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Keynote Speakers

Mark Zandi
Chief Economist


Mark M. Zandi is chief economist of Moody’s Analytics, where he directs economic research. A trusted adviser to policymakers and an influential source of economic analysis for businesses, journalists and the public, Dr. Zandi frequently testifies before Congress on topics including the economic outlook, the nation’s daunting fiscal challenges, the merits of fiscal stimulus, financial regulatory reform, and foreclosure mitigation.

Colonel Arthur J Athens
Leadership Speaker, Consultant, and Coach


Colonel Athens recently left the federal government, having served for the past decade as the Director of the U.S. Naval Academy’s Vice Admiral James B. Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership and previously, as the Naval Academy’s first Distinguished Military Professor of Leadership. Colonel Athens is a retired Marine Corps officer with command and staff assignments in all four Marine Aircraft Wings and an instructor tour with Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron One (the Marine Corps’ equivalent to the Navy’s Top Gun school). He also served as a White House Fellow under President Ronald Reagan and the Special Assistant to the NASA Administrator following the Space Shuttle Challenger accident. Colonel Athens currently speaks around the country about leading with integrity and works alongside leaders to help them fulfill their personal and professional calling.


John Baer
Managing Director - Product Management

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John Baer is a Managing Director focusing on credit assessment and origination solutions. John has worked with clients around the world designing and developing credit risk solutions specifically targeted on borrower and transaction risk. John works closely with the RiskAnalyst and RiskOrigins solutions that are used by over 200,000 risk minded end users. These risk management software solutions include origination and risk monitoring work flow tools, counterparty risk rating models, portfolio exposure monitoring products, and spreading applications. Prior to Moody’s Analytics, John was with Ernst & Young advising private equity and corporate clients on investment acquisitions. John specialized in financial due diligence, working alongside commercial lenders valuing and assessing the risk of targeted transactions. John holds a certificate of Certified Public Accountant.

Brandon Baller
Branch President / Senior Lending Officer

Security Bank

Brandon began his career with Security Bank in Laurel as a college intern in 2000 and transitioned to a full-time position as loan officer when he graduated from Wayne State College in 2001.  He has been the Branch President in Hartington since 2005 and added the responsibility of Chief Credit Officer for the bank in 2013.  He completed his Master’s Degree from Wayne State College in 2003 and also received a diploma from the Graduate School of Banking in Boulder, Colorado in 2007.  Brandon has been active with the Nebraska Bankers Association, graduating from their Leadership Program in 2010 and serving on numerous committees.  Brandon was raised in Plainview, Nebraska and has been very involved in the Hartington community since his arrival.  He has served on the Economic Development Board, the Holy Trinity Finance Committee, the Welcome Committee, the Hartington Golf Board, the Community Redevelopment Authority and the Revolving Loan Fund Committee.  His passion outside of banking is playing golf and basketball and spending time with his wife and 4 sons, ages 14, 12, 10 and 8.

Keith Berry
Executive Director

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Keith Berry is the Founder and Executive Director of the Moody’s Analytics Accelerator based in New York.The Moody's Analytics Accelerator identifies new business opportunities and rapidly prototypes them using Lean Startup techniques. We work closely with customers to achieve product market fit and then bring these new products to market.We partner with startups and use the latest advances in artificial intelligence, machine learning and data analytics to build transformational new products.Keith has lived and worked in London, San Francisco, Paris and Hong Kong and has an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Josh Burke
Assistant Director

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Josh Burke is an Assistant Director in the Credit Assessment and Origination division of Moody’s Analytics. Josh is responsible for meeting with the leaders of the largest financial institutions in the country to learn more about current processes and propose new state of the art lending solutions. Josh has been with Moody’s Analytics for 3 years and is completing his MBA at Creighton University focused on Finance and Business Intelligence and Analytics. Prior to working at Moody’s, Josh earned his degree in Marketing and Economics, also from Creighton University.

Victor Calanog
Chief Economist & Senior Vice President

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Victor Calanog is Chief Economist and Senior Vice President at Reis, a division of Moody’s Analytics. He and his team of economists and analysts are responsible for the firm’s market forecasting, valuation, and real estate portfolio analytics services.

Dr Calanog’s research has received awards and fellowship support from several institutions, including the Ford Foundation, the Russell Sage Foundation and the Penn Lauder Center for International Business Research.

A prodigious researcher with broad interests, his papers in real estate economics, local government competition, and urban fiscal policy have been presented in meetings of the American Economic Association, the American Finance Association, the Brookings Institution, and discussed in academic forums sponsored by Harvard Business School, Columbia University, Stanford University, the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and the Stern School of Business at New York University.

Annie Choi
Senior Director - Product Management

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Annie Choi is a Senior Director of Product Management in the Enterprise Risk Solutions division of Moody’s Analytics. Annie has over 20 years of experience managing and designing software, the last 15 within the financial services industry. Annie has been with Moody’s Analytics since 2008, leading creative technology teams. She is currently responsible for the Moody’s Analytics Credit Assessment and Origination product, documentation, user experience, and training teams. Prior to joining Moody’s Analytics, she worked for Bank of America as a user experience manager focusing on their credit card online experience. Annie is currently based in San Francisco and is co-executive sponsor of the Moody’s Analytics San Francisco Women’s Employee Resource Group.

Sohini Chowdhury
Director - Solutions Specialist

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Sohini Chowdhury is a Director and Senior Economist with Moody’s Analytics, specializing in macroeconomic modeling and forecasting, scenario design, and market risk research, with a special focus on stress testing and CECL applications. Previously, she led the global team responsible for the Moody’s Analytics market risk forecasts and modeling services while managing custom scenarios projects for major financial institutions worldwide.An experienced speaker, Sohini often presents at client meetings and industry conferences on macroeconomic models, scenarios and CECL solutions. Sohini holds a PhD and a master’s degree in economics from Purdue University, and a master’s degree in applied statistics from West Chester University in Pennsylvania.

Rick Fredricks
FDIC & Producer

Grand Island, NE

Rick Fredricks leads the FDIC’s Kansas City Region Agricultural Subject Matter Expert program and is the Senior Examiner in the Grand Island, Nebraska, field office, primarily involved with the examination and financial analysis of rural community banks and their agricultural loan portfolios.  During his 34-year career, he has developed and conducted ag credit training to FDIC examiners, loan review specialists and other regulatory agencies covering all aspects of agriculture and ag credit administration.  Mr. Fredricks’ experiences have cultivated his knowledge of regulatory policies, financial statement analysis, loan servicing best practices, FSA guarantees, government farm programs, crop insurance, and marketing; as well as their impact on ag credit risk management.

 Mr. Fredricks was raised on a grain and dairy farm in south central Nebraska.  Today, Rick and his family live on and operate their own row crop farm in addition to his FDIC position.

Jim Gleason
Managing Director - CA&O

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Jim Gleason is a Managing Director in CA&O for Moody’s Analytics and is leading the Omaha office in delivering MA product offerings in a cloud environment. Jim joined the company in 2000 and leads a team dedicated to making Moody’s Analytics the leading provider for credit assessment, decisioning and monitoring to transform the way financial institutions and borrowers interact in the credit origination process. Jim earned his BS degree in Political Science from St. John’s University and his MBA from Norte Dame.

Ryan Gorney
Executive Vice President & Chief Information Officer

Professional Bank

Ryan L Gorney serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Information/Digital Officer of Professional Bank. Mr. Gorney is an accomplished, proactive Digital executive with an outstanding record of leading organizations through complex and strategic transformations including over a dozen mergers/integrations. Prior to Professional Bank, he was an Executive Director at EY (Ernst & Young LLP) where he helped lead the Digital Strategy practice with annual revenues over $200M.  Before EY, Gorney owned the Digital strategy and execution for KeyBank, a $135B financial services company headquartered in Cleveland, OH.  While at Key he focused on significantly reducing annual operational run costs while also increasing Digital-lead customer acquisition and satisfaction.  Mr. Gorney was also responsible for the Digital integration of First Niagara Bank ($40B) into KeyBank.  He has also held leadership positions at Accenture (ACN) providing advisory services to some of the largest financial services companies across the globe. Mr. Gorney received his B.S. from the University of Dayton.

Shawn Gregrich
Director - Senior Learning Partner

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Shawn Gregrich joined the training team in 2008 with over 17 years of banking experience.  During his time with Moody’s, Shawn authored elearning, including simulations, Coach scenarios, and new titles;  instructed in the classroom;  managed a sales territory;  and, most recently, worked as a Learning Partner – supporting clients around the world to deploy the right training solutions to meet their needs.  

Shawn started his career with KeyBank as a management intern and was exposed to all facets of banking.  During his time at KeyBank, Shawn worked as a Credit Analyst, Credit Department Manager, Underwriting Officer, Credit Officer and District Credit Officer.

Christian Henkel
Senior Director - Advisory Services

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Chris Henkel is a Director in the Enterprise Risk Solutions group where he leads risk management engagements throughout North America. He has extensive experience in commercial credit and financial analysis,portfolio management, asset quality, loan loss reserve methodologies,credit administration, process redesign, safety & soundness examinations,and credit risk modeling. Mr. Henkel leverages this vast experience to offer advisory services and custom quantitative risk solutions to his clients. He served as a credit risk instructor and is a frequent lecturer in industry conferences and organizations. He received his master’sand undergraduate degree from the University of Texas and graduated Valedictorian form the Southwestern Graduate School of Banking at Southern Methodist University.

Robby Holditch
Director - Solutions Specialist

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Robby is a Director in the Regulatory and Accounting Solutions team. He is responsible for providing accounting expertise across solutions, products, and services offered by Moody’s Analytics in the Americas. Robby has 15 years of experience in tax, financial reporting, and fair value measurement with regional banks and Big 4 audit firms. He has Bachelor of Accountancy and Master of Taxation degrees from Mississippi State University.

Doug Johnson
Director - Sales Manager

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Doug Johnson is a Director at Moody's Analytics specializing in Agriculture and has been with Moody's Analytics for over 25 years. Doug has worked with Ag lenders all across the United States and Canada, and is a frequent presenter on Agricultural topics via webinars, speaking at numerous State, Regional and National Ag conferences, Graduate Schools of banking, and leads the charge on new Ag functionality within our solution to help serve our Agricultural customer base. His strong passion for Agricultural awareness stems from growing up on his fourth generation Family Farm coupled with his teaching education background. Doug has first-hand experience with the cyclical and volatile nature of the Ag markets, which enables him to pull from his background and provide a valuable perspective while working with lenders and producers across the country.

John Kain
Business Development

Amazon (aws)

John Kain leads Amazon Web Services’ (AWS) worldwide business and market development efforts for the capital markets segment of the Financial Services industry. In this role, he is responsible for the development and execution of AWS’s strategic initiatives across a wide range of capital markets companies, including broker dealers, hedge funds, market data distributors, and exchange operators. He works with these organizations to help them transform their existing businesses and bring new, innovative solutions to market by leveraging AWS services.

John has more than 20 years of experience developing solutions for capital markets companies. Before joining AWS, he led the Global Transaction Surveillance Program for J.P. Morgan’s Investment Bank, where he headed the coordination and execution of strategy, technology delivery, and governance to address the organization’s regulatory mandates. Prior to joining J.P. Morgan, John ran NASDAQ’s high-frequency execution, real-time market risk, and reporting services with responsibility for product strategy, development, and operations. He also gained extensive experience in all aspects of product ownership—including market analysis, business development, technology management, and P&L oversight—working at two venture-backed financial technology companies.

Ed Kasper

Kasper Ag Solutions

Ed Kasper has a MBA from Rockford University and has spent most of his life working in the agricultural arena. For the last ten years, Ed has worked in the precision ag space, helping growers become more profitable and efficient.

Ed is the owner of Kasper Ag Solutions, LLC located in Poplar Grove, IL. Kasper Ag Solutions is committed to helping farmers know what, when and where to plant by using advanced data and technology to create a practical return on investment.

Fahid Khawaja
Senior Director - Implementation Services

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Fahid Khawaja is a Senior Director in the Enterprise Risk Solutions Division of Moody's Analytics where he leads the Banking and Regulatory Technology services team for the Americas region. Since 2009, he has worked at Moody's helping financial institutions tackle complex challenges in risk management. Prior to Moody's, Fahid worked at Dovetail Systems, a real-time payments processing software company that is now part of Fiserv. Before that, he was at an international trade finance software company implementing solutions around the globe and at Hewitt, now part of Aon, implementing defined contribution solutions on an HR Business Process Outsourcing platform for large clients. Fahid holds a BA from Rutgers University in Mathematics and an MBA from NYU Stern with dual specialization in Finance and Management of Technology and Operations.

Dr. David Kohl
Professor Emeritus, Agricultural Finance and Small Business Management and Entrepreneurship

Virginia tech

Dr. Kohl is Professor Emeritus of Agricultural Finance and Small Business Management and Entrepreneurship at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA.  Dr. Kohl currently energizes agricultural lenders, producers, and business people with his keen insight into the agricultural industry gained through extensive travel, research, and exposure during his career.  He has traveled over 9 million miles in his career; conducted more than 6,500 workshops and seminars for agricultural audiences; published more than 2,250 articles; and writes for many leading publications.  Dr. Kohl was recently inducted into the Virginia Tech College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Hall of Fame.  Dr. Kohl’s personal involvement with agriculture and interaction with key industry players provide a unique perspective into future trends of the agricultural industry and economy.

Kelly Lammers
Deputy Director

Nebraska Department of Banking and Finance

Kelly Lammers is the Deputy Director Financial Institutions with the Nebraska Department of Banking and Finance.  He is responsible for managing the Department Financial Institution licensing and examination operations which includes Nebraska chartered banks, credit unions, trust companies, money transmitters, and mortgage bankers to name a few of the 28 licensing types.  Kelly also serves on the Board of Trustees for the Conference of State Bank Supervisors (CSBS) Educational Foundation and is a member of the CSBS State Supervisory Processes Committee.

Kelly holds a MBA from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, is a graduate of the Colorado Graduate School of Banking, earned technical certifications in information security and auditing, as well as holds a Lean Six Sigma executive green belt.  Kelly can be reached at the Nebraska Department of Banking & Finance 1526 “K” Street, Suite 300, Lincoln, Nebraska,  68508 402.471.2171

Anne Martinez
Executive Vice President and Senior Loan Review Officer

Southside Bank

Anne Martinez serves as an Executive Vice President and Senior Loan Review Officer at Southside Bank.  She has been employed by Southside for 20 years and held credit and risk analyst positions prior to her current position in loan review where she has been for the past 11 years.   In addition to managing the loan review department, she is also responsible for the allowance process and the transition to CECL.  Prior to joining Southside, she was an analyst with Norwest Bank where she completed their College of Commercial Credit.

Anne holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in accounting and finance from Texas A&M University.   She is currently serving as an advisory director for the Commercial Banking Program at Texas A&M.  She is married to Roy Martinez and has a son, Peyton, and a daughter, Katelyn.

John Mone
Co-Founder and CEO


John Mone’s career spans twenty-five years of entrepreneurial experience as a consultant, coach, executive and thought leader within small to large-sized enterprises. He is the co-founder and CEO of Neuralify, an intelligent automation services and solutions company that brings deep expertise and a novel enablement platform to help organizations scale and accelerate the return on their RPA investment. Previously, John led a turnaround as interim COO at a private equity-owned, global enterprise software provider in Europe, served as CIO/CTO for a $3B public technology solutions company, and served as executive coach-in-residence for Wharton's top-rated program in entrepreneurial value creation. John received a BS from Rutgers University and an MBA in Strategic Management from The Wharton School.

Max O'Neill
Senior Director

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Max O’Neill is a Senior Director of Sales at Moody’s Analytics where he leads the Americas team of credit and technology specialists. He has been with Moody’s Analytics for 5 years as part of the Enterprise Risk Solutions division. Max has consulted with both domestic and international financial institutions to implement credit risk management and CECL solutions, including risk ratings, default probability and loss given default models, and loan origination software solutions.Max has an MBA in Finance from Seton Hall University and a BSBA in Finance and Management Information Systems from Creighton University.  Prior to joining Moody’s Analytics, Max worked in corporate finance in the commercial banking, hospitality and technology sectors.

Bilge Ozcay
Director - Implementation

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Bilge Ozcay is a Director at Moody's Analytics leading client implementation projects and serving as an SME on Asset Liability Management, Funds Transfer Pricing and Liquidity Stress Testing. He designed and managed the development of various features of the Moody's Analytics ALM product, such as Funds Transfer Pricing, Interest Rate Hedging Strategy and Balance Sheet Simulation. Prior to joining Moody’s Analytics, Bilge worked as a Business Analyst Lead at JP Morgan Chase, implementing firm-wide liquidity stress testing infrastructure and building liquidity stress test models for securities portfolios. Before that, Bilge worked on developing a real-time balance sheet application for collateral trading and led the analysis and delivery of the optimization of OTC derivatives margin at UBS Investment Bank. Bilge holds a master's degree in Computer Engineering from Columbia University.

Greg Robinson
Director - Sales Manager

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Gregory Robinson is a newly promoted Enterprise Risk Solutions (ERS) Sales Manager with responsibilities in both our Credit Assessment and Origination (CAO) & Banking Regulatory Technology (BRT) Product Suites. Prior to his new role, he served as CAO Product Specialist – focused on selling our credit decisioning platforms such as RiskAnalyst, Lending Cloud and CreditLens. As a Product Specialist, he was responsible for prospect identification, relationship building and new sales opportunities for his territory, which included the West Coast, Western Canada, DC, the US Farm Credit System and other select Tier 1 customers. He currently serves as the Lead for the MERG’s Retention subcommittee and as a working group member for MERG’s Black History Month Committee.

Tony Ross
Executive Vice President & Chief Credit Officer

Woodforest National Bank

Tony Ross’ thirty (30) year career in banking has included general management, new business development, credit analysis, credit administration, and capital markets experience. Concurrently, Tony held a succession of increasingly more responsible positions within the Florida Army National Guard and the U.S. Army Reserve retiring in 2012 at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, Infantry. He is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Mr. Ross joined Woodforest National Bank in 2016 in The Woodlands (Houston) as Chief Credit Officer where he is responsible for effective, sound, and consistent underwriting and management within the bank’s loan portfolio and the achievement of business goals related to loans and deposits, fee growth, profitability, client retention, and credit quality. Tony leads commercial, small business, and consumer underwriting, credit risk, real estate risk, loan review, and credit policy. He serves on many of the bank’s committees including credit, ALCO, compliance, BSA, IT, and business continuity. Tony is also a past Chairman of the Risk Management Association (RMA) Gulf Coast Chapter, past President of RMA’s Texas Chapter, and is RMA-Credit Risk Certified. Additionally, Mr. Ross serves on the faculty of the Consumer Bankers Association Executive Banking School.

Michael Schwartz
Director - Business Development

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Michael facilitates development of small business lending and credit decisioning solutions for financial institutions. As a member of the Moody’s Analytics Small Business Initiative, he provides industry insights from past experience in the commercial banking and fintech sectors. Prior to joining Moody’s Analytics, Michael served as Customer Success Director for fintech start-up Fundera, a marketplace created to connect small business owners with banks and alternative lenders. Michael also spent several years with PNC Bank, starting with the commercial underwriting group and then transitioning to the business bank segment, supporting small businesses in obtaining financing through SBA loan programs. Michael holds a BS in Finance with an Economics minor from The College of Business Administration of the University of Pittsburgh.

Vivek Thadani
Director - Strategy & Innovation

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Vivek leads the product development for the API Product Suite as well as new Commercial Real Estate partnerships at Moody’s Analytics Reis. His team supports the Reis API product which is used by leading CRE market participants to build out advanced solutions, as well as monitors technology trends to build out next generation API products. The team is also working on strategic partnerships to build out innovative solutions for CRE professionals. Prior to his current role, he managed the launch of the new CRE products in the Moody’s Analytics Accelerator and previously led the Structured Finance Valuations & Advisory group at Moody’s Analytics. Vivek holds a B.E. in Computer Science from Mumbai University and a M.E.M. from Dartmouth College.

Shayne Tobaben
Director - Sales Manager

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Shayne Tobaben  is an Enterprise Risk Solutions Sales Manager with responsibilities in  our Credit Assessment and Origination (CAO) selling both loan origination and regulatory platforms.   Prior to his current management role, he served as CAO Product Specialist – focused on selling our credit decision platforms such as Moody’s Lending Cloud,  RiskAnalyst,  and CreditLens.  As a Product Specialist, he was responsible for prospect identification, relationship building and new sales opportunities for his territory, which included the Gulf Coast states and Western Canada for tier 2 financial institutions.

John Toohig
Managing Director - Fixed Income / Whole Loan Trading

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As manager of the Whole Loan group, Mr. Toohig’s primary responsibilities include day-to-day trading of whole loan packages, portfolio analysis, transaction management and the structuring of whole loan, participation and various structured products. Mr. Toohig’s product focus encompasses both seasoned and new production: residential mortgages (both QM and Non-QM), commercial mortgages, consumer lending, scratch and dent loans, and non-performing assets. Prior to joining the Whole Loan group at Raymond James, Mr. Toohig was a part of the firm’s Taxable Banking platform where he was responsible for corporate debt transactions, trust preferred securities, sale leaseback transactions and ABS transactions.

Colin Whitehouse
Director - Sales Manager

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Colin Whitehouse is a Director within Learning Solutions where he leads a team helping financial service clients improve their credit analysis skills.  Colin’s teaching background, partnered with his experience in the training industry, provides a collaborative approach to developing successful learning solutions aligned to an organization’s strategic initiatives.  He began his career as a high school teacher, and transitioned to the corporate world, spending 15 years with Learning Tree International, a leading provider of IT and Project Management training.  Prior to joining Moody’s Analytics, Colin led the North American sales team at Omega Performance, which was acquired by Moody’s Analytics in August 2018.

Elaine Wong
Managing Director - Head of CA&O

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Elaine Wong is the Managing Director at Moody’s Analytics. She is the Global Head of Credit Assessment and Originations of Enterprise Risk Solutions. She is an expert related to banking risk management including model development, validation and calibration, credit portfolio performance and implementation of credit risk management systems. She has been advising clients related risk management and Basel related initiatives. She previously worked in various credit risk management functions at HSBC plc., Barclays Capital, Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein and Bank of Hawaii. Prior to joining Moody's Analytics, she was responsible for day-to-day project management of credit risk modeling efforts and model implementation related to Basel. Previously, she worked in various departments such as credit approval for individual obligors/groups in various industries and the country risk management and special projects related to limit implementation across the globe.

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