Celia Edwards Karam

President of Retail Bank,

Capital One

At Capital One, we’re doing the work. Whether it’s offering no fee, no minimum banking products, credit building card products, money coaching, or Credit Wise, we’re helping customers achieve their financial goals. And that’s why there’s such a closeness between the work we’re doing and Dress for Success’ quest to help women achieve economic independence. I'm so thrilled to be a part of this campaign.

Celia Edwards Karam is the president of Retail Bank and an Executive Committee member of Capital One. She is passionate about building customer experiences that drive business growth, inspire customer loyalty, and empower the financial well-being of customers. Her team is responsible for the overall strategy, growth, operations, and profitability of Retail Bank.

Celia is recognized for her visionary leadership, passion for innovation, and open communication. She is an adept problem-solver with great judgment who has established a reputation for operational excellence and the ability to strategically transform organizations at scale.

Prior to joining Retail Bank, Celia was the Card Chief Operating Officer, leading a body of organizations focused on building world-class products, services, and capabilities. She also spent three years as Capital One’s chief audit officer, responsible for leading the company's internal audit function for the Board of Directors and CEO. Prior to that, Celia held executive roles in Capital One’s Small Business Bank, Consumer Bank, and Card lines of business. As the head of Small Business Banking, she led the organization through a strategic transformation, reimagining the digital experience and enabling a steep increase in profitability.

Being an advocate for diversity, inclusion, and belonging, Celia is the executive sponsor for Capital One’s Black business resource group. She also serves as a board member of Commonwealth, a nonprofit that builds solutions for financially vulnerable people, and Zola, a one-stop site for wedding planning. Several publications have recognized Celia for her work.

The Washington Business Journal named Celia in a list of “Women Who Mean Business.” She has been featured in Working Mother magazine, and in 2020, The Network Journal named her one of “25 Influential Black Women in Business.”

Celia Edwards Karam

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