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Mark Martinelli

EVP & Chief Audit Executive
Synchrony Financial 

Mark Martinelli is EVP and Chief Audit Executive of Synchrony, one of the nation’s premier consumer financial services companies. 

Mark leads Synchrony’s internal audit function, which he built after the company’s IPO separation from GE in 2014. Mark oversees audit practices for risk, compliance, finance, operations and technology. Mark has leveraged the innovative use of automation, data analytics and other technology to proactively help the company stay ahead of risks.  

Prior to Synchrony, Mark had a twenty-year career at HSBC where he was SEVP and Chief Auditor for North America. Prior to that he was President and Chief Executive Officer of and its Chief Financial Officer. Mark held executive positions in Finance, Strategy, Planning and Audit.   

Prior to joining HSBC, he was a Senior Manager with KPMG LLP. Mark kas been an Adjunct Professor at Baruch College. He served on the Audit Committee of New York Clearing House and was its Chairman from 2011 to 2013. 

A certified public accountant, Mark is a chartered global management accountant and a certified anti-money laundering specialist. He serves as a director on both the Baruch College Fund Board of Trustees and its Audit Committee. Mark is a member of New York State Society of CPA’s Internal Audit Committee and served as its the Chairman from 2018 - 2020. He also serves on the NYSSCPA Future of Accounting Education Committee.

Mark is often a featured industry speaker on banking, accounting and auditing matters and serves on the CPA Journal Review Board.

Mark earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from St. John’s University where he serves on the Dept. of Accounting Executive Advisory Board