James M. Wells, III

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James M. Wells, III
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Nationality American
Occupation Banker
Employer SunTrust Banks

James M. Wells, III. is an American businessman. He is the former Executive Chairman of the Board of SunTrust Banks Inc..[1][2][3]


James M. Wells III joined SunTrust Banks Inc. in 1976.[3] He became its CEO in 2007. As CEO of SunTrust Banks Inc. in 2008, he earned a total compensation of $8,042,275, which included a base salary of $1,077,300, stocks granted of $4,721,150, and options granted of $2,120,000.[4] He was replaced as CEO by William H. Rogers, Jr., on June 1, 2011.

He serves as a director of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, the Financial Services Roundtable, VISA U.S.A. Inc., the Crestar Financial Corporation, and the Crestar Bank, acquired by SunTrust Banks in 1998.[2][5][6]

He is a trustee of the Georgia Research Alliance.[2][7] Since November 2010, he has been the director of Operation HOPE Inc..[2] Registered as neither Republican nor Democrat, he contributed to Bush-Cheney '04 and McCain-Palin 2008.