OCC Names Senior Deputy Comptroller for Supervision Policy
Grovetta Gardineer shifts from compliance and community affairs; COO Morris Morgan designated chief national bank examiner
Friday, February 8, 2019
By Ted Knutson
The March 2 retirement of Grace Dailey, a 36-year veteran of the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, is prompting a distribution of her responsibilities as senior deputy comptroller for bank supervision policy and chief national bank examiner.
The new chief national bank examiner is Morris Morgan, the OCC's senior deputy comptroller and chief operating officer. The COO, who prior to this year was senior deputy comptroller for large bank supervision, coordinates the activities of all units directly involved in bank supervision.
Grovetta Gardineer, who has spent more than 31 years in bank supervision, policy and regulation and has been with the U.S. national bank regulatory agency since 2010, becomes senior deputy comptroller for bank supervision policy.
“In this role,” according to a February 5 press release, “Ms. Gardineer will direct the formulation of policies and procedures for the supervision and examination of national banks and federal savings associations, as well as overseeing staff responsible for identifying, assessing, and communicating risk to the federal banking system. She will continue to oversee the units that made up the agency's Compliance and Community Affairs functions as part of OCC's Bank Supervision Policy business unit.”
Gardineer had been senior deputy comptroller for compliance and community affairs since March 2016, overseeing compliance exams and supervising the agency's Community Affairs and Community Reinvestment Act programs. Before that, Gardineer was deputy comptroller for compliance risk and had previous postings at the Office of Thrift Supervision and Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. She has a B.A. degree from Wake Forest University and J.D., cum laude, from North Carolina Central University.
“Grovetta brings deep policy experience and passion to this new role and has been an important voice on the OCC's executive committee” as senior deputy comptroller for compliance and community affairs, Comptroller of the Currency Joseph Otting said in a statement.
The comptroller's office said that appointing COO Morris Morgan as chief national bank examiner is “consistent with the original 1923 statute, which authorized the Comptroller to 'designate a national bank examiner to act as chief of the examining division in his office.'”
A BBA in finance from Stephen F. Austin University in Nacogdoches, Texas, Morgan joined the OCC in 1985, became a commissioned national bank examiner in 1989, and has served as examiner-in-charge of Bank of America and PNC as well as deputy comptroller for large bank supervision. In that role, he directed nearly 700 people supervising the largest national banks and federal branches and agencies. He also oversaw the OCCs International Banking Supervision group and London office.
Morgan currently oversees the OCC bank supervision, bank supervision policy, economics, compliance and community affairs, and innovation units, and is a member of the executive committee and the committee on bank supervision.
Grace Dailey also served as deputy comptroller for large bank supervision during a career in which she supervised banks of all sizes and earned the senior national bank examiner designation. “I congratulate Grace on a long and successful career in public service,” Comptroller Otting said. “The agency and the federal banking system owe her a debt of gratitude for her leadership and service.”