Gain Capital Holdings, a global provider of online foreign exchange (forex) trading services, today announced that Susanne D. Lyons has been appointed to its board of directors.
Ms. Lyons brings to GAIN Capital a breadth of experience in consumer financial services, including leadership roles at Charles Schwab & Co., Fidelity Investments and Visa USA, where she most recently served as executive vice president and chief marketing officer.
"GAIN will benefit greatly from Susanne's 25 years of experience in financial services and consumer marketing" said Glenn Stevens, CEO of GAIN Capital. "Her proven track record and longevity at several of the world's most respected and demanding financial services brands will be instrumental in helping her to provide valuable insight for GAIN's key initiatives, not only at the board level but across the entire organization. We're excited to welcome her to the board."
At Charles Schwab & Co. from 1992-2001, Ms. Lyons held a variety of senior roles including president of retail client services and chief marketing officer. She was also a member of the firm's Management Committee. At Fidelity Investments from 1982-1992, Ms. Lyons was responsible for the marketing of multiple business lines including brokerage, domestic and international growth funds and retirement products.
Ms. Lyons has been recognized for her business acumen and leadership. Her accolades include the San Francisco Financial Woman's Association "Woman of the Year" in 1999 as well as San Francisco Business Times "75 Most Influential Bay Area Business Women". She was also named one of Ad Age's Top 50 Marketers. She is a widely recognized public speaker, quoted frequently in business and financial publications and in television and broadcast media.
Ms. Lyons served on the board of CNET Networks, Inc., a global interactive media company whose leading brands collectively attract more than 160 million people each month, until its recent acquisition by CBS. She is also on the advisory boards of Marketo and Epoch, as well as the board of WildCare, a not-for-profit organization. She received a Bachelor of Arts ts degree from Vassar College and a Master's degree in Business Administration from Boston University.
Ms. Lyons' appointment expands the size of the board to ten. Ms. Lyons is GAIN's fourth independent director, along with Joseph Schenk, formerly the chief financial officer at Jefferies Group; Roger Tarika, formerly global head of FX sales at Morgan Stanley; and Peter Quick. In a separate action, GAIN Capital's board of directors elevated Mr. Quick to lead independent director. A member of GAIN's board of directors since January 2007, Mr. Quick is a well known and respected financial industry executive, having served as president of the American Stock Exchange and president and chief executive officer of Quick & Reilly, Inc., a leading national discount brokerage firm, which was acquired by Fleet Bank (now Bank of America) in 1998.