Royal Bank of Canada picks Wendy Phillis for regulatory role

Srinivasan Venkatakrishnan

The Royal Bank of Canada has appointed Wendy Phillis as the managing director of governance and regulatory solutions in Europe and Asia-Pacific for its investor and treasury services unit.

Wendy will take over from Colin Smith, ICAP’s current Group Chief Risk Officer, who has decided to retire from the industry, as previously announced. She will be based in London, and reporting to ICAP’s Group Chief Operating Officer Ken Pigaga.

Mrs. Phillis joins ICAP from State Street Global Markets where she was most recently COO for EMEA, and was previously Head of Risk Management over that region, as well as Head of Risk and Compliance for State Streets asset-servicing EMEA business, according to a description in the press release.

Mrs. Phillis had originally joined State Street in 1998, and departs after nearly 16 years from that company. Before that position, she worked at Price Waterhouse from 1997-1998 as a Consultant, and she had also worked at Fidelity Investments, and Investors Bank & Trust Company, all of which culminate to add up to her level of experience fitting for the new role.

In addition, some of the senior roles that Mrs. Phillis has been involved with included leading a team of more than 80 operations professionals providing middle- and back-office support to State Street’s trading businesses including foreign exchange, transition management, futures clearing and securities lending.

Her academic background includes a Masters’ of Business Administration Degree (MBA) obtained from Simmons College Graduate School of Management, and a Bachelor of Science Degree from Dickinson College where she Majored in Physics and Minored in Mathematics.