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Jim Blanchard

Jim Blanchard

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Jim Blanchard served as chairman and CEO of Synovus Financial Corp., a more than $33 billion multi-financial services company, for 35 years. Blanchard rallied support for the passing of the Georgia Legislature’s multi-bank holding company bill in 1976, and under his leadership, CB&T Bancshares (now Synovus) became the first bank holding company in Georgia to acquire other banks under the new law. An outspoken advocate of servant leadership, Blanchard fostered a culture at Synovus that places emphasis on balancing work with the rest of life. In 1999, Synovus was selected No. 1 on the list of “The 100 Best Companies to work for in America” by Fortune, and in 2005, the bank was named as one of “America’s Most Admired Companies.”