Meet our team

Meet our team

Kessel Stelling

Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors

Stelling joined Synovus in March 2006 when the company purchased Riverside and merged it with Bank of North Georgia. He was named President and Chief Operating Officer of Synovus in February 2010, acting Chief Executive Officer in June 2010, and President and Chief Executive Officer in October 2010. He became Chairman of the Board in January 2012 and Executive Chairman following his retirement as CEO in April 2021. Under Stelling’s leadership, Synovus navigated the financial crisis, consolidated 30 bank charters into one, returned to sustained profitability, and led a historic transition from 26 separately-branded divisions to the Synovus brand name.


  • B.B.A., Banking and Finance, University of Georgia
  • Graduate School of Banking of the South, Louisiana State University
  • Honorary Doctorate in Business Administration, University of South Carolina


  • Board Member, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
  • Board Member and former Chairman (2016), Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia
  • Board Member, Georgia Power
  • Board Member, Georgia Chamber of Commerce
  • Board Member, Georgia Historical Society


  • Leadership Character Award from the Robert K. Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership, 2014
  • Blue Key Service Award, University of Georgia Chapter of the Blue Key National Honor Society, 2013
  • Named to the list of the “100 Most Influential Georgians” by Georgia Trend Magazine every year since 2009
  • “Distinguished Alumni Award” by the University of Georgia Terry College of Business, 2009