Synovus gives COO additional title of president

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Synovus Financial in Columbus, Ga., has given Kevin Blair, its chief operating officer, the additional title of president.

Blair, 49, had been promoted to chief operating officer in December last year. The title of president was previously held by Kessel Stelling, the chairman and chief executive of the $48 billion-asset company.

“Kevin has led some of our most impactful initiatives, including the successful completion of a significant merger and the restructuring of our go-to-market delivery model,” Stelling said in a news release.

Synovus in January acquired the $11 billion-asset Florida Community Bank in Weston.

Before his appointment as chief operating officer, Blair had been chief financial officer since 2016. Blair has also worked for SunTrust Banks as treasurer.

Blair, who will continue to report to Stelling, will retain oversight of the bank’s lines of business, technology and operations. As part of the promotion, he has been given the additional responsibilities of leading human resources, credit administration and all customer-facing support functions.

Synovus also promoted three other executives on Thursday. Mary Maurice Young, deputy general counsel, was given the additional title of corporate secretary. Gloria Banks, the chief compliance officer, was named to the additional position of chief ethics officer. Alison Dowe, the chief communications and corporate responsibility officer, was named an executive vice president.

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