International Chief Compliance Officer
Robert joined Northern Trust in September 2013, and since May 2023 has assumed the role of International Chief Compliance Officer.
The Chief Compliance Officer is a key leader in Northern Trust’s Global Compliance organisation. Responsibilities include managing the activities and direction of the EMEA (Europe, Middle East, and Africa) and APAC (excluding Australia) regional compliance programme and resources, providing guidance on compliance issues for the EMEA and APAC region, as well as influencing the tone and direction of the global compliance programme. The compliance function covers monitoring the regulatory landscape, rule-mapping, compliance risk assessments, testing, policies, training and advisory. Robert is also the SMF16 for the four UK Asset Servicing legal entities. From August 2021 to April 2023, Robert was the EMEA Chief Compliance Officer.
Between 2019 and mid-2021, Robert was the Global Product lead for Regulatory Solutions. The Regulatory Solutions team’s remit is to be accountable globally for regulatory and industry change across all of Northern Trust Asset Servicing both from Northern Trust and client perspective. This includes horizon scanning, business assessments, implementation and consultative support. Prior to 2019, Robert managed Northern Trust’s Product Solutions team. That team was responsible for any cross product or jurisdictional opportunities, offering consultative support to existing and prospective clients, our product and strategy for asset owner clients (pension funds, insurance firms, central banks and sovereign wealth funds), regulation, cash and liquidity solutions, FX, distribution and tax transparent fund products.
Before joining Northern Trust, Robert spent 17 years at Merrill Lynch (now Bank of America Merrill Lynch) in prime brokerage in a variety of roles, including running the hedge fund client services team, client consulting, product development and client on-boarding teams.