Synovus Financial Corp. (NYSE: SNV) beefed up its board of directors with two new appointments, including a former football star at an Alabama university.

The Columbus-based bank reported Rocksolid Holdings LLC Managing Director Diana M. Murphy and Pro Football Hall of Famer John L. Stallworth have joined its Board of Directors, effective immediately.

Synovus is one of the largest banks in metro Birmingham, with $1.7 billion in local deposits.

Murphy, who also serves on the advisory board of Synovus’ banking division in Brunswick, will be the third female to currently serve on the board, which already includes The Santa Fe Group Chairman and CEO Catherine A. Allen and DF Management Inc. President and CEO Elizabeth W. Camp. Murphy is serving her seventh year on the United States Golf Association (USGA) Executive Committee and her second year as president of the USGA, having previously served as treasurer and vice president of the organization. Murphy is non-executive chairman of the board of Landstar System Inc. (NASDAQ: LSTR) and was lead independent director at the Jacksonville, Fla.-based company from 2012 to 2015. Murphy is also a director of CTS Corp. (NYSE: CTS) and serves on a number of other boards, including the board of the Boys and Girls Club of Southeast Georgia.

Stallworth, who also serves on the advisory board of Synovus’ banking division in Huntsville, is a partner of the family investment and philanthropic partnership Genesis II and chairman of the John Stallworth Foundation, a private foundation providing scholarships to students attending Alabama colleges and universities. From 1986 to 2006, he was president and CEO of Madison Research Corporation (MRC), an engineering and technology contractor for the defense industry. In 2002, Stallworth was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in recognition of his 14-year career with the Pittsburgh Steelers. He played football at Alabama A&M.

Synovus has about $31 billion in assets and 248 branches in Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, Florida and Tennessee.


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