Brussels, 23 October 2020 – Today, the Global Coalition to Fight Financial Crime (the Coalition) is happy to announce the appointment of John Cusack as its inaugural Chair.
Mr Cusack is a leading financial crime fighter with significant industry experience having been twice co-chair of the Wolfsberg Group (2004-2005 and 2017-2019), the global association which develops guidance and principles for managing financial crime risks. Mr Cusack was previously Global MLRO at UBS and Standard Chartered Bank and is currently editor of the Financial Crime News and author of “Red Alert”, “the Global Threat Assessment 2019” and “Sub-Saharan Africa Threat Assessment 2020”. He has also been a founding supporter of public private partnerships, including the UK’s JIMLIT and similar ones in Hong Kong and Singapore, as well as information sharing initiatives in the US.
The role of the Chair is to help drive the Coalition in line with its objectives and support the recently formalised secretariat. This is a two-year position beginning immediately.
John Cusack, incoming Coalition Chair, said:
“I’m excited to be the Coalition’s first Chair at a time where we need to change our approach to make the fight against financial crime more effective. The Coalition is truly unique in being the only anti-financial crime consortium representing the anti-financial crime ecosystem encompassing the private and public sectors, NGOS, civil society, and subject-matter experts from across the globe.
As Chair, I will continue to promote the Coalition’s objectives of advocating partnerships across all stakeholder groups while harnessing best practices and supporting new ways of working to achieve our common goals of reducing societal harms, protect the financial system and promote corporate business integrity.
I’m a firm believer in the power of collaboration and information sharing whilst safeguarding privacy. I am committed to explore and identify the change that makes the difference and working to make those changes happen.”
The Coalition congratulates John and looks forward to working with him in tackling the significant financial crime agenda ahead.
Thibault Jacobs, Bertrand Huet and Niamh Griffin