BB&T's Barbara Duck Named One of 2018's 'Women to Watch'

Staff Report From South Carolina CEO

Tuesday, September 25th, 2018

BB&T Chief Information Officer Barbara F. Duck has been named to American Banker's 25 "Women to Watch" list for 2018. Duck and other honorees will be celebrated on October 4, 2018 at a gala awards dinner at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City.


At No. 17 on this year's list Duck's inclusion celebrates her transformational leadership style, philanthropic interests, and her personal triumph over breast cancer in 2017. Duck was only seven months into her new role as CIO before being diagnosed with triple-negative breast cancer. She faced her cancer head on, enduring a treatment combination of surgery, 19 rounds of radiation therapy and 15 rounds of chemotherapy, all the while staying engaged at work.

"Barbara is the embodiment of our mission, vision and values at BB&T and is an inspiring leader in every way," said Chairman and CEO Kelly S. King. "As CIO, she has been instrumental in moving our organization forward to better meet the needs of our clients and associates, and shared her battle with cancer to educate and encourage those facing similar challenges – a testament to her impeccable character."

Each year, the Most Powerful Women in Banking and Finance program recognizes the professional achievements and influence of top-performing female executives in banking and financial services. The program, celebrating its 16th anniversary, includes the 25 Most Powerful Women in Banking; the 25 Women to Watch; the 25 Most Powerful Women in Finance; and the Top Teams in Banking.

Duck, ranked No. 17 on this year's Women to Watch list, started her banking career when she joined BB&T in 1998. After graduating from the BB&T Leadership Development Program she became a branch manager. She later transitioned into the Operations Division where she received several promotions and eventually assumed leadership roles for Merger and Acquisition Integration; Disaster Recovery; Change Management; Information Security; Electronic Delivery Channels, which at the time included the ATM, Care Center and online banking teams; and Enterprise Risk Management. Barbara became the youngest member BB&T's Executive Management Team in 2003, when she became Senior Executive Vice President. She was promoted to the role of Chief Information Officer in July 2016 and oversees the Data and Technology Services team.