Centura Banks Inc., Rocky Mount, N.C., said Robert R. Mauldin, chairman and chief executive, will retire on Feb. 1, 1997.

Cecil W. Sewell Jr., president and chief operating officer, has been named to succeed him.

Mr. Mauldin will also retire next year as a director and as chairman of the company's executive committee.

In November 1990, when two Rocky Mount-based regionals were merged to form Centura, Mr. Mauldin was chairman and chief executive of one of them, Peoples Bank.

He became Centura's president and chief operating officer at that time and was named chairman and chief executive in January 1993.

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