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Howard Whyte

Chief Information Security Officer & Executive Vice President, Truist Financial Corporation

Howard Whyte is an Executive Vice President and the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) at Truist Financial Corporation. As CISO, Mr. Whyte is responsible for execution of the Corporation’s Information Security Program and alignment with enterprise programs and business objectives, ensuring that information assets and technologies are protected.

Prior to joining Truist in January 2022, Mr. Whyte served as CISO at Boeing, where he was responsible for the protection of Boeing’s information and computing resources globally and for managing information technology risk. Earlier, Mr. Whyte worked for more than 20 years as an executive leader of information technology and security in the federal government, military, and private sector. He served as the Chief Information Officer and Chief Privacy Officer at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), where he acted as an advisor to the chairman, board members, and senior executives on all strategic issues relating to information technology, including governance, investments, program management, strategic planning, and security.

Previously, he was the CISO at FDIC and worked to reduce cybersecurity risk by implementing an around-the-clock security operations center and incorporating threat intelligence into security operations.In addition, he led the Threat Management Center at Goldman Sachs, focusing on cybersecurity detection, protection, response, and recovery on a global scale. He also served as the CISO and deputy CISO at NASA, where he provided direction and future vision on a wide range of information technology solutions for mission and corporate systems.

Earlier in his career, he was a senior information officer in the U.S. Army Network Enterprise Technology Command and the Defense Information Systems Agency; a telecommunications manager at Interim HealthCare; and an information management officer in the U.S. Army.

Mr. Whyte’s primary area of responsibility for Truist includes managing and overseeing the Corporate Cyber Security Department, which consists of Cyber Operations; Vulnerability Management and Data Protection; Identity and Access Management; Cyber Governance, Risk, and Compliance; Cyber Architecture and Strategy; Cyber Strategic Initiatives and Shared Services Management; as well as the Divisional CISOs, who serve as security liaisons to the business.

Mr. Whyte holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Management Studies from the University of Maryland and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix.

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