A seasoned anti-money laundering and compliance professional, Mr. Melican joins EXIGER from Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ. Most recently, he was Head of Bank Secrecy Act/Anti-Money Laundering, Sanctions and Anti-Corruption Compliance for the Americas. In this role, he was responsible for overseeing the firm’s anti-corruption and international sanction initiatives.
Prior to this, Mr. Melican was Vice President, Compliance & Ethics, at American Express Travel where he was the Chief Compliance Officer responsible for both the prepaid and foreign exchange service divisions. Before American Express, he was a Managing Director and Principal for Bear, Stearns & Co, where he led a team that advised the firm on AML and sanctions, due diligence, and foreign bank certifications. Mr. Melican also spent time in the New York Stock Exchange’s Division of Enforcement as Trial Counsel - Senior Special Counsel. He began his career as an Assistant District Attorney for the New York County District Attorney's Office in the Investigations Division, Frauds Bureau.
“John is a veteran AML and compliance professional with deep insights into the inner-workings of some of the largest financial institutions in the world, complemented by strong public sector investigative experience,” said Michael Beber, CEO of EXIGER. “His extensive experience on both the compliance and enforcement sides of the equation enables him to bring a knowledgeable, encompassing point of view to the role. This perspective is vital as EXIGER grows.”
“I’m thrilled to join the EXIGER team as they build out the industry’s most impressive line-up of financial crime risk offerings and a truly world class group of professionals,” said Mr. Melican.
Mr. Melican earned his Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, in history from Colgate University, and his Juris Doctorate, cum laude, from Albany Law School of Union University. He will be based out of EXIGER’s New York office.
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EXIGER is a global regulatory and financial crime, risk and compliance firm. EXIGER arms financial institutions and multinational corporations with the practical advice and solutions they need to prevent compliance breaches, respond to risk, remediate major issues and monitor ongoing business activities. EXIGER was initially launched to lead the court-appointed monitorship of HSBC – the largest, most comprehensive monitorship to date. EXIGER works with regulators in the US, UK and around the world to evaluate the effectiveness of HSBC’s money-laundering and sanctions compliance controls across its 6,300 offices in 75 countries around the world. In addition to its monitorship work, EXIGER works with clients worldwide to assist them in effectively managing their critical compliance challenges while developing and implementing the policies, procedures and programs needed to identify and avoid them in the future. EXIGER has offices in New York City, London and Hong Kong. For more information, please visit: www.exiger.com