BB&T (BBT) in Winston-Salem, N.C., has added its top lawyer to its executive management team.

Robert Johnson, the $181 billion-asset company's general counsel, will become the 12th member of BB&T's executive team, a group that determines overall policy and direction.

Johnson, 41, joined BB&T as deputy general counsel in 2005, and was promoted in 2010. Before joining BB&T, he worked in private practice in Cleveland and specialized in providing advice to financial institutions.

"This addition to our management team continues to position us for the future," BB&T Chairman and Chief Executive Kelly King said in a press release Tuesday. Johnson "is a proven leader who, along with the rest of our executive management team, will continue to build on our mission of being the best financial institution possible."

Other members of BB&T's executive group include King, Chief Operating Officer Chris Henson, Chief Financial Officer Daryl Bible and Chief Risk Officer Clarke Starnes.

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