Philadelphia, PA (September 20, 2005)â The Risk Management Association (RMA)
announced today that it has expanded its presence in Europe with two key
appointments. Based in the U.K., Simon Wills joins RMA as a Director; based
in Brussels, Lode Beckers will be the Senior RMA Representative to the
European financial services industry.
Wills is joining the RMA management team to lead the development of RMAâs
operational risk management programs in Europe, and to participate in and
lead various other services in Europe and around the globe. On his
appointment, he has been seconded to the Operational Riskdata eXchange
Association (ORX) as its first executive director.
Charles Taylor, director of operational risk at RMA in Philadelphia, said,
"Simon is a recognized authority in the industry and brings to us and ORX a
deep knowledge of European public policy and global financial services
practice. He is the ideal person to lead our efforts in Europe and to lead
our support for ORX."
Previously, Wills was a director of the British Bankersâ Association (BBA),
where he led the representation of the British banking industry on the
reform of the Basel Capital Accord and other changes in the regulatory
framework. While at the BBA, Wills chaired the European Banking Federation
Basel Working Group.
Beckers, a senior international financier and banker, is representing RMA
to the European financial services and central banking communities.
Beckers, who worked for Citibank for 28 years in seven countries, in 1996
founded LOBO N.V., an advisory and equity investment, firm focusing on
EU-related strategic and organizational matters.
Over the past eight years, trade and industry federations, governments, and
leading corporations have called on Lodeâs expertise in assessing the
euroâs impact on the European Single Market area.
RMA President and CEO Maurice H. Hartigan II said, "I am delighted to have
Wills and Beckers join us as RMA expands its reach in the global financial
market. Their deep knowledge of the financial services industry and its
European leaders will have an enormous impact as we help the industry
incorporate best practices in enterprise risk management."