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Margaret Keane

Executive Chair and Former CEO, Synchrony

Margaret Keane is executive chair of the board of directors of Synchrony, one of the premier consumer financial services companies in the U.S. She assumed this role in 2021. Previously, she served as chief executive officer and a member of the board of Synchrony, where she led the company’s initial public offering in 2014 and its separation from General Electric in 2015. As CEO, she built Synchrony into a sustainable, innovative and industry-leading business with an exceptional culture. Under her leadership, Synchrony grew to 170 on the Fortune 500 list and was consistently named among Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For.”

During her 18-year career with GE Capital, she led the retail card platform as president and CEO, and she later expanded her responsibilities to become president and CEO of the GE Capital North American Retail Finance business. Earlier, she held leadership roles that spanned consumer finance, vendor financial services, operations and quality. She spent the first 16 years of her career at Citibank. 

As president of the Synchrony Foundation, Margaret has been instrumental in building Synchrony’s corporate citizenship platform. She also serves on the foundation’s board, and she is passionately committed to the work of buildOn, a nonprofit dedicated to breaking the cycle of poverty, illiteracy and low expectations through education and service.

She serves on Allstate’s board of directors and the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center’s board of trustees. She works closely with the Business Roundtable, working to promote a thriving U.S. economy and expanded opportunity for all Americans through sound public policy. She also serves as the co-chair for AdvanceCT, an organization committed to engaging, retaining and recruiting businesses, and advancing economic competitiveness in Connecticut.

Margaret earned a bachelor’s degree and an MBA from St. John’s University and is a member of the St. John’s University board of trustees. 

Alumni St. John's University
Degree BA - Government and Politics, MBA
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