Synovus Financial Corp. has hired Columbus attorney Allan Kamensky as its general counsel, replacing Sam Hatcher, who retired in late 2013.
Kamensky, 52, a Columbus native and longtime partner in the law firm Page, Scrantom, Sprouse, Tucker and Ford, also assumes the titles of executive vice president and corporate secretary at Synovus.
Columbus-based Synovus, a Southeast regional bank, said it hired Kamensky for his expertise in “banking, lending and real estate law, commercial transactions, workouts, loan sales, banking litigation, regulatory matters and zoning.”
The Tulane University and University of Georgia School of Law graduate has been practicing law for nearly three decades, the last 16 years with Page, Scrantom, Sprouse, Tucker and Ford. The vast majority of his work there has centered around Synovus matters.
“I have greatly enjoyed my 28 years of private practice in Columbus, especially the time at Page Scrantom and the many people I have worked with there,” Kamensky said Friday. “I am fortunate to have the opportunity to go to a company like Synovus with such a dedicated leader like Kessel Stelling and his outstanding leadership team. This is an opportunity that I just could not pass up.”
Stelling, the bank’s chairman and chief executive officer, led Synovus back to profitability in late 2012 after three years of financial losses amid the Great Recession. The CEO said he was happy to have Kamensky as the firm’s lead counsel.
“His 28 years practicing law and his extensive experience specifically in banking and lending law will be invaluable as we continue to position our company for future growth and success,” Stelling said in a statement. “We look forward to having him as a member of our executive leadership and a key contributor to the strategic direction of Synovus.”
Synovus, parent company of Columbus Bank and Trust and CB&T of East Alabama, did not disclose Kamensky’s salary. Hatcher took home a base salary of $443,823 at Synovus in 2012, with stock options and other compensation pushing his total package to $683,349, according to a company filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
This is the second Page, Scrantom attorney to exit the law firm this year, with partner Ron Mullins being appointed Superior Court judge to the Chattahoochee Judicial Circuit in December by Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal. He was sworn in earlier this month.
Companywide, Synovus oversees about $26 billion in assets, with 28 locally branded divisions in Georgia, Alabama, Florida, South Carolina and Tennessee. That includes 261 offices and 363 automated teller machines.
The company earlier this week reported full-year net income, or a profit, of $118.5 million, with $34.5 million of that coming in the fourth quarter. That was on revenue of nearly $1.2 billion for the year.
Ledger-Enquirer staff writer Chuck Williams contributed to this report.