Stephen T. Gannon is General Counsel and Chief Legal Officer of Citizens Financial Group. He leads the bank’s legal function and serves as the chief legal advisor for the company and its Board, where he counsels the company’s executives and provides strategic leadership on matters of legal risk.
Prior to joining CFG, Gannon served as executive vice president and deputy general counsel for Capital One Financial Corporation, leading that company’s Legal Department. In addition, he served as Capital One’s market president for Central Virginia, coordinating business development, government relations and community activities in the state capital region. Previously, Gannon served as General Counsel of the retail brokerage group of Wachovia Securities, where he was a member of the Operating Committee and managed the legal affairs for the nation’s third largest brokerage firm. He also served as a Branch Chief in the Division of Enforcement with the U.S. Securities Exchange Commission and in private practice advising broker dealer and financial services clients.
Gannon has held numerous positions within financial industry and legal organizations, including with the SIFMA Compliance and Legal Division and the Financial Services Roundtable. He served as President of the John Marshall Inn of Court and is currently Vice Chairman of the Managing Board of The Clearing House Association, and sits on their Finance Committee. He is also a member of the Georgetown Law Corporate Counsel Institute.
Active in the community, Gannon has served on the Boards of the Homeless Shelter of Richmond, Junior Achievement of Richmond, and Communities in Schools of Virginia, as well as being appointed by the Governor to the Board of the Virginia Community College System. He now serves as an Overseer for the Boston Symphony Orchestra and is a member of their Audit Committee.
He earned his undergraduate and J.D. degrees from Georgetown University.