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Synovus Announces Retirement of Elizabeth R. “Lee Lee” James

Columbus, GA, January 3, 2011 – Synovus Financial Corp. (NYSE - “SNV”), the Columbus, Georgia-based financial services company, today announced that Elizabeth R. “Lee Lee” James is retiring as the Chief People Officer and Chief Information Officer for the company.  Since joining the Synovus family in 1986, James has served in various roles, including Training and Human Resources. She was promoted to Chief People Officer in 1996 and Chief Information Officer in 2000.  James has most recently been responsible for the company’s support, operations and technology divisions.

Synovus President and CEO Kessel Stelling commented on the announcement, “The Synovus family is grateful to Lee Lee for her nearly 25 years of service.  She has played a key role in helping shape the culture and people practices of our company. Her dedication and commitment have made a lasting impact on Synovus and the Columbus community as a whole, and we wish her the very best.”

About Synovus

Synovus is a financial services company with $31 billion in assets based in Columbus, Georgia.  Synovus provides commercial and retail banking, investment and mortgage services to customers in Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, Florida and Tennessee.  See Synovus on the web at

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