Howard Spieler, the Co-Chair of the ACAMS New York Chapter, is a Certified International Sanctions Compliance Officer (ISCO) and Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) experienced in advising stakeholders on processes focused on economic sanctions and OFAC compliance.
In his current role as a vice president in the global sanctions compliance department at Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFG), he supports various programmatic initiatives to reduce risk for the bank. Subject matter expertise is provided on various topics, including the Global Financial Crime Risk Assessment, evaluations of new and modified products domestically as well as globally, third party and vendor risk, and other key control enhancement projects. Prior to that role he was a Vice President in the Sanctions Advisory group for the Americas, providing advisory support and program oversight.
Previously, he was a senior vice president at Citibank, supporting consent order related obligations in a governance and oversight capacity by validating, reviewing, and monitoring key artifacts, creating metrics and providing monthly reporting to senior management. Prior to that, he was the sanctions compliance officer within corporate compliance’s financial crimes group at American International Group (AIG), acting as a liaison within the company for both the commercial and consumer businesses on various global economic sanctions matters.
In his previous role, he was the senior vice president and head of compliance at the New York City Economic Development Corporation, managing a team of nearly 20, where he helped develop and maintain the company’s risk-based compliance program. He was tasked with all regulatory reporting, as well as the ongoing monitoring and assessment of a $30 billion portfolio of public-private real-estate transactions.
Throughout his career Howard has focused on providing guidance and oversight to comply with applicable legal, regulatory and policy compliance requirements in the anti-financial crimes and other compliance risk areas.
Howard authored "A Global Review of Sanctioned Countries" and “The Impact of the U.S. President on Economic Sanctions”, both published by ACAMS Today. He holds a Master of Accountancy from Kean University, a Master of Business Administration from St. John’s University, and a Bachelor of Arts with a focus on Political Science from the University at Albany, SUNY.