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08/15/2014

Comptroller Curry thanked Lyons for his 37 years of service to the OCC during a recognition event held at Headquarters on July 29.

Comptroller Curry thanked Lyons for his 37 years of service to the OCC during a recognition event held at Headquarters on July 29.

Chrisalyn Santos
Public Affairs Operations

John Lyons retired on August 1, following a 37-year career with the OCC. He started as a field examiner in Chicago and concluded his OCC service as the Senior Deputy Comptroller for Bank Supervision Policy and Chief National Bank Examiner.

As the Senior Deputy Comptroller for Bank Supervision Policy and Chief National Bank Examiner, Lyons directed the creation of policies and procedures for supervising and examining national banks. He chaired the OCC’s Committee on Bank Supervision and served on the agency’s Executive Committee.

Jennifer Kelly (right) presented Lyons with the Albert Gallatin Award, which was named after the longest-serving Secretary of the Treasury. Kelly has assumed Lyons’s duties as Senior Deputy Comptroller for Bank Supervision Policy and Chief National Bank Examiner.

Jennifer Kelly (right) presented Lyons with the Albert Gallatin Award, which was named after the longest-serving Secretary of the Treasury. Kelly has assumed Lyons’s duties as Senior Deputy Comptroller for Bank Supervision Policy and Chief National Bank Examiner.

After serving as a field examiner, Lyons became a credit team lead and Examiner-in-Charge of several large and midsize banks, including First of America Bank, Firstar Bank, LaSalle Bank, and Citibank. Lyons also participated in examinations of community banks, multinational and international branches, and special supervision assignments. In 2009,Lyons was designated a Senior National Bank Examiner, a title reserved for a small number of examiners who have distinguished themselves through exceptionally high-quality performance on bank supervision issues of systemic importance. In 2011, he became the Senior Deputy Comptroller for Bank Supervision Policy and Chief National Bank Examiner.

During a recognition ceremony held at Headquarters on July 29, Comptroller Thomas J. Curry called Lyons “the quintessential supervisor’s supervisor” as he thanked him for his service to the OCC. The Comptroller asserted Lyons’s commitment to the OCC, noting that Lyons remained at the agency after he was eligible to retire to help strengthen the OCC’s Large Bank Supervision program. The Comptroller also highlighted Lyons’s work in developing and overseeing the Supervision Peer Review project. “I cannot thank John enough for his commitment to the OCC, its people, and its future success,” said Curry. “John has lived up to what he described as the Chief National Bank Examiner’s most important role, which is being the conscience of the OCC. As Comptroller, I’ve seen him prove himself in this role many times.”

In his remarks, Lyons said that he was “fortunate” to have worked at the OCC. “We are a family in a sense that we share the same set of core values – honesty, integrity, teamwork, and professionalism,” he said. And when it comes to bank supervision, Lyons said the OCC does it “better than anyone else in the world.”

Last Updated: 08/29/2014