Smyre Appointed Chairman, CEO of Synovus Foundation; Succeeds Wellborn in Directing Synovus' Corporate Giving

Apr 11, 2001, 01:00 ET from Synovus Financial Corp.

    COLUMBUS, Ga., April 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Calvin Smyre has been named
 chairman and CEO of the Synovus Foundation, Incorporated, the organization
 that directs corporate and philanthropic gifts from Synovus Financial
 Corp.(NYSE:   SNV), the company announced Tuesday.  Smyre, the foundation's
 second presiding officer, will succeed Sam M. Wellborn, III, who retired from
 the foundation earlier this year.  The Synovus Foundation was established in
 1998.
     Smyre, the executive vice president of corporate affairs for Synovus,
 first joined the company in 1976 and now serves as a member of the company's
 executive management team.  Smyre was the youngest member of the Georgia House
 of Representatives in 1974 when he was first elected at 26 years old.  He now
 serves as chairman of the House Rules Committee and chairman of the House
 Majority Caucus.  Smyre is also a member of the House Appropriations
 Committee.
     Smyre also serves on several boards across the state: the Morehouse School
 of Medicine in Atlanta, the Medical College of Georgia Foundation, the Jack D.
 Hughston Sports Medicine Hospital Foundation in Columbus, the Columbus Museum,
 chairman of the Project Development Team for the RiverCenter for the
 Performing Arts in Columbus, the University of Georgia Foundation and chairman
 of the Fort Valley State University Foundation.
     "In his public service and professional career, Calvin has shown the
 dedication, wisdom and concern that we need for the Synovus Foundation to
 continue its established mission of improving the quality of life in every
 community served by our company," said James H. Blanchard, chairman and CEO of
 Synovus Financial Corp.
     "We are grateful, indeed, for the faithful stewardship with which Sam
 Wellborn has served.  His hands have shaped the legacy of a foundation that
 seeks to make each of our communities better places for every person to work
 and live," Blanchard said.  "The Synovus Foundation has become one of the most
 effective ways we can extend our company's 'culture of the heart' beyond the
 walls of our workplace and into our streets and neighborhoods."
     Synovus Financial Corp. is a multi-financial services company with more
 than $14.9 billion in assets based in Columbus, Ga., Synovus is composed of 39
 banks in Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina and Florida; an 80.8-percent stake
 in TSYS (NYSE:   TSS) (www.tsys.com ), one of the world's leading payment
 services providers; DotsConnect (www.dotsconnect.com ), which delivers and
 hosts online credit card management solutions; Synovus Wealth Management, a
 marketing unit for securities, trust, insurance and private banking services;
 Synovus Mortgage Corp.; and Synovus Leasing Services.  Synovus is No. 8 on
 FORTUNE magazine's list of "The 100 Best Companies To Work For" in 2001.  See
 Synovus on the Web at www.synovus.com .
 
 

SOURCE Synovus Financial Corp.
    COLUMBUS, Ga., April 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Calvin Smyre has been named
 chairman and CEO of the Synovus Foundation, Incorporated, the organization
 that directs corporate and philanthropic gifts from Synovus Financial
 Corp.(NYSE:   SNV), the company announced Tuesday.  Smyre, the foundation's
 second presiding officer, will succeed Sam M. Wellborn, III, who retired from
 the foundation earlier this year.  The Synovus Foundation was established in
 1998.
     Smyre, the executive vice president of corporate affairs for Synovus,
 first joined the company in 1976 and now serves as a member of the company's
 executive management team.  Smyre was the youngest member of the Georgia House
 of Representatives in 1974 when he was first elected at 26 years old.  He now
 serves as chairman of the House Rules Committee and chairman of the House
 Majority Caucus.  Smyre is also a member of the House Appropriations
 Committee.
     Smyre also serves on several boards across the state: the Morehouse School
 of Medicine in Atlanta, the Medical College of Georgia Foundation, the Jack D.
 Hughston Sports Medicine Hospital Foundation in Columbus, the Columbus Museum,
 chairman of the Project Development Team for the RiverCenter for the
 Performing Arts in Columbus, the University of Georgia Foundation and chairman
 of the Fort Valley State University Foundation.
     "In his public service and professional career, Calvin has shown the
 dedication, wisdom and concern that we need for the Synovus Foundation to
 continue its established mission of improving the quality of life in every
 community served by our company," said James H. Blanchard, chairman and CEO of
 Synovus Financial Corp.
     "We are grateful, indeed, for the faithful stewardship with which Sam
 Wellborn has served.  His hands have shaped the legacy of a foundation that
 seeks to make each of our communities better places for every person to work
 and live," Blanchard said.  "The Synovus Foundation has become one of the most
 effective ways we can extend our company's 'culture of the heart' beyond the
 walls of our workplace and into our streets and neighborhoods."
     Synovus Financial Corp. is a multi-financial services company with more
 than $14.9 billion in assets based in Columbus, Ga., Synovus is composed of 39
 banks in Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina and Florida; an 80.8-percent stake
 in TSYS (NYSE:   TSS) (www.tsys.com ), one of the world's leading payment
 services providers; DotsConnect (www.dotsconnect.com ), which delivers and
 hosts online credit card management solutions; Synovus Wealth Management, a
 marketing unit for securities, trust, insurance and private banking services;
 Synovus Mortgage Corp.; and Synovus Leasing Services.  Synovus is No. 8 on
 FORTUNE magazine's list of "The 100 Best Companies To Work For" in 2001.  See
 Synovus on the Web at www.synovus.com .
 
 SOURCE  Synovus Financial Corp.