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Executive Leadership Team

Christopher L. Henson

Chris Henson is head of Banking and Insurance at Truist Financial Corporation.

Henson is a member of the executive leadership team and oversees Truist’s Retail Community Bank, Commercial Community Bank, Banking Operations, Mortgage, Dealer Finance, National Consumer Finance & Payments as well as Insurance Holdings.

After completing Truist predecessor BB&T’s Leadership Development Program in 1985, Henson began his banking career in various leadership positions within the Community Banking group, including serving as city executive in Wilson and Greensboro, North Carolina; regional president of the Hampton Roads (Virginia) and Atlanta regions; and Georgia state president.

In 2004, he was named assistant chief financial officer and a member of BB&T’s executive management team. In 2005, he was named chief financial officer, and in 2009, he assumed the role of chief operating officer. In 2016, he was named president of BB&T Corporation and BB&T (bank subsidiary). In December 2019, he moved into his current position as head of Banking and Insurance of Truist Financial Corporation, created through the merger of equals between BB&T Corporation and SunTrust Banks, Inc.  

Henson earned a bachelor’s degree from High Point University and is also a graduate of the Young Executive Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Advanced Management Program at Duke University.

His current and past affiliations include board member of the following: chair, Ten Year Plan to End Chronic Homelessness in Winston-Salem / Forsyth County, vice chairman High Point University Board of Trustees & Board of Visitors, Georgia Chamber of Commerce, Atlanta’s Buckhead Coalition, Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce, Hampton Roads YMCA of South Hampton Roads Metropolitan Board, United Way of South Hampton Roads, Old Dominion University (Virginia) Intercollegiate Foundation and the Virginia Marine Science Museum. He also serves on board of directors of the Truist Foundation.