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Meet our leadership

Debra B. Stanford

Interim Chief Human Resources Officer

Stanford began her career in retail banking with Columbus Bank & Trust, then served more than 15 years as a human resource professional in the banking industry. She was regional HR director and chief administrative officer for Synovus’ Atlanta/North Georgia region from 2005 to 2010, then relocated to the company’s Columbus headquarters, where she served as executive vice president of HR and corporate communications until April 2013. Stanford returned to Synovus as Interim Chief Human Resources Officer in December 2019.


  • B.A., Columbus State University


  • Member, Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)

Summary of Responsibilities
Stanford is responsible for all aspects of Human Resources, including talent acquisition, benefits, compensation, learning and development, HR operations, and HR delivery.