Sheila Bair (Chairman)

sheila_bair.jpgSheila Colleen Bair is the Chairwoman of the U.S. Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). She was appointed to the post for a five-year term on June 26, 2006 by George W. Bush. Bair will also serve as a member of the FDIC Board of Directors through July 2013.

In 2008 Forbes ranked her as the second most powerful woman in the world behind German chancellor Angela Merkel. Forbes described her FDIC office as "the last stop for capital-starved banks (and their insured customers) before going under."

Bair is a native of Independence, Kansas. Her father, Albert, was a surgeon. Her mother, Clara, was a nurse and a homemaker. She received her bachelor's degree from the University of Kansas. In 1978, she received a J.D. from the University of Kansas School of Law.

Related Links:
The World’s Most Powerful Women 2009