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SunTrust Selects MasterCard for Debit Cards
ATLANTA and PURCHASE, N.Y., Jan 14, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- SunTrust Banks, Inc. (NYSE: STI) and MasterCard Incorporated (NYSE: MA) today announced that SunTrust will convert the company's debit card programs to MasterCard. After the conversion to MasterCard-branded debit cards, which is expected to begin late this year, SunTrust will issue approximately five million MasterCard(R) debit cards that can be used everywhere MasterCard debit cards are accepted, including ATMs. The terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

In addition to MasterCard debit cards, SunTrust will expand its current commercial card offering in the future to include MasterCard branded commercial credit cards. SunTrust will continue to offer Visa branded cards as an option for various consumer and commercial credit products.

"We are constantly monitoring and evaluating payment options in order to provide our clients with those we believe will offer the best client experience," said Hugh Gallagher, SunTrust's Senior Vice President for deposit product management. "Partnering with MasterCard to provide access to their first-class system and enhancing our payment offerings is a reflection of that commitment."

"SunTrust plays an integral role in helping its clients, institutions and communities prosper by meeting their needs and exceeding expectations, even in times of economic stress," said Chris McWilton, President, U.S. Markets, MasterCard Worldwide. "We are delighted SunTrust chose MasterCard as a payments partner for growth. Through our partnership, we will focus on the fundamentals of what matters most to SunTrust's clients and together, we can make a difference in their lives."

About SunTrust Banks, Inc.

SunTrust Banks, Inc., headquartered in Atlanta, is one of the nation's largest banking organizations, serving a broad range of consumer, commercial, corporate and institutional clients. As of September 30, 2009, SunTrust had total assets of $172.7 billion and total deposits of $119.3 billion. The Company operates an extensive branch and ATM network throughout the high-growth Southeast and Mid-Atlantic states and a full array of technology-based, 24 hours delivery channels. The Company also serves clients in the selected markets nationally. Its primary businesses include deposit, credit, trust and investment services. Through various subsidiaries the Company provides mortgage banking, insurance, brokerage, investment management, equipment leasing and capital markets services. SunTrust's Internet address is suntrust.com

About MasterCard Worldwide

MasterCard Worldwide advances global commerce by providing a critical economic link among financial institutions, businesses, cardholders and merchants worldwide. As a franchisor, processor and advisor, MasterCard develops and markets payment solutions, processes approximately 21 billion transactions each year, and provides industry-leading analysis and consulting services to financial-institution customers and merchants. Powered by the MasterCard Worldwide Network and through its family of brands, including MasterCard(R), Maestro(R) and Cirrus(R), MasterCard serves consumers and businesses in more than 210 countries and territories. For more information go to www.mastercard.com. Follow us on Twitter: @mastercardnews



    Media Contacts:
    Hugh Suhr, SunTrust Banks, Inc., Tel +1 404 827 6813,
     Hugh.Suhr@suntrust.com
    Barbara Coleman, MasterCard Worldwide, Tel. +1 914 249 6607,
     Barbara_coleman@mastercard.com



SOURCE MasterCard Worldwide