NEW YORK, June 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Kevin Blakely, a veteran risk and regulatory professional who has spent nearly two decades as a chief risk officer in the banking industry and is the former head of the Risk Management Association, has joined Deloitte & Touche LLP as a senior advisor.
Blakely will focus on helping Deloitte's retail banking clients improve their overall risk and regulatory strategies, concentrating specifically on bolstering risk policies and practices and implementing enterprise risk management programs.
Previously, Blakely held multiple risk-related positions at KeyCorp from 1990 to 2007, the majority of time as chief risk officer, and was the risk leader for Huntington Bancshares from 2009 to 2012. Blakely served as the president and chief executive officer of the Risk Management Association, a global industry group dedicated to promoting and sharing best practices in financial risk management, from 2007 to 2009.
"Kevin's strong background and impeccable reputation of being able to build sustainable enterprise risk management programs speaks for itself, especially within the financial services industry," said Kevin McGovern, managing partner, governance, regulatory & risk strategies, Deloitte & Touche LLP. "In particular, his 40-years experience in this discipline – specifically his ability to bring banks' risk management to the next level – will serve our banking clients quite well."
Before joining the industry, Blakely spent nearly 20 years as a senior regulator with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. As Deputy Comptroller for Special Supervision, he was responsible for oversight of "problem" and failing institutions nationwide. Blakely regularly interacted with senior officials at other banking regulatory agencies, as well as members of the U. S. Congress. He received the prestigious Comptroller's Award, an honor given in recognition of outstanding contributions to the agency.
"For the past two or three years, the role of the chief risk officer has been described as 'ascendant' – but risk governance is going to receive even more prominence now because of the Dodd-Frank Act and other regulations," said Deborah Bailey, the managing director of Deloitte's banking & securities regulatory practice.
"Under the proposed rules around enhanced prudential standards, for example, not only will financial institutions with more than $10 billion in total assets have to establish a risk committee and make sure they have a risk management expert as a board-level director, but they must also establish the position of an independent, enterprise-wide chief risk officer. This is one of the areas we expect Kevin to help our diverse set of banking clients," Bailey added.
Blakely holds a bachelor's degree in finance from Southern Illinois University and a master's degree in business administration from Case Western Reserve University.
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