Susan Somersille Johnson

Corporate Executive Vice President, CMO, SunTrust Banks

Susan Somersille Johnson is corporate executive vice president and chief marketing officer for SunTrust Banks, Inc.  Before joining SunTrust, Johnson held leadership roles in several technology organizations including NCR, Nokia, Apple and Fujitsu.  As the bank’s executive for brand strategy, marketing analytics, marketing operations and communications, she is integral to advancing the company’s purpose of Lighting the Way to Financial Well-Being while growing the business.

In 2016, she spearheaded the onUp movement for SunTrust to take on financial stress in America by advancing financial confidence.  With the onUp movement, Johnson helped bring to life the banks’ purpose internally and externally.

Johnson’s efforts and impact have been recognized by marketing and industry leaders.  Black Enterprise Magazine named her among the 50 Most Powerful Women in Corporate America two years in a row; Savoy Magazine named her one of 2016 Top Influential Women in Corporate America; and she was recently featured on a panel on purpose-driven companies at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in Engineering Sciences from Harvard University and an MBA in Finance from The Wharton School.  When she isn’t working, Johnson finds balance through karate, swimming, skiing and yoga.