News Release 2005-93 | September 20, 2005

John G. Walsh Named OCC’s Chief of Staff

WASHINGTON -- The Comptroller of the Currency named John G. Walsh his Chief of Staff and Public Affairs, today.

Mr. Walsh will join the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency on October 17, 2005, from the Group of Thirty, where he has served since 1992, and as its Executive Director since 1995. Prior to that, Mr. Walsh served on the Senate Banking Committee from 1986 to 1992 and as an international economist for the U.S. Department of Treasury from 1984 to 1986. Mr. Walsh also served with the Office of Management and Budget as an international program analyst, with the Mutual Broadcasting System, and in the U.S. Peace Corps in Ghana.

As Chief of Staff and Public Affairs, Mr. Walsh will provide expert policy advice and serve as senior advisor to the Comptroller on all matters.

"John is a talented, pragmatic, and experienced person who has worked on a broad range of issues with Congress, the other regulatory agencies and the banking industry," said John C. Dugan, Comptroller of the Currency. "I look forward to him joining our team and further strengthening the superb group of senior executives we have at the OCC."

Mr. Walsh holds a Master's in Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University (1978) and graduated magna cum laude from the University of Notre Dame in 1973. He is a resident of Catonsville, Md., where he lives with his wife and four children.

Mr. Walsh replaces Mark A. Nishan, who has served as Chief of Staff since 1999. Mr. Nishan will remain a member of the OCC's Executive Committee as the Executive Officer for Leadership, Learning and Workplace Fairness. Mr. Nishan will oversee issues related to succession planning, leadership development and other strategic human capital concerns.

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