Academic journal article ABA Banking Journal

Changing of the Guard

Academic journal article ABA Banking Journal

Changing of the Guard

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"Didn't we just do this?" said ABA's chief, lowering his tall frame into a chair in his office in that familiar semi-slouched position. Yes, actually, we did just do this--"this" referring to an interview--but the subject of that earlier session, we reminded him, was about the Dodd-Frank Act. This one was for an article about him, now that he's leaving ABA. "Oh, yes," he recalled, with an air of resignation. It was the end of another busy week, and getting near the end of a five-year run leading the industry's largest trade group. And "run" is the right word. The pace, especially over the last three years, was brutal.

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More than that, though, Yingling was in the process of closing the books on 25 years of ABA service. There are other ABA staff members who have toiled away at 1120 Connecticut Ave. as long as Yingling--and a handful even longer--but because of his prominent role from day one, it is hard to imagine ABA without him.

Still, no one person defines the ABA, and even now, Yingling's replacement is on board and will take over the reins on Jan. 1. Former Oklahoma Governor Frank Keating brings an impressive resume to the post (see page 13), and will soon begin to make his own mark as CEO. That story is yet to be told. …

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