Meet our team

Meet our team

Steve Sawyer

Chief Audit Executive


Sawyer joined Synovus in 1980 as Audit Manager and was promoted to Assistant General Auditor in 1982. He was named Chief Audit Executive in 2003.


  • BBA, Accounting, University of Georgia
  • Graduate of School for Bank Administration, University of Wisconsin

Accreditations and Affiliations

  • Certified Public Accountant
  • Chartered Bank Auditor
  • Member of the Board of Directors, Columbus, GA, Chapter of the Institute of Internal Auditors
  • Chairman, Best Audit Practices Peer Group

Summary of Responsibilities
Sawyer is responsible for the strategic direction, tactical plans, and operating procedures for the audit functions of Synovus. He 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. He 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. Sawyer reports to the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors.