Howard Whyte has joined Truist Financial Corporation as Chief Information Security Officer (CISO). Whyte is an industry veteran with more than 20 years’ experience as an executive leader of information technology and security in the federal government, military and private sector.
Whyte will lead enterprise-wide efforts to advance the security, resiliency and reliability of technology and data for Truist and ensure the company meets stringent regulatory requirements. He will utilize security tools, techniques, data and analytics to help Truist integrate cyber capabilities into business and technology solutions.
Whyte was most recently CISO and Vice President of Information Security for The Boeing Company. Prior to that, he served as Chief Information Officer and Chief Privacy Officer at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, led the Threat Management Center at Goldman Sachs and served as the CISO at NASA.
Whyte will succeed Steve Scott who plans to retire in the first half of 2022 after a storied career of more than 40 years in information security. Scott, who has led corporate cybersecurity at Truist since the merger of equals between BB&T and SunTrust in December 2019 and at BB&T prior to that, will serve as an advisor to Whyte to ensure a smooth transition prior to his retirement.