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Nichols Named New ABA President and CEO

Posted on 5/27/2015

The ABA Board of Directors has announced the selection of Rob Nichols as the ABA's new President and CEO. Nichols, a former Senate confirmed Treasury Department official, currently heads the Financial Services Forum. He will succeed former Oklahoma Gov. Frank Keating, who has headed the ABA since January 2011. The transition will begin in late summer.

Nichols said, "I am deeply honored to take on the responsibility of leading the ABA. The nation's economic growth prospects depend on banks of all sizes and models in order to effectively serve the needs of local communities, clients and customers. Community banks, mid-size, regional, and large banks all play a critically important role as part of a diverse and interdependent financial ecosystem that both supports and depends on a thriving U.S. economy.

Currently President and CEO of the Financial Services Forum, Nichols joined the Financial Services Forum in June 2005 following four-and-a-half years of service in the Treasury Department, including as Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Public Affairs, in the President George W. Bush Administration.

Prior to his Treasury appointment, Nichols was the communications director for the Electronics Industries Alliance, a trade organization representing more than 1,300 high-tech U.S. manufacturers, and before that was a senior aide to Senator Slade Gorton and Congresswoman Jennifer Dunn. He was also an aide to the Chief of Staff in the President George H.W. Bush Administration.

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