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Gowen Named Chief Procurement Officer

October 17, 2011, Columbus, GA – Synovus Financial Corp. (NYSE - “SNV”), the Columbus, Georgia-based financial services company, today announced the selection of Kevin P. Gowen as Chief Procurement Officer and Group Executive over Procurement and Corporate Real Estate.

“Kevin has successfully led a number of key purchasing and vendor initiatives for Synovus,” said Al Gula, Chief Operations Officer of Synovus. “We look forward to his guidance and expertise in creating innovative solutions for strengthening our procurement processes and streamlining facilities management across our company.”

After 17 years with IBM, Gowen joined Synovus in 1996 and has served in various operational and leadership roles in technology and procurement. In 2008, he was named to the position of Senior Director of Procurement. He is now responsible for purchasing and facilities management of all property owned and occupied by Synovus. Gowen holds both Master of Science and Bachelor of Science degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology.

His community leadership roles include serving on the Soldier Marathon Committee, Muscogee County Partners in Education, and the United Way of the Chattahoochee Valley.

About Synovus

Synovus is a financial services company with more than $28 billion in assets based in Columbus, Georgia. Synovus’ bank divisions provide commercial and retail banking, investment and mortgage services to customers in Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, Florida and Tennessee. See Synovus on the web at


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