William A. Rowe
Chief Risk Officer
William A. Rowe is the Chief Risk Officer at the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC).
In this role, Mr. Rowe leads the agency's Office of Enterprise Risk Management and the agency's Enterprise Risk Committee. Under his direction, the Office of Enterprise Risk Management drives an agency-wide view of risks and evaluates adherence to the agency's risk appetite statement. The Enterprise Risk Committee includes the Comptroller of the Currency and the Executive Committee members. The Committee discusses risks facing the agency to ensure that key decisions and actions consider the OCC's enterprise risk profile and appetite and are appropriate to mitigate those risks. Mr. Rowe also participates in OCC Executive Committee, the National Risk Committee, and other significant meetings to promote a broader view of enterprise risks. He assumed these duties in July 2017.
Mr. Rowe also serves as the Comptroller's Liaison to the FDIC. In that role, he provides support to the Comptroller as a member of the FDIC's board of directors by providing feedback and advice on major policies, rulemakings, and other items coming before the board.
Prior to this role, Mr. Rowe served as Deputy to the Chief of Staff in the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) and the Comptroller's Liaison to the FDIC. As Deputy to the Chief of Staff, Mr. Rowe had broad operational, administrative, and project responsibilities and represented the Chief of Staff on agency committees involving planning, security, and technology.
During his OCC career, Mr. Rowe served as the Executive Assistant to the Senior Deputy Comptroller for Midsize and Community Bank Supervision from 2002 to 2006 and as the Executive Assistant to the Senior Deputy Comptroller Bank Supervision Operations from 1999 to 2002. He joined the OCC in 1992 after more than 12 years in the banking industry.
He was commissioned as a National Bank Examiner in 1995 after becoming a Certified Public Accountant in 1994 and was credentialed as a Federal Savings Association Examiner in 2015. He is a graduate of Towson University and holds an MBA in finance from Loyola University Maryland.