Michael B. Eason, 2012 Honoree

Managing vice president of enterprise data services
Capital One Financial Corp.
Richmond, Va.
What characteristic is most important to you in an IT hire?
I really look for critical thinking skills. Understanding how someone would approach a business problem is more important than their degree or tenure in a specific role.
How do you make sure your most talented workers stay put?
I strive to create a team that feels connected to the business strategy and embodies a culture of partnership and delivery. Keeping my best people is about keeping them challenged with a new project or a new role, and giving them autonomy to influence the strategy and lead the solution.
Career highlight:
I never imagined that my master's degree in healthcare administration would one day translate into my role today leading the enterprise data strategy for one of the country's top banks.
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