Synovus Financial Corp., a Columbus, Ga.-based financial services company, has elected President and CEO Kessel D. Stelling to succeed Richard E. Anthony as chairman of the board, effective Jan. 1, 2012.
Anthony will stay on as board director until the expiration of his current term at Synovus' 2012 annual shareholders' meeting.
Stelling joined Synovus in March 2006 when the company purchased Riverside Bancshares Inc. and merged it with Atlanta-based affiliate Bank of North Georgia. He was named president and CEO of Bank of North Georgia and, in June 2008, he became regional CEO for the entire metro Atlanta market of Synovus.
Stelling was named Synovus president and chief operating officer in February 2010, and president and CEO in October 2010.