Acadiana Business

Janet Wood leaving Capital One

by Heather Miller

The former Capital One Lafayette president is retiring after a 30-year career in banking. Janet Wood is officially retiring from Capital One Bank June 1, marking the end of a 30-year (to the day) stint in the Acadiana banking market.

"I started my banking career 30 years ago on June 1," says Wood, who's been retained by Capital One on a part-time/consulting basis until her official retirement date.

Wood left her position as Capital One's Lafayette market president two years ago to take on a strategic sales role for Capital One's Louisiana and Texas markets.

"My position had gotten to be really big in terms of Louisiana and Texas strategy, and I knew it was going to get even bigger as the company handed down a more formal strategy from [corporate headquarters]," Wood says. "I realized that I wanted to play a smaller role, not a larger role, so I decided to retire. They've all been very supportive of my decision."

The wife of Delta Media General Manager Chuck Wood, Janet has served on the boards of Downtown Development Authority, Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities and Crime Stoppers. She's also a graduate of Leadership Lafayette and Leadership Louisiana, according to the UL Foundation website. She'll continue to be very involved with the UL Lafayette Foundation, for which she serves on the board of trustees, and still plans to serve as a mentor for the705, a civic and networking group geared toward young professionals in Acadiana, she says.

"The [strategic sales] position had me traveling a lot, so I'll be as committed, if not more, now that I'm retiring," she says.