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Capital One Hires First Brand Manager

September 30, 1998 at 12:00 AM EDT

FALLS CHURCH, Va., Sept. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Capital One Financial Corporation (NYSE: COF) announces William J. McDonald has joined the Company as Senior Vice President for Brand Management. Mr. McDonald will be responsible for leading Capital One's marketing, advertising and global brand positioning -- ultimately increasing the effectiveness of Capital One's brands all over the world.

"Since Capital One became an independent Company four years ago, our growth and product innovations have been exponential," said Richard D. Fairbank, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Capital One. "As we continue to grow our business and our customer base, we are confident that Bill's extensive consumer marketing background will help to effectively position Capital One's brands and value added products among current and potential customers."

Mr. McDonald joins Capital One after 19 years of marketing and brand management experience from such companies as Frito Lay, PepsiCo, Pizza Hut, KFC and, most recently, Boston Market. He earned both his bachelor's and master's degrees at the University of Texas.

Headquartered in Falls Church, Virginia, Capital One Financial Corporation ( is a financial services company with more than 8,000 associates worldwide, whose principal subsidiaries, Capital One Bank and Capital One, F.S.B., offer consumer lending products. Capital One subsidiaries are among the largest providers of MasterCard and Visa credit cards in the world. Capital One trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "COF" and is included in the S&P 500 Index.