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Section 1: 8-K (8-K)


Washington, D.C. 20549

Form 8-K


Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of
the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

June 3, 2019 (June 3, 2019)
Date of Report
(Date of earliest event reported)

Synovus Financial Corp.
(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in its Charter)

(State of incorporation)
(Commission File Number)
(IRS Employer Identification No.)

1111 Bay Avenue, Suite 500, Columbus, Georgia 31901
(Address of principal executive offices) (Zip Code)

(706) 649-2311
(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)
(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)

Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the registrant under any of the following provisions:

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Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:
Title of each class
Trading Symbol
Name of each exchange on which registered
Common Stock, $1.00 Par Value
New York Stock Exchange
Fixed-to-Floating Rate Non-Cumulative Perpetual Preferred Stock, Series D
New York Stock Exchange

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933 (§ 230.405 of this chapter) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (§ 240.12b-2 of this chapter).

Emerging growth company o

If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act. o

Item 5.02
Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.

On June 3, 2019, Synovus Financial Corp. (the “Company”) announced the appointment of Jamie Gregory as the Company’s Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, effective June 24, 2019.

Mr. Gregory, age 43, has more than 20 years in the commercial banking industry, most recently serving as Executive Vice President and Head of Corporate Financial Strategy at Regions Financial Corporation, a financial services organization headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama (“Regions”). Prior to his role as Executive Vice President and Head of Corporate Financial Strategy, Mr. Gregory served as Executive Vice President and Head of Finance and Corporate Development at Regions from 2015-2019, Executive Vice President and Head of Corporate Development and Profitability from 2013-2015, Assistant Treasurer from 2010-2013 and Chief Investment Officer from 2009-2013. Prior to joining Regions, Mr. Gregory was a Senior Vice President and Portfolio Manager at Wachovia Bank. Mr. Gregory holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from North Carolina State University and a MBA from Duke University Fuqua School of Business.

Pursuant to Mr. Gregory’s offer of employment from the Company, he will receive the following compensation: (1) an annual base salary of $475,000; (2) a $200,000 signing bonus (subject to certain repayment provisions); (3) commencing with fiscal year 2019, participation in the Company’s annual incentive program, which provides cash awards to the Company’s executive officers and other key employees based on the achievement of goals established annually by the Company’s Compensation Committee, with an initial target award of 75% of base salary, and a guaranteed minimum payout of $365,250 for fiscal year 2019; (4) a one-time restricted stock unit award with a value (calculated as of his date of hire) of approximately $300,000, which award will vest in equal parts over three years; (5) participation in the Company’s long-term incentive compensation programs, including equity plans, upon terms and in amounts established by the Company’s Compensation Committee, with an initial target annual award value of $500,000; (6) assistance in connection with his relocation to the Columbus, Georgia area (subject to certain repayment provisions); and (7) participation in the Company’s health and welfare, 401(k) and other employee and executive benefits plans in accordance with their terms. Upon the commencement of his employment, the Company will also enter into a change in control agreement with Mr. Gregory upon terms substantially similar to those with other senior executives of the Company. The summary of material terms of the Company’s standard change in control agreement is incorporated by reference from pages 49-50 of the Company’s proxy statement, which was filed with the SEC on March 12, 2019. Mr. Gregory will not be entering into an employment agreement with the Company.

No family relationships exist between Mr. Gregory and any of the Company’s directors or other executive officers. There are no arrangements between Mr. Gregory and any other person pursuant to which Mr. Gregory was selected as an officer, nor are there any transactions to which the Company is or was a participant and in which Mr. Gregory has a material interest subject to disclosure under Item 404(a) of Regulation S-K.

Effective June 24, 2019, Kevin S. Blair will resign from his position as Interim Chief Financial Officer; however, he will remain employed by the Company as Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.

The Company issued a press release on June 3, 2019, announcing Mr. Gregory’s appointment as Chief Financial Officer, as well as Mr. Blair’s resignation from such position. A copy of that press release is filed as Exhibit 99.1 to this Current Report on Form 8-K.

Item 9.01
Financial Statements and Exhibits
Exhibit No.


Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, the registrant has duly caused this Report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.
Date: June 3, 2019
By: /s/ Allan E. Kamensky
Name: Allan E. Kamensky
Title: Executive Vice President, General Counsel
          and Secretary

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Section 2: EX-99.1 (EXHIBIT 99.1)


Exhibit 99.1

For Immediate Release
Lee Underwood
Media Relations
(706) 644-0528
Jamie Gregory Named Chief Financial Officer of Synovus

COLUMBUS, GA., June 3, 2019 - Synovus Financial Corp (NYSE: SNV) today announced the appointment of Jamie Gregory as executive vice president and chief financial officer (CFO), effective June 24. He currently serves as executive vice president and head of corporate financial strategy for Regions Financial Corporation. Gregory succeeds Kevin Blair, who has served as acting CFO since December 2018, when he was appointed chief operating officer of Synovus.

“Jamie is a highly regarded industry executive with a long history of leading the most critical aspects of corporate finance,” said Kessel D. Stelling, chairman and CEO of Synovus. “His background and expertise will bring added strength and perspective to our company as we focus on growth and performance in a competitive industry. Jamie will also be a great cultural fit because of his deep appreciation for our local, relationship-centered delivery model, our team members, and our commitment to serving communities. We are truly excited to welcome him to the team.”

Gregory joined Regions in 2009 and served as chief investment officer, assistant treasurer, head of corporate development and profitability, and head of finance and corporate development before being named head of corporate financial strategy earlier this year. Before joining Regions, Gregory was with Wachovia for 10 years, where he held a number of corporate investment and portfolio management positions. Gregory’s community service includes the Mountain Brook Planning Commission, where he serves as secretary, and on the boards of directors of The Literary Council and Jones Valley Teaching Farm.

Gregory earned a B.A. in Economics from North Carolina State University and an MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.

Synovus Financial Corp. is a financial services company based in Columbus, Georgia, with approximately $47 billion in assets. Synovus provides commercial and retail banking, investment, and mortgage services through 297 branches in Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, Florida, and Tennessee. Synovus Bank, a wholly owned subsidiary of Synovus, was named one of American Banker’s “Best Banks to Work For” in 2018 and has been recognized as one of the country’s 10 “Most Reputable Banks” by American Banker and the Reputation Institute for four consecutive years. Synovus is on the web at, and on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram.

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