Frank Keating Is on the Job

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Frank Keating has taken over as ABA's new president and CEO with the well-focused energy he brings to everything he does. And he's already declared his top priority: Listening to ABA's Board of Directors and you, the bankers, to determine ABA's agenda for the future.

Our new president has a strong history of leadership on financial issues and the respect of policymakers on both sides of the aisle.

He led the American Council of Life Insurers as its CEO for the past eight years, strengthening it, growing its membership and improving its finances and reputation. He brought a bipartisan philosophy to that post, a trait that helped him to be named to serve on the Bipartisan Policy Center's Debt Reduction Task Force. He will run ABA the same way.

He was twice elected governor of Oklahoma, where his compassionate and professional handling of the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah federal building won praise and respect.

ABA's new leader is also highly regarded for his service as an assistant secretary of the Treasury, where he worked on issues related to the Bank Secrecy Act, and as general counsel and acting deputy secretary at the Department of Housing and Urban Development. There he had legal oversight of the Federal Housing Administration and worked on lending practices and securitization issues in housing finance. Before that he was U.S. associate attorney general, a U.S. Attorney and state prosecutor in Tulsa, and an FBI agent.

All of his qualities--leadership, energy, a knowledge of financial issues, extensive management experience, and a record of excellence that makes him well-known and well-respected in Washington, D. …