Among CEOs, Kelly King is a rare breed. He talks with enthusiasm about the person who will succeed him several years hence, yet he does not know who that person will be.

Even more remarkable is that King has barely gotten his CEO seat warm. It was only in January, after working at BB&T since 1972, that King succeeded longtime CEO John Allison at the $137 billion-asset bank based in Winston-Salem, NC. Not that he's looking forward to leaving just yet. He's got plenty he wants to accomplish during his tenure. But he is, by his own account, the product of the bank's long-term commitment to leadership development, and it is clearly a point of pride in the institution for which he has long served.

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