As Chairman and CEO of Synovus, a $31 billion asset bank, Kessel Stelling leads a talented team of bankers, investment professionals, and support teams in developing strategies designed to drive growth. Mr. Stelling guides a team consisting of commercial, retail, corporate, and financial management services professionals in building long-term relationships while also ensuring the company remains focused on fostering a great working environment, effectively managing risk, reducing expenses, and increasing shareholder value.
Mr. Stelling began his career with Synovus in March 2006 when the company purchased Riverside Bancshares, Inc., and merged it with Bank of North Georgia, headquartered in Alpharetta, Georgia. In June 2008, he was promoted to Synovus Regional CEO for the Atlanta market. Mr. Stelling was named Synovus President and Chief Operating Officer in February 2010 and was named President and Chief Executive Officer in October 2010. He became Chairman of the Board in January 2012.
Mr. Stelling is a current board member and former chairman of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia. He also sits on the boards of Realizing Educational Achievement Can Happen (REACH) Foundation, Georgia Power, and Georgia Chamber of Commerce.
Additionally, Mr. Stelling has received the Leadership Character Award from the Robert K. Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership, the Blue Key Service Award from the University of Georgia Chapter of the Blue Key National Honor Society, 2013, the Distinguished Alumni Award” by the University of Georgia Terry College of Business, and has been named to the list of the “100 Most Influential Georgians” by Georgia Trend Magazine every year since 2009.