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Jim Wells
HOPE BOARD CHAIR
Former Chairman and CEO
SunTrust Banks, Inc.

HOPE Inside National Advisory Board Chair Since: August 2015
Global Board Member 
Executive Committee Member
Executive Compensation and Benefits Committee Member

Jim Wells was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of SunTrust Banks, Inc.
Prior to that he served as President and Chief Executive Officer since January 2007. He became a Vice Chairman in 2000. His banking career began in Richmond, Virginia as a management trainee with United Virginia Bankshares. United Virginia became Crestar Bank where Mr. Wells last served as President; Crestar is currently part of SunTrust MidAtlantic.

A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Mr. Wells also attended the Stonier Graduate School of Banking at Rutgers University. Mr. Wells has served on many not-for- profit and educational institution boards, and is currently a Director of Operation HOPE.