State bank supervisory group’s CEO dies

John W. Ryan, president and chief executive officer of the State Conference of Bank Supervisors (CSBS), died unexpectedly Monday in Washington, the organization’s board announced Tuesday.

The CSBS, it website notes, supports state regulators in advancing the system of state financial supervision by ensuring safety, soundness, and consumer protection; promoting economic growth; and fostering innovative, responsive supervision.

“On behalf of the CSBS Board of Directors, executive team, staff and membership, we extend our deepest sympathies to John’s family and everyone who knew and worked with John over his more than 30-year career. John was an inspirational and humble leader who brought incredible dedication, intellect and passion to CSBS, the state regulatory system and financial services more broadly,” said Melanie Hall, Chair of the CSBS Board of Directors.

The CSBS said its board has named James Cooper, EVP of Policy and Supervision, as the acting CEO of the CSBS.

The CSBS and its members work closely with federal banking regulators on bank supervisory matters; the CSBS and several of those individual state regulators are included on the State Liaison Committee of the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC).

Ryan joined the staff of the CSBS in 1997 and served as its president and CEO since 2011. Previously, he worked at a public affairs firm and worked on the U.S. House Banking, Finance and Urban Affairs Committee (now the House Financial Services Committee).

CSBS Board of Directors Announces the Passing of John W. Ryan