Exiger, the global leader in technology-enabled regulatory, financial crime, risk and compliance solutions, has appointed Joseph M. Quiazon to serve as Exiger's Asia Pacific (APAC) Head of Financial Crime Compliance (FCC).
Based in Hong Kong, Joseph brings over two decades' experience in financial crime compliance, business intelligence and fraud advisory. He will help lead Exiger's expansion into Asia Pacific, signifying a deepened investment in the compliance expertise necessary to effectively support financial institutions and corporations in APAC in their fight against financial crime.
"Exiger is committed to supporting our clients' growing needs in the Asia Pacific region," said Michael Beber, Exiger President and CEO. "As the complexity of financial crime continues to evolve, having seasoned local experts like Joseph has become increasingly important."
Before joining Exiger, Joseph was Managing Director and Regional Head of Standard Chartered Bank's Anti-Money Laundering (AML)/Counter Terrorist Financing and Anti-Bribery and Corruption programs. He had direct responsibility for more than 200 financial crime compliance professionals in 15 markets across APAC and transformed the regional FCC governance structure to align with expectations set by New York regulators. Joseph also advised the Central Bank of Myanmar on sanctions compliance in coordination with the U.S. Department of Justice and was appointed as a forensic expert by the Director of Enforcement at Hong Kong's Securities Futures Commission.
"Joseph's professional career consists of meaningful compliance experience against the backdrop of enhanced regulatory enforcement within financial institutions," said Daniel Banes, Managing Director and Exiger's APAC Regional Chair. "This background gives him a deep understanding of the compliance pain points experienced by Exiger's global clients, and more importantly, how to solve them."
Before Standard Chartered Bank, Joseph was a Partner and Managing Director with EY in Hong Kong, where he served as the Asia Pacific People Partner. He was also the APAC practice leader in KPMG's Global AML Group during his tenure at KPMG Australia.
As one of the fastest growing markets, APAC poses unique challenges and opportunities, with fully developed regulatory and compliance environments balanced against emerging markets. "It is a privilege to join an intellectually diverse team of subject matter experts at Exiger driven by a single common purpose: to help our clients find technology-enabled, sustainable compliance solutions to fight financial crime," said Quiazon.
Separately, Exiger, the global leader in regulatory, financial crime, risk and compliance solutions, announced the hiring of James Swenson to Vice President, International Head of Diligence for the APAC and EMEA markets. With more than 16 years' experience in research and operations, most recently as Global Head of Proposition for Customer Screening and Enhanced Due Diligence at Refinitiv, James will accelerate the delivery of Exiger's technology-enabled due diligence solutions to its international clients.
"Complex and far-reaching anti-bribery and corruption regimes, coupled with growing regulatory pressure to conduct more due diligence at a higher volume and pace, and lower total cost, make it more challenging than ever for international organizations to manage the risks their third parties pose," said Swenson. "I was attracted to how Exiger's solutions seamlessly combine extensive public records research experience and robust source networks with disruptive technology. Exiger's technology, when integrated with global expertise, is exactly the approach modern multinationals and governments must take to make faster risk-based decisions and safeguard their reputational integrity."
James will draw on his experience aiding financial institutions, corporations and governmental agencies to drive operational excellence while scaling best-in-class due diligence solutions. He will also focus on growing Exiger's newest office in Bucharest, enhancing the company's European language and global research capabilities.
"Organizations, struggling with how to incorporate more stringent compliance requirements into day-to-day business, are turning to technology for a sustainable solution," said Taylor Twining, President of Exiger Diligence. "Empowering forward-thinking industry leaders, like James, with cutting-edge technology, positions us to meet our clients' rapidly evolving needs to satisfy regulatory requirements and combat criminal activity."
James will continue to tailor Exiger Diligence's offering to the APAC and EMEA markets, drawing on his experience navigating global regulations, data privacy constraints, reputational risk, information availability and transparency into business dealings. He has extensive expertise in Know Your Customer (KYC) best practices, third-party screening and Residence/Citizenship by Investment due diligence, and is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS). Prior to joining Exiger, James' career spanned numerous senior due diligence roles including at Refinitiv, Thomson Reuters, World-Check and Citigroup.