Brenda J. Gaines

Brenda J. Gaines retired as President and CEO of Citicorp Diners Club, a member of Citigroup. Gaines was responsible for leading the activities of the North American franchise in the global twenty-nine billion-dollar Diners Club International network. She served on the Diners Club International Global Board and the Citibank Canada Board of Directors.

Prior to joining Citibank, Gaines served as Deputy Chief of Staff to Chicago’s Mayor Harold Washington and as Commissioner of the Department of Housing for the City of Chicago.

Gaines received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and her graduate degree from Roosevelt University, Chicago.

Ms. Gaines serves as a director at Southern Company Gas. She is a former director and Audit Committee Chair of CNA Financial, Office Depot and Tenet Healthcare as well as the former Compensation Committee Chair at Fannie Mae. She was also on the board of AGL Resources Inc. and Nicor. Ms. Gaines serves on the National Board of the Smithsonian Institution and the board of the National Association of Corporate Directors.

Ms. Gaines has been honored twice as one of the NACD Directorship 100. Ms. Gaines has been featured in the New York Times “The Boss” column.