BB&T's Donna Goodrich handles everything from managing deposit services to providing market risk oversight for the Southeastern banking powerhouse.

Now, Goodrich is taking a turn as chairman of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta, where she'll try to view things from the point of view of small banks, as well as big ones like BB&T (BBT) in Winston-Salem, N.C., where she is a senior executive vice president. A director's fiduciary responsibility is to advocate for any and all Federal Home Loan Bank members in a given region, regardless of their asset size.

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