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February 04 2016

Corporate Executive Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer for SunTrust Bank Susan Somersille Johnson Joins Operation HOPE’s Southeastern Board

ATLANTA, GA – February 4, 2016 --- Financial dignity leader Operation HOPE announced today that Susan Somersille Johnson, corporate executive vice president, chief marketing officer for SunTrust has been confirmed for Operation HOPE’s Southeastern Board of Directors.

The Southeastern Board plays a key role in the development and success of Operation HOPE, providing leadership and support for HOPE programs and activities. Board members are important in helping to guide initiatives that boost the empowerment of both youth and adults.

SunTrust executive, Ms. Johnson was named corporate executive vice president and chief marketing officer for SunTrust Bank, Inc. in August 2014. She oversees the company’s brand strategy, corporate and line of business marketing operations, and serves as a member of the Executive Leadership Team.

One of the nation's largest financial services organizations, SunTrust Bank is dedicated to Lighting the Way to Financial Well-Being for its clients and communities. Headquartered in Atlanta, the company serves a broad range of consumer, commercial, corporate and institutional clients. As of September 30, 2015, SunTrust had total assets of $187 billion and total deposits of $146 billion.

HOPE’s Southeastern Board is comprised of some of the region’s most powerful executives, decision-makers, bankers and economists. These individuals play an essential role in advancing HOPE’s initiatives to expand economic opportunity, and make capitalism and free enterprise accessible to underserved communities throughout the area. A complete list of HOPE Board’s may be viewed online.

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About Operation HOPE, Inc.

In 2015, Operation HOPE received a 4-star charity for transparency and accountability by the prestigious nonprofit evaluator, Charity Navigator, establishing it as a best-in-class organization.  Since 1992, Operation HOPE has promoted financial dignity through financial literacy and educational tools in underserved communities. Through its core portfolios, the organization has provided youth and adult financial literacy, encouraged economic preparedness and digital empowerment, promoted homeownership, and assisted with foreclosure prevention to more than 2.6 million individuals, families, and small-business owners. It is currently focused on Project 5117, a multi-year initiative that will track and increase business role models for youth, boost credit scores for adults, and empower underserved communities, as a part of its “silver rights” mission to make free enterprise work for everyone.