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Former Oklahoma governor Keating selected to lead ABA

ABA Chairman Steve Wilson today announced that ABA has selected former Oklahoma Gov. Frank Keating to serve as the association's new president and CEO. Keating will join ABA on Dec. 1 and assume his new role on Jan. 1, upon the retirement of current president and CEO, Ed Yingling.

“Frank was the unanimous choice of the Search Committee,” said Wilson, who is chairman and CEO of LCNB National Bank in Lebanon, Ohio. “He brings to this position tremendous energy, a strong history of involvement in financial issues, the respect of policymakers on both sides of the aisle and extensive management experience, including eight years as CEO of the American Council of Life Insurers.”

Wilson said Keating is well known in Washington and around the country and is highly regarded for his public service in senior positions in the Justice Department, Treasury and the Department of Housing and Urban Development, in addition to his eight years as governor of Oklahoma, from 1995 to 2003.

“Frank comes from a family of bankers and served on the board of a savings bank. His experience as assistant secretary of the Treasury and general counsel and acting deputy secretary of HUD will be helpful as Congress considers reform of GSEs and housing finance,” Wilson said. He added that Keating brings strong management skills honed as governor and as a leader of a large and complex trade association.

“Coming out of the financial crisis, we are entering a period of great change for our industry. We wanted a strong, proven leader and consensus builder who will listen to the concerns of bankers and be a dynamic champion for our industry during this critical time,” Wilson said. “That is what we have in Frank Keating.”

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