WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - John R. Spruill has become the second-highest- ranking executive of Southern National Corp. to leave his position in advance of the bank's "merger of equals" with BB&T Financial Corp.

Mr. Spruill, Southern National's chief financial officer, has resigned to "pursue other interests" and will be replaced by Scott Reed, BB&T's chief financial officer, when the merger closes on Feb. 28, the company said Friday.

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