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James Honored with American Banker’s “2007 Innovator Award”

November 26, 2007, Columbus, GA – Synovus (NYSE: SNV), the Columbus, Georgia-based financial services company, recently announced that Elizabeth “Lee Lee” James, Synovus Vice Chairman and Chief People Officer, has been selected to receive the “2007 Innovator Award” from American Banker newspaper. James is being honored for her continuing work to foster a culture of innovation at Synovus.

The financial services publication also cited Synovus for demonstrating uncommon leadership in technology – in particular payment systems – as well as customer service and corporate culture. The company was also honored for being one of the first U.S. banking companies to introduce mobile banking and one of the first to use enterprise software to integrate the management of its various sales channels – including branches and call centers.

The “2007 Innovator Award” will be among six awards presented to industry leaders at this year’s Banker of The Year Award ceremony scheduled for November 29 at the Pierre Hotel in New York City. The other honorees and profiles are available on the newspaper’s website at

 About Synovus

Synovus (NYSE: “SNV”) is a financial services holding company with $34 billion in assets based in Columbus, Georgia. Synovus provides commercial and retail banking, as well as investment services, to customers through 37 banks, 440 ATMs, and other Synovus offices in Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, Florida and Tennessee; and electronic payment processing through an 81-percent stake in TSYS (NYSE: “TSS”), one of the world’s largest companies for outsourced payment services.  The company focuses on its unique decentralized customer delivery model, position in high-growth Southeast markets and commitment to being a great place to work to ensure the delivery of unparalleled customer experiences. Synovus has been named one of “The 100 Best Companies to Work For” in America by FORTUNE magazine, and has been recognized in its Hall of Fame for consecutive appearances on the list since its inception in 1998.  See Synovus on the Web at

Greg Hudgison
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