Synovus hires general counsel, corporate secretary

Synovus Financial Corp. has a new general counsel and corporate secretary.

The Columbus-based bankholding firm said today that Samuel F. Hatcher has assumed those titles as well as the position of executive vice president.

"Sam brings 37 years of legal experience to Synovus, and his broad knowledge in corporate compliance makes him the right choice to lead our talented General Counsel team," Richard Anthony, Synovus chairman and chief executive officer, said in a statement. "I look forward to his guidance as a member of our corporate leadership group, and I am sure his contribution will be invaluable in the strategic positioning of our company."

Hatcher has worked in his private law practice in Atlanta and Columbus since 2001. Before that he was with Equitable Real Estate, an investment adviser for public and private pension funds and other institutional investors. He started his career with the Atlanta law firm, Alston & Bird, after graduating from Davidson College in 1968 and Yale Law School in 1971. He became a partner in that firm in 1976.

Synovus is a regional banking company that oversees $33 billion in assets at 37 banks in Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, Florida and Tennessee.