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Baker Named President and CEO of GB&T

March 25, 2011, Columbus, GA – Georgia Bank and Trust (GB&T), a division of Synovus Bank, announces the selection of Michael H. Baker as the President and Chief Executive Officer of GB&T.

Baker joined Georgia Bank and Trust last year as Executive Vice President, Community/Regional Executive. He most recently served as the Interim President and CEO of GB&T. Baker’s 28 years of banking experience includes serving as CEO for both Regions Bank and Heritage First Bank in Rome, Georgia. He began his banking career in Calhoun with Calhoun First National Bank.

“Michael has more than demonstrated his ability to lead the already strong GB&T team as he served in an interim role as president and CEO over the past two months,” said R. Dallis “D” Copeland, Jr., Chief Banking Officer of Synovus. “Michael is an experienced banker and knows the Calhoun and Cartersville communities well.  We have no doubt that he, along with the GB&T team, will continue exceeding the expectations of existing customers and grow new banking relationships in this market.”

Baker received his Bachelor of Science in Accounting/Management and Masters of Business Administration degrees from Jacksonville State University. He is also a graduate of the Louisiana State University Graduate School of Banking of the South.

His community involvement includes his service with the William S. Davies Homeless Shelter, American Cancer Society and Greater Rome, Georgia Chamber of Commerce.

Georgia Bank & Trust has four full-service branch locations within Bartow and Gordon Counties.  Its Main Office is located in Calhoun, with two additional branches in Calhoun and Fairmount and a fourth location in Cartersville.  See Georgia Bank & Trust on the web at or

Synovus Bank is a Georgia-chartered, FDIC-insured bank. Synovus Bank provides commercial and retail banking, as well as investment services through our affiliated companies, to customers through 30 locally branded divisions, 308 offices, and 439 ATMs in Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, Florida and Tennessee.  See Synovus Bank on the web at

Greg Hudgison
Title: External Communications Manager
Phone: 706-644-0528