Synchrony Financial Launches People with Disabilities Hiring Initiative

Company committed to strengthening workforce through diversity of
people and ideas

STAMFORD, Conn. & KETTERING, Ohio–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Synchrony Financial, (NYSE:SYF),
a premier consumer financial services company with 80 years of retail
heritage, today announced it is embarking on an initiative to attract
more people with disabilities to join its workforce.

The disability hiring initiative is in keeping with Synchrony
Financial’s commitment to diversity, as well as recognition that people
with disabilities are less likely to be employed and more likely to hold
jobs with lower earnings.1 Further, 2010 U.S. Census Bureau
data shows that 41 percent of those age 21 to 64 with any disability
were employed, compared with 79 percent of those with no disability.2

Diversity in its business, people and ideas is a source of Synchrony
Financial’s strength, and its inclusive culture fosters teamwork and
innovation. The company values diversity and provides platforms for
community outreach, recruitment and professional development and
networking opportunities for its employees through seven Diversity &
Inclusion Networks: African-American, Asian Professional Engagement,
Hispanic, LGBTP (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Partnership),
People with Disabilities, Veterans and Women’s.

Synchrony Financial CEO Margaret Keane was at the company’s Kettering
site today to formally announce the plan. She was joined by Glenn
Marino, executive vice president and CEO, Payment Solutions, and leader
of the Kettering site, Synchrony Financial’s largest in the United
States and a significant employer in the Greater Dayton area.

“Our purpose statement is: we pioneer the future of financing while
improving the success of every business we serve and the quality of each
life we touch,” said Keane. “The people with disabilities hiring
initiative is a living, breathing embodiment of that statement by
providing qualified individuals with career opportunities that, in turn,
will help us better serve our retail partners. More importantly, it is
simply the right thing to do.”

Keane and Marino were joined today by representatives from United
Rehabilitation Services (URS), a Dayton nonprofit agency whose mission
is enhancing the quality of life for children and adults with
disabilities or other special needs. Synchrony Financial has worked with
URS on several community service projects, including its annual Rubber
Duck Regatta fundraiser.

In recognition of its efforts and the longtime relationship, Marino and
Keane today presented Dennis Grant, URS executive director, with a
$20,000 grant to help the agency fulfill its mission. URS, along with
other partner agencies, will also play a role in helping advise
Synchrony Financial on the people with disabilities hiring initiative.

“We know from working with United Rehabilitation Services in the past,
that there is an eager workforce among individuals with disabilities
that are ready to contribute in meaningful ways,” Marino added. “We look
forward to working with our partners to identify people with
disabilities who can be given an opportunity to shine at Synchrony

“We appreciate Synchrony Financial’s tremendous support of children and
adults with disabilities at United Rehabilitation Services and their
commitment to this partnership,” said URS’ Grant. “Synchrony’s
dedication to creating a culture of inclusiveness and supporting
individuals with disabilities through their People with Disabilities
Network is a perfect fit with URS’ mission and values.”

With more than 1,700 employees in a variety of roles in marketing,
sales, IT, fraud and operations, Synchrony Financial’s Kettering
location is a significant employer in the Dayton area. The site
continues to grow, with plans to fill more than 200 positions in 2016 in
a variety of roles. Interested candidates can either visit the Career
Center at its Kettering site, or search openings online at

1United States Census Bureau, American Community Survey

2United States Census Bureau, Americans with Disabilities:

Editor’s Note: The following link contains a brief interview and
environmental b-roll for use with your stories – of Anthony Walker, a
Synchrony Financial employee who is a member of our People with
Disabilities Network in Kettering, Ohio.

Password to video is SYFI. Best viewed using Chrome browser.

About Synchrony Financial

Synchrony Financial (NYSE: SYF)
is one of the nation’s premier consumer financial services companies.
Our roots in consumer finance trace back to 1932, and today we are the
largest provider of private label credit cards in the United States
based on purchase volume and receivables.* We provide a range
of credit products through programs we have established with a diverse
group of national and regional retailers, local merchants,
manufacturers, buying groups, industry associations and healthcare
service providers to help generate growth for our partners and offer
financial flexibility to our customers. Through our partners’ over
300,000 locations across the United States and Canada, and their
websites and mobile applications, we offer our customers a variety of
credit products to finance the purchase of goods and services. Synchrony
Financial (formerly GE Capital Retail Finance) offers private label and
co-branded Dual Card credit cards, promotional financing and
installment lending, loyalty programs and FDIC-insured savings products
through Synchrony Bank. More information can be found at,

*Source: The Nilson Report (April, 2015, Issue #1062) – based
on 2014 data.

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