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Margaret Keane is President and Chief Executive Officer of Synchrony, one of the nation’s premier consumer financial services companies. A member of its Board of Directors, she led the company's successful initial public offering in July 2014 and split-off from GE in November 2015.
Her passion for emerging technology and employee development has solidified Margaret's reputation as a leader in the field. She has been recognized as one of American Banker's "Top 25 Most Powerful Women in Finance" for 11 consecutive years (#4 in 2017) and one of Fortune's "Most Powerful Women" for the past three years (#25 in 2017). Fortune also named Margaret to their "Businessperson of the Year" list (#33 in 2016).
During an 18-year career with GE Capital, Margaret led the Retail Card platform as President and CEO beginning in 2004. She expanded her responsibilities in 2011 to become President and CEO of their North American Retail Finance business. Earlier, she held leadership roles that spanned consumer finance, vendor financial services, operations and quality. Margaret also held various leadership roles during 16 years with Citibank, where she began her career.
Margaret serves on the Allstate Corporation Board of Directors and the Financial Services Roundtable Board of Directors. Margaret is also dedicated to giving back to the community and serves on the National Board of Directors and chairs the Development Committee for buildOn, serves as a member of the St. John's University Board of Trustees, serves on the National Multiple Sclerosis Society Connecticut Chapter Board of Trustees and is a Member of the Board of Overseers and a Member of the Patient Care Committee at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Margaret is also the President of the Synchrony Foundation that funds Synchrony's citizenship platform, Families that Work.
She earned her Bachelor's degree and an MBA from St. John's University. Margaret has two children and currently resides in Connecticut.
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