On March 31, Jim Wells, Chairman and CEO of SunTrust Banks, Inc. will join Goizueta’s Rob Kazanjian for a look at “How Strategy and Culture Drive Performance in Banking.”

The event is free and open to the Emory community and public with RSVP. All audiences are encouraged to attend at Goizueta’s Boynton Auditorium (Room 130) at 5:30 p.m. ET.

“At Goizueta Business School, we place great value on real-world experience,” Dean Larry Benveniste said. “That’s why I’m pleased to bring some of the best corporate officers into our building each semester to address students as Dean’s Speakers. In 2010 we welcomed Newell Rubbermaid CEO Mark Ketchum, who spoke of company-wide metamorphosis, and Army Lt. Gen. Ken Keen, who led the military relief effort in post-earthquake Haiti last January. Each shared an experience of managing through change that’s invaluable to students entering the business world.

“In the coming months Goizueta will welcome thought-provoking leaders known for their management style and accomplishments.”

Earlier this year Burger King Chairman John Chidsey spoke on Emory’s campus. Previous Dean’s Speakers from 2011 include, Herb Allen, President and CEO of Allen and Co., and Barry Diller, Chairman and Senior Executive of IAC.

Wells was named to his current position in 2008, having served as President and Chief Executive Officer of SunTrust Banks, Inc., since January 2007.

He began his banking career in Richmond, Va., as a management trainee with United Virginia Bankshares. United Virginia later became Crestar Bank, where Wells last served as President. Crestar is now part of SunTrust Mid-Atlantic.

A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Wells also attended the Stonier Graduate School of Banking at Rutgers University. He is active in community not-for- profit and educational institution boards and currently serves as a Director of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, Georgia Research Alliance, and the Operation HOPE National Board.