On the move: James Blanchard inducted as Georgia trustee, TSYS' Patty Watson named one of 'most influential' women

Columbus' James Blanchard inducted as Georgia Trustee, along with Coca-Cola CEO

The Georgia Historical Society and Gov. Nathan Deal have inducted James H. "Jimmy" Blanchard, retired chairman and chief executive officer of Columbus-based Synovus Financial Corp., along with Coca-Cola Chairman and CEO Muhtar Kent, as the organization's newest Georgia Trustees.The induction took place Saturday at the annual Trustees Gala in Savannah.

"We are honored to induct two modern-day Georgian's whose lives and accomplishments embody the motto of the original Georgia Trustees, 'Non Sibi Sed Aliis' -- Not for Self but for Others," W. Todd Groce, president and CEO of the Georgia Historical Society, said in a statement.

"In selecting Muhtar Kent and James Blanchard, we are truly honoring two Georgians who have, through philanthropy and business leadership, made our world a better place."

The Georgia Historical Society reestablished the Georgia Trustees in 2009 as a way of recognizing Georgians whose accomplishments and community service reflect the highest ideals of the original trustees, a governing body chartered and appointed by King George II of England in 1732 to establish a new colony in North America.

Trustees are appointed annually by the governor. Previous inductees include Bernard Marcus, Ted Turner, Hank Aaron, Sam Nunn, Vincent J. Dooley, Andrew Young, Tom Cousins, Herman Russell, Truett Cathy, Billy Payne, Arthur Blank, Paula Wallace, Alana Smith Shepherd and Marguerite Neel Williams.

TSYS executive Patty Watson one of 'Most Influential Women in Payments' industry

Patty Watson, senior executive vice president and chief information officer at Columbus-based TSYS, has been named one of the "Most Influential Women in Payments in 2016" by PaymentsSource.

"Throughout her 17 years in the industry, Patty's commitment to making a difference at work and in the community has been an inspiration," Troy Woods, TSYS chairman, president and chief executive officer, said in a statement.

"She's driving a vision to integrate TSYS payment solutions across our three businesses -- issuer processing, merchant services and prepaid program management -- to benefit the clients, businesses and customers we serve."

Watson was named senior executive vice president and chief information officer of TSYS last September. All of the women honored were chosen by the editors of PaymentsSource for their commitment to drive change and develop innovative solutions in the payments industry, the company said.