Cece Stewart didn't stay away from banking for long.

Stewart, a 35-year banking veteran who retired from Citigroup in April, has joined the board of First Horizon National Corp. in Memphis, Tenn.

Stewart, 56, had been president of U.S. consumer and commercial banking at Citi.

"Cece brings great insights and judgment gained over a distinguished career in banking," said Bryan Jordan, chairman at the $24 billion-asset First Horizon, in a press release Tuesday. "Her broad experience with all aspects of the financial services business will help us build for long-term success."

Stewart is the third female board member at First Horizon. The company increased the size of the board to 12 members, with the addition of Stewart.

Prior to joining Citi in 2011, Stewart was the president of retail banking at Morgan Stanley and chief executive of Morgan Stanley Private Bank. But she is perhaps most closely identified with Wachovia, where she spent several decades before its sale to Wells Fargo.

Stewart has appeared on American Banker's list of the Most Powerful Women in Banking repeatedly over the years, most recently ranking at No. 7 on the 2013 list. She also was one of the 25 Women to Watch in 2012.

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