Smyre Announces Retirement from Synovus

December 22, 2014, COLUMBUS, GA – After 38 years of service to Synovus, Calvin Smyre has decided to retire from the position of Executive Vice President of Corporate Affairs at the end of this year.

“We are grateful for Calvin’s contributions to our company and for his positive impact on our community and the state of Georgia,” said Kessel Stelling, Chairman and CEO of Synovus. “We will miss Calvin’s leadership and valued insight, but we will continue to enjoy a great partnership and benefit from his commitment to build relationships that enhance our company and the communities we serve. We deeply appreciate his service to Synovus, and wish him well in his retirement.”

Smyre joined Synovus in 1976 as a Manager Trainee and in 1980 was promoted to Assistant Vice President and Marketing Officer for Columbus Bank and Trust. He later served as Senior Vice President and Assistant to the Chairman for Community Affairs in 1990, and was promoted to Executive Vice President of Corporate Affairs and President of the Synovus Foundation in 1999. He is a former member of the Synovus Corporate Executive Group.

“I am blessed and thankful for a career that has spanned for nearly four decades at Columbus Bank and Trust and Synovus.” added Smyre. “I get up every day with no problems because I love what I do. I am also excited about the next phase of my life. I consider retirement as a way of retreading. I will continue to serve and remain active in this community to help improve the quality of life for all citizens.”

Synovus Financial Corp. is a financial services company based in Columbus, Georgia with approximately $27 billion in assets. Synovus provides commercial and retail banking, investment, and mortgage services to customers through 28 locally-branded divisions, 258 branches, and 342 ATMs in Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, Florida, and Tennessee. See Synovus on the web at