WESTPORT, CT--(Marketwired - October 27, 2015) - Alexander Church, a global regulatory consulting firm with offices in Westport, CT, London and San Francisco, has announced the appointment of R. Gerald Baker and Russell Walker as National Practice Leaders in Compliance and Enterprise Risk Management respectively. "With these appointments, we have established ourselves as a leader in regulatory consulting," said Don Andrews, the President of Alexander Church.
Andrews, who has a distinguished regulatory record in his own right, said of Jerry Baker, "Jerry is one of the most respected and admired compliance professionals in the United States. His words have import because his record of regulatory expertise and integrity is without peer." Baker is the former Executive Director of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, Legal and Compliance Society ("SIFMA L&C"), where he was instrumental in shaping both the policy and direction of the organization. During his tenure, SIFMA produced two highly influential white papers, "The Role of Compliance" (2005) and "The Evolving Role of Compliance" (2013). Mr. Baker was the highly successful Chief Compliance Officer for Prescott, Ball and Turben and EVEREN Securities, the successor to Kemper Securities, Inc. Since becoming independent in 2001, he has been one of the most sought after compliance consultants in the United States.
Russell Walker joins the team of Alexander Church as one of the leading risk management professionals in the world today. He is the author of two recent books, From Big Data to Big Profits: Success with Data and Analytics published by Oxford University Press (2015) and Winning with Risk Management (World Scientific Publishing, 2013). These recent publications have established Professor Walker as an expert in the principles and practices of risk management as well as how firms can monetize Big Data. Professor Walker is currently the Clinical Associate Professor of Managerial Economics and Decision Sciences at the Kellogg School of Management of Northwestern University. He is often quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Forbes, the Financial Times and the International Herald Tribune. Andrews said of Russell Walker, "He is brilliant, down to earth and pragmatic. Any financial firm would have an advantage by what he could bring and deliver to their risk management program."
Alexander Church has quickly added top talent and established strong relationships with strategic partners. "We are a full-service firm for banks, investment advisers, broker dealers, funds groups and private funds. We believe that having an enviable compliance and risk management program not only draws the respect of our regulators, but solidifies relationships with clients and greatly enhances the ability for financial institutions to generate revenue," said Andrews.