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Deutsche Bank Names New Global Anti-Financial Crime Chief

Tom Burroughes, Group Editor, 17 September 2018


The bank has named a new head of its global anti-financial crime group.

Deutsche Bank has promoted one of its senior managers to head up a global role of fighting financial crime, replacing an executive who is leaving for Denmark's embattled Danske Bank.

The manager, Stephan Wilken, holds the post of head of anti-financial crime and group anti-money laundering officer. The appointment takes effect from 1 October and he will report to Sylvie Matherat, the bank's chief regulatory officer.

Like some of its peers, Deutsche has been punished for AML systems failures. Last year, it was fined almost $700 million for helping Russians move money out of the country. In August last year the Frankfurt-listed lender, which operates in North America among other regions, acknowledged shortcomings to its controls.

Wilken has been with Deutsche Bank for almost 24 years and was most recently the global head of enterprise risk management and model risk. He has held posts in Germany, the UK and India, among others.

The change comes after Philippe Vollot, who took over the anti-crime role in January last year, moves to Dankse Bank, which in July said he was its new chief compliance officer. Danske, Denmark's largest bank, has been embroiled in a money laundering scandal in the Baltic, a situation prompting concerns that individual countries' AML regimes are not fit for purpose.

Deutsche has said bolstering its AML controls has been a priority, amid a number of probes and fines over compliance failings. (See a list of problems at various banks here.)

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