Bill Coen

Chair; Vice Chair
IFRS Foundation’s Advisory Council; Reference Point

Bill Coen’s 20-year career with the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision culminated with his tenure as Secretary General from 2014 to 2019. The BCBS is the international group of central bankers and banking supervisors responsible for setting global regulatory standards. Bill chaired the Policy Development Group, which developed and recommended the “Basel III” global financial crisis reforms for endorsement by the BCBS and its governing body. He also chaired the Committee’s Task Force on Corporate Governance and the Coherence and Calibration Task Force. He had previously served as Deputy Secretary General from 2007 and his responsibilities focused on coordinating the various Basel III policy initiatives.

Bill joined the BCBS’s Secretariat in 1999 from the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System in Washington DC. Before joining the Federal Reserve, he was a bank examiner for the US Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. Bill began his career as a credit officer of a New York City-based bank.

Leveraging his 35+ years of experience in financial sector regulation, supervision and risk management, Bill maintains a wide range of roles and responsibilities:

  • Chairman, IFRS Advisory Council (London, UK)
  • Vice Chairman, Reference Point, a US-based boutique consulting firm
  • Chief Regulatory Adviser, Suade Labs (London, UK), a software solution provider to automate regulatory data requirements for financial institutions
  • Visiting Scholar, International Monetary Fund (Washington DC)
  • Member, Board of Directors and Chair, Audit Committee, of the Toronto Leadership Centre (Toronto, Canada)