Robert R. Long, president and chief executive of SunTrust Bank Corp., Atlanta, and SunTrust Bank of Georgia, has been elected chairman of both.

He replaces Edward P. "Bud" Gould, who retired at the end of January.

Mr. Long, who retains his executive jobs, joined SunTrust Bank Atlanta in 1967 as a management trainee. He became executive vice president of SunTrust Bank Savannah in 1973 and worked there four years before returning to Atlanta.

In 1985 he was elected president of SunTrust Bank Atlanta, and in 1992 to the additional position of president of SunTrust Banks of Georgia.

He became chief executive officer of both in last July.

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