Richard D. Fairbank is founder, chairman and chief executive officer of Capital One Financial Corporation, a broadly diversified financial services company ranked 130th on the Fortune 500. Mr. Fairbank founded Capital One in 1988 based on his belief that the power of information, technology and testing could be harnessed to bring highly customized financial products directly to consumers. Headquartered in McLean, Va., Capital One is a top-10 U.S. bank, offering a broad spectrum of financial products and services to consumers, small businesses and commercial clients. Additionally, Capital One has international businesses in the United Kingdom and Canada.
Capital One has been widely recognized for its entrepreneurial culture, progressive work place and community engagement. Capital One has been named to: Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For, Working Mother’s 100 Best Companies, Forbes Best Employers in the United States and named a Top Companies for Leaders by AON Hewitt Associates.
Mr. Fairbank has been recognized for his community and industry leadership, including his 2008 appointment to the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation. He also was honored as a 2008 Washington Business Hall of Fame Laureate and was named 2006 Banker of the Year by the American Banker. Mr. Fairbank has also been recognized as one of the top “100 CEO Leaders In STEM” by STEMconnector in partnership with US News and World Report, the Business-Higher Education Forum and Fortune magazine. Mr. Fairbank holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Stanford University.