Eileen M. Friars is a private investor and serves on several boards. She is the former President of Bank of America Credit Card Services, leading Bank of America in becoming the 5th largest credit card portfolio in the US, with over $20 billion in assets. Prior to her assignments with Bank of America, Ms. Friars was President of NationsBank Card Services, Senior Executive Vice President of C&S/Sovran Corporation, and Senior Vice President of The MAC Group, a strategy and general management consulting firm. Ms. Friars earned her BA in economics and government from Simmons College in Boston in 1972, and her MBA at Harvard Business School in 1974.
In December of 1998, Ms. Friars was recognized by Working Woman Magazine as one of the thirty women who could be CEO of a major company. Active in a variety of business and community organizations, Ms. Friars is a member of the Simmons College Board where she chairs the Finance Committee, serves as Vice Chair of WFAE, Charlotte's NPR station and is a Board member of Hospice and Palliative Care Charlotte Region. She also serves on the Advisory Board for Carolina Pad and Paper, a successful Charlotte based company.