Executive Leadership

Clarke R. Starnes III

Clarke R. Starnes III is chief risk officer at Truist Financial Corporation. He oversees Truist’s Risk Management division and is a member of the executive leadership team. He assumed this role in December 2019, upon the closing of the merger of equals between BB&T Corporation and SunTrust Banks Inc.

Starnes was named chief credit officer of Truist predecessor BB&T in September 2008 and chief risk officer in January 2009. He was named to the BB&T Executive Management team in December 2006 as the specialized lending group manager. Prior to that, he served in many different roles, including as business services manager, regional senior credit officer, regional loan administrator for corporate accounts, and direct retail lending risk manager.

Earlier in his BB&T career, Starnes managed the company’s loan officer development program and credit analyst department. Starnes completed BB&T's Leadership Development Program in 1982.

Starnes currently serves as director of the BB&T Center for Leadership Development at East Carolina University and previously served as a director of the Consumer Bankers Association and the Consumer Credit Counseling Services of Forsyth County in North Carolina.

Starnes earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is also a graduate of the ABA Stonier Graduate School of Banking at the University of Delaware.