Kessel Stelling

Chairman & Chief Executive Officer at Synovus Financial Corp.

Kessel Stelling

Kessel Stelling

Chairman & Chief Executive Officer at Synovus Financial Corp.

Overview
Career Highlights

Synovus Financial Corp.
Synovus Bank (Columbus, Georgia)
Bank of North Georgia

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2466

Number of Boards

23

Birthday

1957

Age

64

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Curator at Georgia Historical Society

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Curator at Georgia Historical Society

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Lead Director at AT&T, Inc.

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Vice Chairman at Georgia Historical Society

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Member-Councilors Board at The Carter Center, Inc.

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Principal at BLS Holding Group LLC

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Former Chief Executive Officer at W.C. Bradley Co.

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Curator at Georgia Historical Society

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Executive Vice President Chief Risk Officer at Synovus Financial Corp.

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Former Executive Vice President & Chief Retail Banking Officer at Synovus Financial Corp.

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Kessel Stelling
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer at Synovus Financial Corp.
Education
Graduate
Class of 1988

Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University has been a major provider of advanced financial education in the United States, for over a half century. Over 15,000 executives have successfully completed the program which is held each spring on the LSU campus in Baton Rouge. The School’s purpose is to fill the need for graduate level study by bank officers and others meeting admission requirements leading toward a broader knowledge and understanding of major banking functions. Completion of the program has become a requisite to professional advancement in many banks. Executives at multi-billion dollar financial institutions as well as community banks find that the School’s curriculum addresses their educational needs.

BBA in Banking & Finance
Class of 1978

When the University of Georgia was incorporated by an act of the General Assembly on January 27, 1785, Georgia became the first state to charter a state-supported university. In 1784 the General Assembly had set aside 40,000 acres of land to endow a college or seminary of learning. At the first meeting of the board of trustees, held in Augusta on February 13, 1786, Abraham Baldwin was selected president of the university. A native of Connecticut and a graduate of Yale University, Baldwin -- who had come to Georgia in 1784 -- drafted the charter adopted by the General Assembly. The university was actually established in 1801 when a committee of the board of trustees selected a land site. John Milledge, later a governor of the state, purchased and gave to the board of trustees the chosen tract of 633 acres on the banks of the Oconee River in northeast Georgia. Josiah Meigs was named president of the university and work was begun on the first building, originally called Franklin College in honor of Benjamin Franklin and now known as Old College. The university graduated its first class in 1804. The curriculum of traditional classical studies was broadened in 1843 to include courses in law, and again in 1872 when the university received federal funds for instruction in agriculture and mechanical arts. Seventeen colleges and schools, with auxiliary divisions, carry on the university’s programs of teaching, research, and service. These colleges and schools and the dates of their establishment as separate administrative units are: Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, 1801; College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, 1859; School of Law, 1859; College of Pharmacy, 1903; D. B. Daniel B. Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, 1906; College of Education, 1908; Graduate School, 1910; C. Herman and Mary Virginia Terry College of Business, 1912; Henry W. Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, 1915; College of Family and Consumer Sciences, 1933; College of Veterinary Medicine, 1946; School of Social Work, 1964; College of Environment and Design, 1969; School of Public and International Affairs, 2001; the College of Public Health, 2005, the Odum School of Ecology, 2007 and the College of Engineering, 2012. The Division of General Extension, now the Georgia Center for Continuing Education Conference Center & Hotel, was incorporated into the university in 1947. In 1931 the General Assembly of Georgia placed all state-supported institutions of higher education, including UGA, under the jurisdiction of a single board. This organization, known as the University System of Georgia, is governed by the board of regents. The board of regents’ executive officer, the chancellor, exercises a general supervisory control over all institutions of the University System, with each institution having its own executive officers and faculty.

Career History
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
2008 - 2023

Synovus Financial Corp. is a bank holding company, which engages in the provision of financial services. It offers private banking, treasury management, wealth management, premium finance and international banking, commercial and retail banking, financial management, insurance, and mortgage services to its customers. The company was founded in 1972 and is headquartered in Columbus, GA.

President & Chief Executive Officer
2006 - Prior
Boards & Committees
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
Current - 2021

Synovus Bank engages in the provision of banking services. The company was founded in 1888 and is headquartered in Columbus, GA.

Member, Board of Directors
2016 - Current

Georgia Power Co. is engaged in generation, transmission, distribution, and purchase of electricity. It maintains a diverse generation mix that includes nuclear, coal and natural gas, and renewable such as solar, hydroelectric, and wind. The company was founded in 1883 and is headquartered in Atlanta, GA.

Executive Chairman
2012 - 2023

Synovus Financial Corp. is a bank holding company, which engages in the provision of financial services. The company operates through the following segments: Community Banking, Wholesale Banking, and Financial Management Services (FMS). The Community Banking business segment serves customers using a relationship-based approach through its branch, ATM, commercial, and private wealth network in addition to mobile, Internet, and telephone banking. The Wholesale Banking business segment serves primarily larger corporate customers by providing commercial lending and deposit services through specialty teams including middle market, CRE, senior housing, national accounts, premium finance, structured lending, healthcare, asset-based lending, and community investment capital. The Financial Management Services (FMS) business segment serves its customers by providing mortgage and trust services and also specializing in professional portfolio management for fixed-income securities, investment banking, the execution of securities transactions as a broker/dealer, asset management, financial planning, and family office services, as well as the provision of individual investment advice on equity and other securities. It offers private banking, treasury management, wealth management, premium finance and international banking, commercial and retail banking, financial management, insurance, and mortgage services to its customers. The company was founded in 1972 and is headquartered in Columbus, GA.

Member, Board of Regents
Current

Part of University of Georgia, University of Georgia System Board of Regents is a company headquartered in Atlanta, GA, that oversees college activities.

Member Emeritus, Board of Trustees
Current

To independently support, guide, and protect Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Director
Current

GEORGIA HISTORICAL SOCIETY (GHS) IS THE PREMIER INDEPENDENT STATEWIDE INSTITUTION RESPONSIBLE FOR COLLECTING, EXAMINING, AND TEACHING GEORGIA HISTORY. GHS HOUSES THE OLDEST AND MOST DISTINGUISHED COLLECTION OF MATERIALS RELATED EXCLUSIVELY TO GEORGIA HISTORY IN THE NATION. FOUNDED IN 1839, THE GEORGIA HISTORICAL SOCIETY IS THE OLDEST CONTINUOUSLY OPERATED HISTORICAL SOCIETY IN THE SOUTH.

Member, Board of Directors
Current

The Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta is responsible for the sixth district, which covers the states of Alabama, Florida, and Georgia, 74 counties in the eastern two-thirds of Tennessee, 38 parishes of southern Louisiana, and 43 counties of southern Mississippi. The Sixth District operates branches in Atlanta, Birmingham, Jacksonville, Miami, Nashville, and New Orleans. These branches provide cash to banks, savings and loans, and other depository institutions; transfer money electronically; and clear millions of checks. The Atlanta Fed has three main functions: monetary policy, operation of nationwide payment system, and bank supervision and regulation.

Non-Profit Donations & Grants

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$10K - $25K
2016

United Way of The Chattahoochee Valley, Inc. is a non profit organization that focuses in improving basic needs, income, health, and education. Its programs include Youth Council, Youth Camp, Women United, Stuff The Bus, Read United, and Emerging Leaders United. The company was founded in 1950 and is headquartered in Columbus, GA.

$10K - $25K
2010

United Way of Greater Atlanta, Inc. operates as a non profit organization that raises money for charitable causes. It offers individual and family social counseling, welfare, and referral services including refugee, disaster, and temporary relief services. The company was founded in 1972 and is headquartered in Atlanta, GA.

$50K - $75K
2008

The international fraternity of Phi Gamma Delta (also known as FIJI) is one of the largest Greek-letter social fraternity in North America with more than 120 active chapters and 18 colonies across the United States and Canada.The organization was founded on April 22, 1848, at Jefferson College in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania.

Political Donations
$6,300
2014

Former Governor of Georgia

$6,300
2013

Former Governor of Georgia

$500
2011

Chief Justice at Supreme Court of Georgia

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Synovus Financial Corp. raised money in a private placement transaction

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