Citizens Financial Group has appointed Stephen Gannon as general counsel and chief legal officer, effective Aug. 11, 2014.

He succeeds Sheldon Goldfarb, who is stepping down to focus on his responsibilities with RBS Americas after serving for six years as Citizens’ general counsel and chief legal officer.

With more than 30 years of experience providing legal advice and counsel to financial services institutions, Gannon joins Citizens Financial from Capital One Financial, where he was deputy general counsel. Prior to his role at Capital One, he served as general counsel for Wachovia Securities’ retail brokerage group and as a securities lawyer with firms including Leclair Ryan, where he led the securities litigation practice. He also previously served as a branch chief and staff attorney with the Securities and Exchange Commission.