Bill Coen is Vice Chair at Reference Point with over 35 years of experience in risk management and financial institution regulation and supervision. In his role, Bill uses his deep subject matter expertise to bolster Reference Point’s service offerings, help drive business development, and provide key strategic advice to global clients across risk and regulatory compliance domains. He has held prominent positions at the world’s top institutions and regulatory bodies including the Federal Reserve Board and the Bank for International Settlements (BIS).
Prior to joining Reference Point, Bill served as Secretary General of the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision. As Secretary General, Bill directed the work of the Committee, managed its Secretariat, and chaired the Policy Development Group, which developed and recommended the “Basel III” post-crisis reforms. He also chaired both the Task Force on Corporate Governance and the Coherence and Calibration Task Force. Prior to his appointment as Secretary General, Bill served as Deputy Secretary General where his responsibilities focused on the Committee’s response to the global financial crisis, including coordinating the various Basel III policy initiatives.
Bill joined the Basel Committee’s Secretariat in 1999 from the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System in Washington DC. Before joining the Federal Reserve, he was a bank examiner for the US Office of the Comptroller of the Currency.
Bill demonstrates his passion and understanding of regulatory compliance in various board and committee positions. Most notably, he is the Chairman of the IFRS Foundation’s Advisory Council, sits on the board of directors for the Toronto Leadership Centre, and is an active member of the Bretton Woods Committee. Bill began his career as a credit officer of a New York City-based bank, serving as an Assistant Vice President responsible for consumer credit and retail mortgage lending.
Bill is a New York City native and received his Master of Business Administration degree from Fordham University (1991) and Bachelor of Science degree from Manhattan College (1984).
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