Shannon Fairbanks


Shannon Fairbanks is the founder and Chairman of The Fairbanks Investment Fund (“FIF”), a U.S. private equity fund providing capital to middle market European companies.  

Prior to founding FIF, Mrs. Fairbanks was a partner in investment subsidiaries of Keystone, Inc., the principal investment vehicle for Robert M. Bass, a Fort Worth, Texas-based investor (1990-2000).  She also served in a number of U.S. government positions:  as a Presidential appointee on the initial Board of the newly privatized Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (1992-1994); as Chief Operating Officer of The Federal Home Loan Bank Board, the primary bank regulator for the U.S. thrift industry (1983-1987); and as Deputy Assistant Director for Economic Policy on the White House Domestic Policy Staff of President Ronald Reagan (1981-1983). 


  • BA, Newton College of the Sacred Heart
  • Master’s (double), Columbia University


  • Member, Buck Advisory Council, The Buck Institute for Research on Aging
  • Chairman, Board of Directors, Clarion Industries, U.S. (since 2009)
  • Chairman, Board of Directors, ProteoNic B.V., Netherlands (since 2011)
  • Director, Board of Directors, Invectys S.A., France (since 2010)
  • Director, Board of Directors, Routin S.A., France (since 2012)
  • Member, Board of Directors, ERA Group, U.S. (since 2013)
  • Lead Director, Board of Directors, ING Direct, FSB, U.S. (2000-2010, through its sale to Capital One Bank for $9bn)
  • Member, Board of Directors and Executive Committee, French-American Foundation, New York (since 2002)
  • Member, National Committee, Aspen Music Festival, U.S. (since 2001)
  • Member, International Women’s Forum, Washington, D.C. (since 1996)
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