John Kanas is a Senior Advisor to Carlyle and Vice Chairman of Carlyle Global Financial Services Partners. He is based in New York.
Mr. Kanas is non-executive Chairman of BankUnited, N.A., a national bank with $30.4 billion in assets and 92 branches and banking centers in Florida and New York. From May 2009 through December 2016 he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of BankUnited, a former portfolio company of The Carlyle Group. Prior to BankUnited, Mr. Kanas was President and Chief Executive Officer of North Fork Bancorporation, Inc. from 1977 until its acquisition by Capital One Financial Corporation in December 2006. In December 2006, he became President of Capital One's banking segment, which included North Fork. Mr. Kanas retired from that position in August 2007.
Mr. Kanas earned his B.A. from Long Island University and is past president of the New York State Bankers Association. Mr. Kanas is a member of the board of trustees of Weill Cornell Medical College. In 2005, Mr. Kanas was recognized by Institutional Investor as the best regional bank CEO in America, and in 2007 he received the Woodrow Wilson Award for Corporate Citizenship.