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Simmons named new SB&T president

Synovus names Simmons new president and CEO of SB&T

Mark Lane (File photo)

Mark Lane (File photo)

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Pam Simmons (Special Photo: Todd Stone)

ALBANY — Long-time Albany banker Pam Simmons has been named president and CEO of Albany’s SB&T, with former president Mark Lane transitioning to his role as full time regional CEO for parent company Synovus Bank.

Simmons, who has more than 30 years experience in banking, has been with SB&T for the past 14 years. During her tenure, she has served as manager of the Northwest branch and has served as senior commercial lender for the past eight years.

Lane, being promoted to full time regional CEO for Synovus, will have his primary office in Columbus.

“Pam is a proven leader and experienced banker and we are pleased she has accepted this expanded role,” said D Copeland, chief banking officer for Synovus, in a news release. “She is the right choice to lead the talented SB&T team. We also appreciate Mark’s years of dedicated leadership in the Albany community and look forward to all he will accomplish as a full-time regional CEO.”

In addition to her experience in banking, Simmons has served as a member of the executive board and board of directors of Darton State College, and was past president for Habitat for Humanity, a member of Leadership Albany and also previously served as an ambassador and board member of the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce.

“I am both excited and humbled to be chosen to lead this talented team of financial experts here at SB&T,” said Simmons. “Mark has been a tremendous leader, and I am looking forward to continuing our tradition of providing excellent customer service and products, and growing our customer base in this region.”

SB&T, a division of Synovus, serves customers in Dougherty, Lee and Sumter counties. Synovus Bank is a Georgia chartered bank with 28 locally branded divisions, 274 retail branches and 358 ATMs in Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, Tennessee and Florida.