ABA's New Chief: Frank Keating

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He's been on the job since Dec. 1, working with retiring CEO Ed Yingling, so Frank Keating will hit the ground running when he officially becomes ABA president and chief executive officer Jan. 1.

In announcing the decision to hire Keating, ABA Chairman Steve Wilson, CEO of LCNB National Bank, Lebanon, Ohio, said, "Frank...brings to this position tremendous energy, a strong history of involvement in financial issues, the respect of policymakers on both sides of the aisle, and extensive management experience."

Part of that management experience was leading a large trade association. Until this fall, Keating was CEO of the American Council of Life Insurers, a post he held for eight years. He has also run a state. Keating served as governor of Oklahoma for two terms, from 1995 to 2002. Less than four months after being sworn in, Keating faced the devastation resulting from the bombing of the Murrah Federal Office Building in Oklahoma City. Both Keating and his wife, First Lady Catherine Keating, received national acclaim for their handling of that difficult situation.

Prior to running for governor, Keating served two years in the Oklahoma House of Representatives and six years as a state senator, becoming minority leader.

Keating was born in St. Louis, but grew up in Tulsa, where his family moved shortly after he and his twin brother were born in 1944. …