Friday, September 19, 2008

Synovus Announces Leadership Changes

BUSINESS WIRE --Synovus (NYSE: SNV), the Columbus, Georgia-based financial services company, has appointed Mark G. Holladay to the newly created position of Chief Risk Officer of Synovus. Kevin J. Howard will replace Holladay as Chief Credit Officer. Roy Dallis “D” Copeland, Jr., was named to the new position of Chief Commercial Officer. All appointments are effective immediately.

“Establishing the Chief Risk Officer position is a significant step in ensuring we maintain high, stringent standards for managing enterprise risk,” said Richard E. Anthony, Chairman and CEO of Synovus. “Mark’s experience in lending and credit risk management makes him the clear choice to fill this role. We are also pleased to have Kevin Howard move into the Chief Credit Officer position. He has demonstrated his skill in this area and is ready to take on his new responsibilities.”

Reporting directly to Richard Anthony, Holladay’s new responsibilities include overseeing the Enterprise Risk and Credit Risk Management areas of the company.

Holladay was promoted to the position of Executive Vice President and Chief Credit Officer of Synovus in 2000. He was appointed Executive Vice President of Banking/Client Delivery in 1994 and previously served as Senior Vice President of Commercial Lending. Holladay began his career with Synovus in 1974 with Columbus Bank and Trust Company (CB&T). Holladay is a graduate of Columbus State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology. He has also completed the School of Banking and Master of Banking School programs at Louisiana State University.

In his new role, Howard will report to Synovus President and COO Fred L. Green III. Among his responsibilities, he will manage the credit and loan administration standards set for Synovus banks.

Howard was named Senior Vice President and Credit Manager of Synovus in 2004. In 2000, he was promoted to the position of Senior Vice President of commercial real estate, correspondent and affiliate lending. He joined CB&T as a Vice President in 1993, after five years in commercial banking. Howard is a graduate of the University of Alabama with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance, and he completed the Commercial Lending Graduate School of the University of Oklahoma.

Synovus is also strengthening its commercial banking strategy through the appointment of D Copeland as the new Chief Commercial Officer. Copeland will be responsible for leading efforts to expand relationships with middle market businesses throughout the southeast.

“As a seasoned banker, and through his most recent success as CEO of one of our community banks, D will infuse a new level of energy into our commercial banking strategy,” said Anthony. “C&I is an important line of business for diversifying Synovus’ commercial credit portfolio and for generating new revenue.”

Copeland most recently served as the President and CEO of Citizens First Bank in Rome, Georgia. He has led various banking departments from Retail and Commercial Banking to Senior Manager of the Financial Services Group at CB&T. Copeland began his career with CB&T in 1992. He is a graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Management.

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