John G. Finneran, Jr.
General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Capital One Financial Corporation
"I knew I didn't want to become a criminal lawyer or a small-town lawyer," Finneran once said. "What interested me the most was business law. I grew a real passion for solving business problems. And Finneran has had plenty of problems to solve, having worked in the financial services industry through two major banking crises–the first during the massive bank failures of the early 1990s and the second, which began to unfold in late 2007 with the subprime meltdown. After a stint in the Navy, 12 years in private practice and several years at the FDIC, Finneran was recruited to Capital One's legal department. He has played a key role in the evolution of Capital One from a credit card company that revolutionized the industry with data-driven credit card pricing into one of the nation's leading banks. He has been a major player in Capital One's acquisition of banks and other holdings, as well as its expansion into Canada and the United Kingdom.