SunTrust Bank South Florida, Fort Lauderdale, a subsidiary of SunTrust Banks Inc., Atlanta, appointed Thomas G. Kuntz president and chief operating officer, effective April 1.

He will succeed president James H. Robinson, who will retire March 31.

Mr. Kuntz is currently president and chief operating officer of SunTrust Bank Tampa Bay. It said it has not yet named a successor to Mr. Kuntz.

Mr. Kuntz joined SunTrust in 1978 as a management trainee at its central Florida bank. In 1993 he moved to the Tampa Bay bank and was promoted to senior executive vice president, responsible for retail and private banking, residential real estate, and lending. In 1995, he was promoted to president and chief operating officer.

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