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Mark Martinelli

Synchrony Financial
Chief Audit Executive

Mark Martinelli is the Executive Vice President & Chief Audit Executive for Synchrony Financial. Prior to its 2014 initial public offering, Synchrony operated as GE Capital Retail Finance.  

Prior to joining Synchrony in 2014, Mark was the Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Auditor for HSBC North America since 2009, Chief Auditor of HSBC USA Inc. since 2007 and Chief Auditor of HSBC Finance since 2013.  Prior to that time, Mr. Martinelli was President and Chief Executive Officer of hsbc.com from 2006 to 2007, and Chief Financial Officer of hsbc.com from 2002 to 2006.  Mr. Martinelli joined HSBC in the U.S. as part of Republic National Bank of New York and has held various senior executive positions in Finance, Strategy, Planning and Audit.  

Prior to joining HSBC he was a Senior Manager with KPMG LLP. Mark has also served as an Adjunct Professor at Baruch College. From 2007 – 2014 he served on the Audit Committee of New York Clearing House and served as its Chairman from 2011 to 2013.

Mr. Martinelli has been a director on the Baruch College Fund (BCF) Board of Trustees since April 2010, a member of the BCF Audit Committee since 2010 and served as the Audit Committee Chairman during 2011 – 2014.  Mr. Martinelli has served on the NYSSCPA Internal Audit Committee since 2013 and been the Chairman of that Committee since May 2018. Mr. Martinelli serves on St. John’s University Department of Accounting and Taxation Executive Advisory Board.  

Mark is often a featured industry speaker on banking, accounting and auditing matters.