ATLANTA, July 24, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- SunTrust Banks, Inc. (NYSE: STI) today announced that Ankur Vyas has joined SunTrust and will become director of Investor Relations, effective Oct. 1, 2013. He will succeed Kris Dickson, who has served in the role since Jan. 2011. Dickson will continue in this capacity through the third quarter, then transition to a new position focusing on strategic initiatives for SunTrust's Commercial Real Estate division. Vyas will report to SunTrust's chief financial officer, Aleem Gillani, and oversee SunTrust's communications and relationships with equity security analysts, large institutional investors and other members of the investment community. Dickson will report to Walt Mercer, SunTrust's Commercial Real Estate line of business head. "Ankur has a deep knowledge of the financial services industry and the investment community that will benefit our communications with shareholders," said Gillani. "At the same time, Kris will continue to make significant contributions to SunTrust as he moves to help us grow one of our targeted business lines." Most recently, Vyas was a vice president in the Financial Institutions Group of Goldman Sachs. He provided corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions and capital raising advice to financial services companies, primarily focused on the banking and specialty finance sector in North America. Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, Vyas served as vice president of strategic planning for First Horizon National Corporation and worked in the Structured Credit Products group at Banc of America Securities. About SunTrust Banks, Inc. SunTrust Banks, Inc., headquartered in Atlanta, is one of the nation's largest banking organizations, serving a broad range of consumer, commercial, corporate and institutional clients. As of June 30, 2013, SunTrust had total assets of $171.5 billion and total deposits of $127.6 billion. Through its flagship subsidiary, SunTrust Bank, the company operates an extensive branch and ATM network throughout the high-growth Southeast and Mid-Atlantic states and a full array of technology-based, 24-hour delivery channels. The company also serves clients in selected markets nationally. Its primary businesses include deposit, credit, trust and investment services. Through its various subsidiaries, the company provides mortgage banking, asset management, securities brokerage, and capital market services. SunTrust's Internet address is suntrust.com. SOURCE SunTrust Banks, Inc.