Synovus Chief Strategy Officer Liz Wolverton Named One of 25 Women to Watch for 2016

COLUMBUS, Ga., Sept. 26, 2016 American Banker has named Synovus Chief Strategy Officer Liz Wolverton one of 25 Women to Watch for 2016 in its annual Most Powerful Women in Banking and Finance listing. The ranking recognizes women for their impact on their company, industry, and community at large, as well as their leadership and innovation-development capabilities. This is Wolverton’s second consecutive appearance on the list. She is the only Georgia banker on this year’s list.

As chief strategy officer, Wolverton works with all of Synovus’ business lines, as well as the executive and finance teams, to develop and implement the company’s strategic plan; identify and assess growth and business development opportunities; partner with business unit leaders to quantify return on investment of recommended business development projects; and monitor ongoing profitability.

Wolverton began her banking career with Synovus in 2003 as director of accounting and financial analysis. She was promoted to senior director of banking in 2011, and to chief strategy officer in 2014.

“One of the main qualities we look for when selecting women for the ranking is leadership, and Liz really stands out in that regard,” said Bonnie McGeer, executive editor of American Banker magazine and the chair of American Banker’s Women in Banking Editorial Committee.

“We are grateful to Liz for her continued leadership in the shaping and execution of our company’s growth strategy,” said Kessel Stelling, Synovus Chairman and CEO. “This is a well-deserved honor, and we are proud that Liz has again been recognized by American Banker as one of the best in our industry.”

The complete rankings can be viewed at American Banker’s website, and are featured in the October issue of American Banker magazine. The honorees will be celebrated at a dinner and awards ceremony on October 6 at Cipriani in New York City, hosted by American Banker and parent company SourceMedia. Speakers at the event, including honorees, will share their experiences and discuss the implications of growing female influence in the industry.

Synovus Financial Corp. is a financial services company based in Columbus, Georgia, with approximately $29 billion in assets. Synovus provides commercial and retail banking, investment, and mortgage services to customers through 28 locally-branded divisions, 251 branches, and 332 ATMs in Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, Florida, and Tennessee. Synovus Bank, a wholly owned subsidiary of Synovus, was recognized as one of America's Most Reputable Banks by American Banker and the Reputation Institute in 2016 and 2015. Synovus is on the web at, on Twitter @synovus, and on LinkedIn at

The Most Powerful Women in Banking and Finance recognizes the professional achievements, personal tenacity, and overall influence of the industry’s top-performing female executives. The annual program, now in its 14th year, encompasses four lists: the 25 Most Powerful Women in Banking™, the 25 Most Powerful Women in Finance, the 25 Women to Watch, and the Top Banking Teams. Rankings and details about the awards dinner are available at

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