STB Systems adds three to compliance team

Source: STB Systems

STB Systems has added three new compliance professionals to its team of regulatory and compliance experts.

Olga Gonzalez-Hernandez brings her experience of anti money laundering procedures gained in UK financial institutions to STB Systems to complete an impressive line-up of regulatory and compliance professionals. Olga has recently been awarded the prestigious UK Diploma in Anti Money Laundering and is a member of the International Compliance Association.

Olga has previously held positions at Prudential-Bache International and EFG Private Bank Ltd. A seasoned KYC specialist working with the operations and compliance departments of these institutions, Olga gained her BA in Economics at the University of Valencia, Spain and her MA in European Business and Languages here in London at the South Bank University.

Other recent STB Systems team members include: Zoe Pease and Abigail Bright - Abigail will join part of the regulatory reporting and compliance consultancy team along with Zoe. Abigail comes with a wealth of experience in UK regulatory reporting gained with institutions such as Abbey National, Schroder's, HBOS and most recently United National Bank where Abigail was Assistant to the Financial Controller as well as having responsibility for regulatory reporting. Abigail has a broad exposure to all aspects of UK regulatory reporting including production of the BSD3 CAD sections, Large Exposures and Liquidity reports. In addition, Abigail has also held responsibility for AML and over compliance duties.

Zoe gained her regulatory and compliance reporting knowledge working for many institutions including HSBC Bank Plc, Credit Lyonnais, Deutsche Bank, Dresdner Bank and most recently National Bank of Kuwait Plc where Zoe was responsible for Large Exposures and Liquidity reporting requirements. Zoe performed various checks on static data against terrorist watch lists for AML compliance and was also responsible for producing regular reports for Central Bank of Kuwait purposes. Zoe is currently working toward a higher IT qualification at a London college to further enhance her overall skills.

The addition of these three team members strengthens STB's already extensive team of compliance professionals. STB is led from the top by Directors with 20 to 30 years each of banking and financial services, with many more years of experience down through the management and consultant levels of the company, drawn from the same industry sectors as the clients for whom they configure compliance solutions.

Whilst STB has an experienced team of programming staff to work on enhancements to actual program code, the overall majority of projects and new compliance reporting requirements require no new program code. The STB generic tools being configured for each project by staff who understand the client requirements having most probably done the same job function themselves.

STB Systems' research analysts, responsible for identifying and interpreting regulatory rules and compliance requirements before specifying how projects should be approached, are again drawn from across the financial sector. They are experts in all things, from CAD to Basel II and also complex securities reporting requirements for investment firms. Many of STB's team members, both in the UK and in our offices in New York, Singapore and Hong Kong, also have considerable experience in management reporting issues that client's may face.

Michael Thomas, Group CEO welcomed the three newest members to the STB team with the promise of a busy time ahead as new regulations and compliance initiatives begin to be applied globally, such as the impact of Basel II, the USA Patriot Act and the EU Money Laundering Directive. Michael is a member of the founding team of STB Systems from 1985 and previously worked in the fields of systems security with Chemical Bank and computer audit with Chase Manhattan. He remains close to the business issues surrounding financial compliance and anti money laundering and has a deep understanding of the application of IT as a part of an institution's overall anti money laundering programme. Michael is frequently quoted in leading international publications, as well as appearing on CNBC-Asia.

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