Synovus hires Renasant CIO as tech boss

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Synovus Financial in Columbus, Ga., has recruited a veteran of Renasant and Regions banks to lead its tech operations and investments.

The $32 billion-asset Synovus said Monday that it had named Zack Bishop its executive vice president of technology and operations, effective immediately. Most recently, Bishop was executive vice president and chief information officer at Renasant in Tupelo, Miss., for a little over five years, where he oversaw all of the bank’s digital, electronic and internet operations.

“Zack has extensive experience leading technology and operations, delivering digital banking systems, recognizing emerging technologies, building scalable network infrastructures, managing mergers and acquisitions, and guiding system integration,” Chairman and CEO Kessel D. Stelling said in a press release.

Tech investments aimed at improving customer experience and efficiency are vital for growth, Stelling said.

Bishop was responsible for integrating the technology and systems of six acquisitions during the five years he worked at the $12.7 billion-asset Renasant, the release said.

Bishop’s M&A experience was undoubtedly attractive to Synovus, which announced this summer that it would buy the $11 billion-asset FCB Financial Holdings in Weston, Fla. When completed, the acquisition would be Synovus’ first whole-bank purchase since 2006, and the second-biggest bank transaction this year after Fifth Third Bancorp’s acquisition of MB Financial in Chicago.

Before Renasant, Bishop spent nine years at Regions Bank in Birmingham, Ala., working in a number of technology and operations roles including head of corporate systems and director of enterprise applications. He began his banking career at Union Planters Bank in Memphis, Tenn., which was later acquired by Regions.

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