Sharon Goodwine Named Chief Human Resources Officer of Synovus

Upshaw Promoted to Chief of Staff

COLUMBUS, GA., May 5, 2021 – Synovus Financial Corp (NYSE: SNV) today announced the appointment of Sharon Goodwine as executive vice president and chief human resources officer (CHRO), effective May 17. She was previously head of enterprise talent, executive vice president, at Wells Fargo, where she held a range of HR-related positions for more than 20 years. Goodwine succeeds Debra Stanford, who has served as acting CHRO since December 2019.

“As a growth-focused relationship bank, we couldn’t be more excited to welcome Sharon to Synovus,” said Kevin Blair, president and CEO of Synovus. “With more than two decades of experience in nearly every aspect of HR — including talent acquisition, learning and development, strategic business consulting, succession planning, organizational design and effectiveness, compensation, and diversity and inclusion — she is the right person to lead this critical function at exactly the right time. We are also incredibly grateful to Debra Stanford for her service to Synovus as interim CHRO over the last 17 months and we congratulate her on a well-deserved return to retirement.”

Goodwine joined Wells Fargo in 2000 and held HR manager and leadership positions partnering with investment banking, commercial banking, and corporate banking before heading enterprise talent. Goodwine began her banking career with SunTrust in 1995, following graduation from Spelman College, where she earned a B.A. with honors.

Synovus also recently announced the appointment of Jennifer Upshaw as chief of staff to Blair. Upshaw joined Synovus as a retail banker in 2003 and has held a range of positions at the bank, including senior director of marketing and, most recently, chief retail banking officer. She is a graduate of the University of Georgia.

Synovus Financial Corp. is a financial services company based in Columbus, Georgia, with approximately $55 billion in assets. Synovus provides commercial and retail banking, investment, and mortgage services through 285 branches in Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, Florida, and Tennessee. Synovus is a Great Place to Work-Certified Company and is on the web at, and on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram.