Top 50 Power Women – 2016

Keane, Margaret

Margaret Keane/Synchrony Financial

Margaret Keane is the president and CEO of Synchrony Financial. A graduate of St. John’s University, she completed both her B.A. in Government and Politics and an M.B.A. Her earlier career roles at GE Capital Corporation and Citibank have spanned global operations, quality, mid-marketing leasing, banking and consumer financing. She has been recognized as one of the “Top 25 Most Powerful Women in Finance” by American Banker every year since 2007, and in 2015 was named #33 on Fortune’s “Most Powerful Women” list. In 2014, she led her business segment to a successful IPO of the largest U.S. private label credit card business. Synchrony Financial was added to the S&P 500 as it completed the separation from GE in November 2015.

Margaret is a second-generation Irish American with roots in Cork and Clare and finds in her heritage “a big, loving, warm family who is there in good and difficult times.” As a leader, she is known for her passion for technology and innovation, as well as her engagement with employees. Margaret currently sits on the board of St. John’s University.