T in 2005 as deputy general counsel, responsible for the Mergers and Acquisitions and Corporate, Securities and Regulatory Practice Groups. Johnson has 15 years of financial institution experience and has held his current roles since 2010.
Prior to joining BB&T, Johnson was in private practice in Cleveland, Ohio, providing counsel to financial institutions and their affiliates. His work included all aspects of general corporate and commercial representation for Fortune 500 companies.
Johnson is an active volunteer for the United Way and the YMCA of Winston-Salem.
Johnson graduated Summa Cum Laude with a bachelor's degree from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio. He also graduated with honors with a juris doctor degree from The Ohio State University College of Law.
BB&T's other Executive Management team members include King; Chief Operating Officer Chris Henson; President, Community Banking Ricky Brown; Chief Financial Officer Daryl Bible; Chief Risk Officer Clarke Starnes; Enterprise Risk Manager Barbara Duck; Administrative Services Manager Rob Greene; Deposit Services Manager Donna Goodrich; Chief Marketing Officer and Lending Group Manager Steve Wiggs; Operations Division Manager Leon Wilson; Chief Corporate Communications Officer Cynthia Williams; and President and CEO of Scott and Stringfellow LLC and Manager of BB&T Capital Markets Rufus Yates.
BB&T last expanded its Executive Management team in August 2012.
BB&T is one of the largest financial services holding companies in the U.S. with $181.1 billion in assets and market capitalization of $23.8 billion, as of Sept. 30, 2013. Based in Winston-Salem, N.C., the company operates 1,824 financial centers in 12 states and Washington, D.C., and offers a full range of consumer and commercial banking, securities brokerage, asset management, mortgage and insurance products and services. A Fortune 500 company, BB&T is consistently recognized for outstanding client satisfaction by J.D. Power and Associates, the U.S. Small Business Administration, Greenwich Associates and others. More information about BB&T and its full line of products and services is available at www.BBT.com.
SOURCE BB&T Corporation