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Robert J. Chersi, former CFO and Member of the Executive Committee of Fidelity Investments, named Executive Director of the Center for Global Governance, Reporting and Regulation at Pace University

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Robert J. Chersi, former CFO and Member of the Executive Committee of Fidelity Investments, named Executive Director of the Center for Global Governance, Reporting and Regulation at Pace University

Chersi to succeed John Alan James, who will become Chairman Emeritus of the Center

New York, NY – March 26, 2014  – The Lubin School of Business at Pace University today announced that Robert J. (“Bob”) Chersi has been appointed executive director of its Center for Global Governance, Reporting and Regulation. He will succeed John Alan (“Jack”) James, who will become Chairman Emeritus of the Center.

“Bob possesses a deep understanding of financial institutions given his extensive leadership experience in that industry,” said Neil S. Braun, Dean of the Lubin School of Business and former President of the NBC Television Network and CEO of Viacom Entertainment. “He is well-positioned to lead the Center in the next phase of its development.”

Chersi is an accomplished corporate financial and risk executive who joined Lubin as the Center’s Advisor in July 2013 and also serves as an adjunct professor of finance and economics.  His business career included experiences as CFO and Member of the Executive Committee of Fidelity Investments, Member of the Group Managing Board of UBS AG, and CFO for U.S. Wealth Management. In these roles, he functionally led finance, risk and compliance organizations, and served on many industry committees and associations. He started his career servicing financial institutions industry clients as a CPA with KPMG, after graduating from Lubin. 

Jack James, an internationally recognized corporate governance leader, joined Lubin as an adjunct professor in 2003 and was appointed the inaugural Executive Director of the Center in 2012.  During his tenure he created a new course, Comparative Corporate Governance Systems, and modified a second course to reflect the growing need for academic input on regulatory strategies. The two courses form the basis for the initial sessions of the Certified Compliance and Regulatory Professional (CCRP®) program and qualify certificate winners with credit for applying toward a graduate degree at Lubin.  James is a former management consultant with Hewitt Associates and McKinsey & Co., and he also created his own firm, Management Counsellors International, S.A.  He earned his bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University and an MBA from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business.

"We want to thank Jack for his leadership and commitment and look forward to his continuing contributions,” said Braun. “He led the development of our successful CCRP® program and created a strong foundation for the Center’s further growth in today’s complex and evolving regulatory environment.” 

About the Lubin School of Business at Pace University: Globally recognized and prestigiously accredited, the Lubin School of Business integrates New York City’s business world into the experienced-based education of its students at Pace’s suburban and downtown campuses, implemented by the region’s largest co-op program, team-based learning, and customized career guidance. Its programs are designed to launch success-oriented graduates toward upwardly mobile careers.  www.pace.edu/lubin

About the CCRP® Program and the Association of International Bank Auditors:  The CCRP® (Certified Compliance and Regulatory Professional) Program is a six-month premier certificate program for compliance professionals in the financial institutions industry. The program is jointly sponsored by the Lubin School of Business at Pace University and the Association of International Bank Auditors (AIBA) and recently commenced its fifth cycle of certification of industry professionals. The AIBA membership consists of internal audit, compliance and internal control professionals of nearly 100 U.S. branches and agencies of foreign banks.  The mission of the AIBA is to foster the professional standing of its members by increasing their knowledge and capacities to carry out their responsibilities with respect to international banking.

Media contact:  Bill Caldwell, Pace, 212-346-1597, wcaldwell@pace.edu

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