Chairman and Chief Executive Officer,
Kelly King has served as chairman of BB&T since January 2010; president and chief executive officer of BB&T Corporation and chairman and chief executive officer of Branch Bank since January 2009; chief operating officer of BB&T Corporation and Branch Bank from June 2004 to December 2008; and president of BB&T Corporation from 1996 to June 2004.
King has forged a lifetime of leadership experience with BB&T, devoting 29 of his 40 years of service to BB&T as a member of Executive Management. He has assumed leadership roles in commercial and retail banking, operations, insurance, corporate financial services, investment services and capital markets.
King is credited with leading BB&T to continued profitability and financial stability through the economic downturn beginning in 2008. Under his leadership, BB&T was one of the first institutions to repay TARP funds. His unwavering commitment to the company's vision, mission and values has led to a nationally recognized associate volunteer program, called The Lighthouse Project.
In 2011, King was ranked No. 3 "Best CEO" by sell-side analysts in a study by Institutional Investor magazine. Since 2009, BB&T has led all U.S. banks in total awards for small business and middle market banking by Greenwich Associates.
B.S., Business Administration, East Carolina University, Greenville, N.C.
MBA, East Carolina University, Greenville, N.C.
Stonier Graduate School of Banking at Rutgers University, Newark, N.J.
Current: King has served on the board of The Clearing House since 2009, and the Financial Services Roundtable since 2010. He also serves as chairman of the board of the Piedmont Triad Partnership.
Former: King served on the board of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond from 2009 to December 2011. King has also served as chairman of the North Carolina Bankers Association board, chairman of the North Carolina Rural Economic Center, chairman of the North Carolina Small Business and Technology Development Center, chairman of the Forsyth County United Way Tocqueville Leadership Society, and chairman of the East Carolina University Board of Visitors. He also served as vice-chairman of the American Bankers Council.