Black History Month Spotlight

Synovus CIO Robert Nobles

In honor of Black History Month, we’re recognizing exceptional African American team members helping to make modern history at our bank and leading us into the future. We celebrate Synovus Trust Chief Investment Officer Robert Nobles. Robert joined Synovus in 2006 as a portfolio manager, and during his 14-year history, has leveraged keen industry insights and leadership capabilities, rising through ranks to the role of chief investment officer in 2018. As CIO, he oversees more than $5 billion in assets under management.

Recalling a rewarding memory with Synovus, Robert mentions speaking on behalf of the company at an annual economic forecast luncheon. Among long-time investment professionals, Robert’s forecast was closest to actual industry results when forecasts were evaluated the following year. “This was the first time I won, and my hard work paid off,” Robert said. The experience changed him. He dug into his field, winning top sales awards, including Synovus’ distinguished Chairman’s Circle of Excellence recognition, which is awarded to team members who exceed sales goals and make extraordinary contributions to the company. Robert’s work ethic and insights have also garnered regular guest appearances and industry commentary in financial news media.

“Black History Month holds a special significance... It represents progress along a long road to equality where Black history becomes American history.”

Along with his professional responsibilities, Robert makes time to extend career advice to team members and connect with his community. He currently leads the meal ministry at Christ Community Church in Columbus, GA. The ministry provides encouragement and support to students at a local high school through fellowship, mentoring, and motivational speaking opportunities.

Robert’s judgment and insights make him a trusted sounding board for issues affecting Black communities and Synovus team members. He is a founding member of our CEO African American Advisory Council. Working directly with Chairman and CEO Kessel Stelling and the executive management team, the council was formed to monitor racial equity initiatives and present additional opportunities to advance diversity and inclusion efforts across our footprint. “In 2021, Black History Month holds a special significance because of the tumultuous year we’ve experienced regarding social injustice. It represents progress along a long road to equality where Black history becomes American history. I am proud to see the numerous events and people stepping forward to remember and honor those who have come before me,” he says.

Robert’s decades of experience, critical industry insight, and heart for servant leadership have helped drive meaningful change in our company and communities.

Here’s to you, Robert!