Meet our team

Meet our team

Meredith Forrester

Executive Vice President – Chief Audit Executive

Experience:

Forrester joined Synovus in September 2021 as Executive Vice President, Chief Audit Executive. Forrester joined SunTrust in 2000 and was appointed managing director, internal audit, in 2011; senior managing director, internal audit, in 2015; and deputy general auditor in 2019. Following the merger of SunTrust and BB&T, she was named business, strategy and operations leader at Truist, where she functioned as chief operating and administrative officer for Legal, HR, and Inclusion and Diversity.

Education:

  • BBA, University of Georgia
  • MBA, Georgia State University

Affiliations

  • Georgia State University’s School of Accountancy Advisory Board (2018-present)
  • Pace Academy Alumni Board (2018-present) (vice president 2020-present)
  • American Red Cross Georgia Chapter Board of Directors (2011 – 2020)
  • American Red Cross Southern Region Blood Services Board of Directors (2005-2016) (vice chairman 2009 – 2011; chairman 2011 - 2016)

Summary of Responsibilities:
Forrester is responsible for the strategic direction, tactical plans, and operating procedures for the audit functions of Synovus. She advises management on control effectiveness and efficiency, and leads risk consulting in alignment with organizational priorities to help Synovus accomplish its objectives through a systematic, disciplined approach to evaluate and improve the effectiveness of risk management, control, and governance processes. She is responsible for the integration of policy, planning, organization and direction of all Synovus audit activities and ensures they operate in a manner independent of management. Forrester reports to the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors.