Academic journal article ABA Banking Journal

Rob Nichols to Be ABA's Next President and CEO

Academic journal article ABA Banking Journal

Rob Nichols to Be ABA's Next President and CEO

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Rob Nichols, an accomplished Washington policy hand, was in late May announced as ABA's next president and CEO. The current president and CEO of the Financial I Services Forum and a former assistant secretary at the Treasury Department, Nichols will join ABA later this summer upon Frank Keating's retirement after five years at the helm.

"Rob Nichols will be a superb leader of ABA," says ABA Chairman John Ikard, who is also president and CEO of FirstBank Holding Co., Lakewood, Colo. "The banking industry is undergoing a great deal of change. We sought a visionary, strategic leader with demonstrated public policy acumen, a keen understanding of the entirety of the banking and financial system, and a strong track record of both strategic management and bipartisan advocacy. Rob Nichols hits the mark on all counts, and we are delighted that he will be leading our organization."

Nichols is "deeply honored to take on the responsibility of leading ABA," he says, adding that "the nation's economic growth prospects depend on banks of all sizes and models in order to effectively serve the needs of local communities, clients and customers. ABA is uniquely positioned to rigorously make this case to legislative, regulatory and administration audiences.

"I look forward to the opportunity of serving ABA and will work tirelessly with members and the state bankers associations to improve the public policy environment in which all banks operate," he remarks.

Nichols' appointment won accolades from across the banking community. …

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