Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Catherine A. Allen
Catherine A. Allen
Chairman and CEO
The Santa Fe Group
Catherine A. Allen Catherine A. Allen is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Santa Fe Group, a consulting group founded in 1996, specializing in the management of strategic financial services and critical infrastructure projects and in providing advisory services to executive officers and boards of directors. The Santa Fe Group manages the Shared Assessments Program, with over 270 major corporate members concerned about third party risk management. From 1997 to 2007, she was the founding Chief Executive Officer of BITS, a sister organization to the Financial Services Roundtable, which worked closely with executives of the nation’s largest financial institutions on strategic issues, including payments strategies, risk management, emerging technologies, e commerce, vendor risk, privacy, cyber security, counter terrorism, and security. At BITS, Ms. Allen also worked closely with the regulatory community and testified on Capitol Hill often on these issues. From 1989 to 1996, she held several executive positions at Citicorp in the retail, bankcard and corporate technology divisions and represented Citicorp in creating and chairing the Smart Card Forum, a multi-industry standards group. Prior to Citicorp, she was an executive in electronic publishing at Dun and Bradstreet. Ms. Allen holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri, a master’s degree from the University of Maryland, and an ABD in International Business from George Washington University. She currently serves on the board of El Paso Electric Company, a public company specializing in utilities, where she chairs its security committee and is a member of its energy and natural resources committee, nominating and governance committee, and public affairs committee. Previously, she served on the board of Stewart Information Services Corp., a public, customer-focused, global title insurance and real estate services company. She serves on the board of Analytics Pros, a privately held company, and on various other private, non-profit and civic boards, including the National Foundation for Credit Counseling. Ms. Allen has written four books with subjects ranging from emerging technologies and innovation to retirement, and she has been recognized for her work in financial services, technology, and innovation with an honorary doctorate from the University of Missouri, the US Banker Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Executive Women’s Forum Lifetime Achievement Award, among others. Ms. Allen’s in-depth knowledge and experience in the areas of payments, cyber security, risk management, emerging technologies, information technology and corporate governance provides a significant resource to the Board.
Tim E. Bentsen
Tim E. Bentsen
Audit Partner and Practice Leader (Ret.)
KPMG, LLP
Tim E. Bentsen Tim E. Bentsen is a former audit partner and practice leader of KPMG LLP, a U.S.-based global audit, tax and advisory services firm, a position he retired from in 2012. Over his 37 years with KPMG, he served as an audit partner for numerous banks and other financial services companies and served in a variety of leadership roles, including Southeast Area Managing Partner and Atlanta office Managing Partner. Mr. Bentsen also served on national leadership teams for the financial services and audit practice as well as on the firm’s national Operations Committee. In addition, he served as an account executive for many of the largest audit and non-audit clients in the Southeast where he had extensive involvement with audit committees and served as the lead partner for tax and advisory services including risk, regulatory, internal audit and operational services for a Top 10 U.S. bank. Mr. Bentsen has been a frequent speaker on corporate governance matters across the country and served in a leadership role for KPMG’s Audit Committee Institute and as an organizer and faculty member for the University of Georgia’s Directors’ College for over ten years. He is a faculty member at the J.M. Tull School of Accounting at the University of Georgia and an independent member of the board of trustees and audit committee of Ridgeworth Funds, a mutual fund complex. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Texas Tech University and has completed the Partner Development Program at Harvard University. Mr. Bentsen is a certified public accountant and a member of the American Institute and Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants. His extensive audit and accounting experience in the financial services industry coupled with his corporate governance, risk management and financial acumen enhances the Board’s knowledge in these areas.
Stephen T. Butler
Stephen T. Butler
CEO and Chairman of the Board (Ret.)
Stephen T. Butler Stephen T. Butler is the former Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of W.C. Bradley Co., a private consumer products and real estate company, a position he has held since 2008. Prior to that time and for 21 years, he served as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of W.C. Bradley Co. where he was responsible for the oversight and development of the company’s mass market home and leisure product businesses through acquisitions and new product introductions and the development of various real estate projects throughout Columbus, Georgia. In addition to his current service on the W.C. Bradley board, Mr. Butler currently serves as Chairman of the Board of our Columbus market advisory board, on the compensation committee of W.C. Bradley Co. and on the boards of various civic and non-profit companies, including St. Francis Hospital, Inc. and The Bradley-Turner Foundation. He attended Vanderbilt University and Columbus State University and completed the Harvard Advanced Management Program. Mr. Butler’s extensive leadership experience with a diversified company enhances the Board’s understanding of corporate strategy, compensation practices and risk management, among other things.
F. Dixon Brooke Jr.
F. Dixon Brooke Jr.
President and CEO (Ret.)
EBSCO Industries
F. Dixon Brooke Jr. F. Dixon Brooke, Jr. is the former President and Chief Executive Officer of EBSCO Industries, Inc., a privately owned company based in Birmingham, Alabama with a diverse range of business, including information services, publishing and digital media, outdoor products, real estate, manufacturing and general services, with operations in 23 countries and with approximately $2.7 billion in annual revenues. Mr. Brooke served as President and CEO of EBSCO for over eight years and served in various other leadership capacities during his 40 years of service with the company. Mr. Brooke currently serves as Chairman of the Board of First Commercial Bank, or FCB, a banking division of Synovus, and has served on the FCB board since its inception over 30 years ago. Mr. Brooke also serves as a director of EBSCO and McWane, Inc. and as a director of such non-profit boards as the Alabama Wildlife Federation, the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, and the Boy Scouts of America, Central Alabama Council. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Auburn University. Mr. Brooke’s extensive business acumen, executive leadership and his long-term experience and understanding of our banking organization provide the Board with a valuable resource related to corporate strategy and risk management.
Elizabeth W. Camp*
Elizabeth W. Camp*
President and CEO
DF Management, Inc.
Elizabeth W. Camp* Elizabeth W. Camp is President and Chief Executive Officer of DF Management, Inc., a private investment and commercial real estate management company, a position she has held since 2000. Previously, Ms. Camp served in various capacities, including President and Chief Executive Officer, of Camp Oil Company for 16 years. Before its sale in 2000, Camp Oil developed and operated convenience stores, truck stops and restaurants in nine states. Ms. Camp’s background also includes experience as a tax accountant with a major accounting firm and an attorney in law firms in Atlanta and Washington, D.C. Ms. Camp holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a law degree from the University of Georgia, as well as a master’s degree in taxation from Georgetown Law Center. Ms. Camp is a current director or trustee on the boards of several non-profit organizations, including the Woodruff Arts Foundation, University of Georgia Foundation, the Atlanta chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors, Vice Chair of the University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business Dean’s Advisory Council and the Boy Scouts Council of Atlanta. She is also an independent member of the board of directors of Genuine Parts Company, a public company engaged in the distribution of automotive replacement parts, industrial replacement parts, office products and electrical/electronic materials, where she serves on its audit committee. Previously, Ms. Camp served as a director of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia from 1992 to 2001. Ms. Camp’s background as an executive officer and her expertise in accounting, tax and legal matters provides expertise in management and auditing, as well as leadership skills to our Board.
Diana M. Murphy
Diana M. Murphy
Managing Director
Rocksolid Holdings, LLC
Diana M. Murphy Diana M. Murphy is the Managing Director of Rocksolid Holdings, LLC, a private equity firm focused on small businesses and real estate in the Southeast. She is also currently serving her seventh year on the Executive Committee of the United States Golf Association (“USGA”) and her second year as President of the USGA, having previously served as Treasurer and Vice President of the organization. In addition to these positions, Ms. Murphy chairs the USGA’s compensation committee and has focused on the organization’s strategic initiatives.

From 2012 to 2015, Ms. Murphy was Managing Director of the Georgia Research Alliance Venture Fund, a private equity firm invested in early-stage technology and life science companies created out of the state’s research universities. She also served eleven years as the Managing Director of Chartwell Capital Management Company, a private equity firm located in Jacksonville, Florida, and fifteen years as the Senior Vice President and Chief Revenue Officer of The Baltimore Sun Company.

Ms. Murphy currently serves as the non-executive Chairman of the Board of Landstar System, Inc., a public company that provides integrated transportation management solutions worldwide (“Landstar”), and on its audit committee, compensation committee, nominating and corporate governance committee, safety and risk committee and strategic planning committee. She served as the Lead Independent Director of Landstar from 2012 to 2015. Ms. Murphy also serves as a director of CTS Corporation, a public company that designs, manufactures and sells a broad line of sensors, electronic components and actuators globally, chairing its nominating and governance committee and serving on its compensation committee. Ms. Murphy serves on a number of other boards, both private and charitable, including the board of the Boys and Girls Club of Southeast Georgia and the advisory board of Synovus’ banking division in Brunswick, Georgia.
Jerry W. Nix
Jerry W. Nix
Vice Chairman and CFO (Ret.)
Genuine Parts Company
Jerry W. Nix Jerry W. Nix is the former Vice Chairman, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Genuine Parts Company. Prior to retiring in March 2013, Mr. Nix served as Chief Financial Officer for over 13 years and served in various other capacities with Genuine Parts before that time, including Senior Vice President—Finance. In addition to serving as a director of Genuine Parts, Mr. Nix serves on various civic and non-profit boards, including Young Harris College, Cobb County Chamber of Commerce, Cobb-Marietta Coliseum and Exhibit Hall Authority, John and Mary Franklin Foundation and Boy Scouts of America. Prior to joining Genuine Parts in 1978, Mr. Nix was an auditor with Ernst & Young and a pilot in the U.S. Air Force. Mr. Nix has bachelors’ degrees from both Mississippi State University and the University of Florida. Mr. Nix’s extensive financial and accounting experience with a large diversified public company provides the Board with a great resource in the financial, accounting, risk management, and investor relations areas.
Harris Pastides
Harris Pastides
President
University of South Carolina
Harris Pastides Harris Pastides is the President of the University of South Carolina, a position he has held since August 2008. From 2003 to 2008, Dr. Pastides served as vice president for research and health sciences and dean of the Arnold School of Public Health and as executive director of the South Carolina Research Foundation. He joined the University of South Carolina in 1998 as dean of the School of Public Health and as a professor of epidemiology. Dr. Pastides played a key role in the establishment of Health Sciences South Carolina, a consortium of the state’s research universities and leading hospital systems, and an integral part in the development of Innovista, the university’s 500-acre innovation and research district. Prior to joining the University of South Carolina, Dr. Pastides held various positions at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst for over 13 years, including professor of epidemiology and chairman of the department of biostatistics and epidemiology. In addition to serving on the advisory board of one of our banking divisions, NBSC, he has served on a number of professional organizations and civic boards, including the South Carolina Governors School for the Arts and Humanities, S.C. River Alliance, the Council on Research Policy and Graduate Education and EngenuitySC. He also serves as Chairman of the NCAA Division 1 Board of Directors. He received a master’s in public health, a master’s of philosophy degree in epidemiology and his doctorate degree from Yale University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Albany, State University of New York. Dr. Pastides is a former Fulbright senior research fellow and has received numerous other professional awards and recognitions for his research work. His experience in management and complex organizations and his background in research, innovation and education provides our Board with leadership and consensus-building skills on a variety of matters, including corporate governance and risk management.
Joseph J. Prochaska Jr.
Joseph J. Prochaska Jr.
Executive Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer (Ret.)
MetLife, Inc.
Joseph J. Prochaska Jr. Joseph J. Prochaska, Jr. is the former Executive Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer of MetLife, Inc., a public insurance and financial services company, a position he held from 2005 until his retirement in 2009. From 2003 to 2005, he served as MetLife’s Senior Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer. From 1992 to 2003, Mr. Prochaska served in various executive leadership positions at Aon Corporation, including Senior Vice President and Controller, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Aon Group, Inc. and President of Aon’s Financial Services Group. From 1975 to 1992, he served in various executive leadership positions at Shand, Morahan & Co., Inc. and Evanston Insurance Company, including Chief Financial Officer, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. In addition, Mr. Prochaska’s background includes experience with a major accounting firm in Chicago, Illinois as a certified public accountant. He holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Notre Dame. Mr. Prochaska currently serves on the board of several private companies and is a member of the audit committee for one of these companies. He has also received the designation of a Governance Fellow by the National Association of Corporate Directors. Mr. Prochaska’s extensive accounting experience in the financial services industry, his integral involvement in the day-to-day accounting and risk management practices of large global public companies and his compensation and insurance expertise provide our Board with a valuable resource.
John L. Stallworth
John L. Stallworth
PRESIDENT AND CEO (RET.) MADISON RESEARCH CORPORATION
John L. Stallworth John L. Stallworth is a partner of Genesis II, a family investment and philanthropic partnership, and the Chairman of the John Stallworth Foundation, a private foundation created in 1980 to provide college scholarships to students attending college in the state of Alabama. From 1986 to 2006, Mr. Stallworth was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Madison Research Corporation, or MRC, a private company engaged in engineering services and technology support for the defense industry. Prior to its sale in 2006, MRC employed 650 employees, had annual sales of $75 million and operated in seven states, including Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee. Mr. Stallworth is also retired from professional football, having played for the Pittsburgh Steelers for fourteen seasons. In 2002, he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Since 2009, Mr. Stallworth has been a partial owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers. In addition to his work with the John Stallworth Foundation, Mr. Stallworth serves on a number of charitable and private boards, including the advisory board of Synovus’ Huntsville market. He has also been an instrumental leader in the development and revitalization efforts of Huntsville’s downtown. Mr. Stallworth’s background and considerable business experience, along with his leadership, economic development, civil and educational involvement, provide our Board with a valuable resource.
Kessel D. Stelling Jr.
Kessel D. Stelling Jr.
Chairman of the Board, President & CEO
Synovus
Kessel D. Stelling Jr. Kessel D. Stelling is the Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and President of Synovus. He has been Chairman since January 1, 2012 and Chief Executive Officer and President since October 2010, after serving as Acting Chief Executive Officer from June to October 2010 while Richard E. Anthony was on a medical leave of absence. Prior to that time and since February 2010, Mr. Stelling served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Synovus. From June 2008 until February 2010, Mr. Stelling served as the Regional Chief Executive Officer of Synovus’ Atlanta area market. Prior to that time, he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Bank of North Georgia, or BNG, a banking division of Synovus, having been appointed to that position in December 2006. Mr. Stelling founded Riverside Bancshares, Inc. and Riverside Bank in 1996 and served as its Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer until 2006 when Riverside Bancshares, Inc. merged with and into Synovus and Riverside Bank merged with and into BNG. Prior to that time, Mr. Stelling worked in various management capacities in banking in the Atlanta region, having begun his career in the industry in 1974. Mr. Stelling holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Georgia and is a graduate of Louisiana State University School of Banking of the South. He serves on the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia and on the board of Georgia Power, the largest subsidiary of Southern Company, a public company, and one of the nation’s largest generators of electricity. Mr. Stelling also serves as the treasurer and as a member of the executive committee of the Financial Services Roundtable and as a director of several civic and non-profit organizations, including the Georgia Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Stelling’s extensive banking and leadership experience, along with his in-depth knowledge of our corporate strategy and day-to-day operations, provides our Board with an important resource in understanding our markets and industry and in effectively managing our risk.
Dr. Melvin T. Stith
Dr. Melvin T. Stith
Dean (Ret.) Whitman School of Management
Syracuse University
Dr. Melvin T. Stith Melvin T. Stith is the Dean Emeritus of the Martin J. Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University and served as Dean from 2005 until July 2013. Prior to becoming Dean at Syracuse, Dr. Stith was the Dean and Jim Moran Professor of Business Administration at Florida State University for 13 years. He has been a professor of marketing and business since 1977 after having served in the U.S. Army Military Intelligence Command and achieving the rank of Captain. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Norfolk State College and a master’s degree in business administration and a Ph.D. in marketing from Syracuse University. Dr. Stith currently serves on the board of Flowers Foods, Inc., a publicly held baked foods company, where he serves on the compensation committee and corporate governance committee, and the board of Aflac Incorporated, a publicly held, Fortune 500 supplemental insurance company, where he serves on the audit and risk committee and its corporate governance committee. He has also served on the boards of various private companies and is a current or past director of Beta Gamma Sigma, the national honorary society for business schools, the Jim Moran Foundation, the Graduate Management Admissions Council, Keebler Foods Company, Rexall Sundown, Inc. and Correctional Services Corporation. Dr. Stith’s leadership skills in consensus-building, risk management and executive management and his financial acumen add an important dimension to our Board’s composition.
Barry L. Storey
Barry L. Storey
Principal
BLS Holding Group, LLC
Barry L. Storey Barry L. Storey is the Principal of BLS Holdings Group, LLC, an Augusta, Georgia-based company with the primary focus of managing a portfolio of retail real estate properties and various alternative assets. Prior to January 2015, he was the Founding Partner of Hull Storey Gibson Companies, LLC, a retail acquisition and development real estate company founded in 1992 that owned and operated over 13 million square feet of retail strip centers and enclosed mall properties in the Southeast. Prior to 1992, Mr. Storey worked as a project manager in the Mall Development Division for CBL & Associates Properties, Inc. and as a real estate leasing manager for NTS Development Corporation. He has extensive real estate expertise and experience in many of the markets in which we serve. Mr. Storey holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Georgia, is a trustee of the University of Georgia Foundation and the Chair of the University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business Dean’s Advisory Council. Mr. Storey serves on numerous civic and professional boards of directors, as well as on the advisory board of AFB&T, one of our banking divisions. His extensive experience in real estate acquisition, development and management and his background in the markets in which we serve provides our Board with significant insight, particularly as we continue to refine and execute our growth and expense reduction strategies for the future.
Philip W. Tomlinson
Philip W. Tomlinson
CEO and Chairman of the Board (Ret.)
Total System Services, Inc.
Philip W. Tomlinson Philip W. Tomlinson is the former Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of TSYS, a publicly held global payments processing company. Prior to his retirement as Chief Executive Officer of TSYS in 2014 and his retirement as Chairman of the Board in 2015, Mr. Tomlinson served as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of TSYS for eight years. From 1982 until 2006, Mr. Tomlinson served in various capacities with TSYS, including Chief Executive Officer and President. From TSYS’ incorporation in December 1982, Mr. Tomlinson played a key role in almost every major strategy that has shaped TSYS’ development. Mr. Tomlinson is a former member of the Financial Services Roundtable and a graduate of Louisiana State University School of Banking of the South. Mr. Tomlinson serves as a director of TSYS and as an advisory director of CB&T and is also a member of the Georgia Economic Development Board and other charitable and civic organizations’ board of directors. As the former CEO and Chairman of a large public company, Mr. Tomlinson provides valuable insight and guidance on the issues of corporate governance, strategy, risk management and investor relations, particularly as to his expertise and understanding of the current trends within the financial services industry and as to his diverse relationships within the financial services community.
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