Chris Henson just gained more responsibility at BB&T in Winston-Salem, N.C.

The $223 billion-asset BB&T said in a press release Wednesday that Henson, its chief operating officer, had also become its president, effective immediately. He succeeded Ricky Brown, who announced his retirement earlier this year.

Henson added oversight of BB&T's community banking division to an already extensive list of duties. He handles a number of the company's core businesses, including data and technology; deposit, payment and operations; enterprise digital strategy; mortgages; insurance services and legal. Henson is also responsible for BB&T's specialized lending units.

Henson has spent his entire banking career at BB&T, completing the company's leadership training program in 1985. He became chief operating officer in 2009.

BB&T said in the release that Kelly King expects to remain chairman and CEO "for the foreseeable future."

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