Synovus Appoints Creson Chief Risk Officer

Synovus appointed Shellie Creson its chief risk officer. Creson succeeded Mark Holladay, who retired from Synovus in March. Creson will report to Kevin Blair, president and CEO of Synovus, and joined the company’s executive leadership team. She will also lead the company’s corporate risk management strategy and be based in Atlanta.

Prior to Synovus, Creson served as executive vice president and chief audit executive at Fifth Third Bank, where she provided leadership and oversight of all audit activities conducted across the company. She also served in leadership positions in strategic and corporate planning, audit and finance at Regions Bank and First Horizon Bank.

“Shellie has an outstanding record of influencing corporate risk structures, including driving organizational and board engagement in risk mitigation and ongoing risk management,” Blair said. “I am confident she will continue to evolve our risk management organization to align with core banking needs as well as modernize our capabilities and client solutions.”

Creson is a certified public accountant, certified internal auditor and certified enterprise risk professional. Creson is also vice chairman of the board for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Cincinnati and a member of the American Heart Association Go Red for Women executive leadership team. She is also an active United Way Tocqueville Society member. Creson formerly served on the ArtsWave Cincinnati Citywide Campaign Cabinet and as the treasurer of the board for Manna Fund, Atlanta.

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