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Farmer and Obleton Named Executive Vice Presidents at CB&T

November 12, 2009, Columbus, GA --  The Board of Directors of Columbus Bank and Trust (CB&T), a Synovus affiliated bank, today elected Timothy J. Farmer to Executive Vice President, Retail Lead, and Carolynn Obleton to Executive Vice President, Retail Branches.

“I am pleased to have Tim and Carolynn taking on expanded leadership roles at Columbus Bank and Trust,” said Billy Blanchard, President and COO of CB&T.   “They share over 53 years of banking experience and have proven their abilities in many roles in the bank.  Both are talented and experienced leaders who will lead our team members as we continue to serve our customers and focus on future growth.”

Farmer is a 33-year veteran of CB&T, starting his career as a part-time teller.  He has served in various positions within Branch Baking, Audit and Bank Operations.   He was named Private Client Services Market Leader in 2004.   Farmer is a 1981 graduate of Columbus State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, and the Louisiana State University School of Banking.   His community involvement includes serving on the Board of Directors of Columbus Hospice, Valley Rescue Mission and is a lifetime member of the Columbus Chamber of Commerce.

Obleton joined CB&T in 1989 as a management associate.  She previously served in positions ranging from credit analyst to Private Client relations.   Obleton was promoted to the position of Senior Vice President, Branch Banking Group in 2003.   She is a graduate of Columbus Sate University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and is currently attending the Stonier Graduate School of Banking.   Her community leadership includes serving as the Chairperson of the Junior Achievement Board of Directors, Trustee of the Columbus Museum, and a member of the Board of Directors of Girls, Inc.

Also elected by the board to Senior Vice President positions were:

            Mike Corradino – Commercial Real Estate

            Mitchell Watkins – Business Banking

            Lee Sessions – Private Client Services

            Gary Hurley – Financial Services Group

            Bill Grayson and Eric Tikkanen – Regional Credit

About Columbus Bank and Trust

Columbus Bank and Trust was established in 1888 and has grown to more than $7 billion in assets, with 18 branch offices and over 70 ATMs in Columbus and Fort Benning, Georgia.   CB&T offers a diverse line of business and personal financial products and services including Business Banking, Investment Services and Mortgage Lending.   CB&T is one of 30 Synovus banks.

About Synovus

Synovus is a financial services holding company with more than $34 billion in assets based in Columbus, Georgia.  Synovus provides commercial and retail banking, as well as investment services, to customers through 30 banks, 330 offices, and 467 ATMs in Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, Florida and Tennessee.  The Company focuses on its unique decentralized customer delivery model, position in attractive Southeast markets and commitment to being a great place to work to ensure unparalleled customer experiences. See Synovus on the Web at

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