Richard Rodriguez, Governor
Richard N. Rodriguez joined City National Bank, a Royal Bank of Canada Company, as a Senior Vice President in August 2019. He is a Credit Risk Manager in the International Banking & Trade Finance Department and responsible for credit risk-managing City National Bank’s international trade finance activities, its country risk, financial institutions credit risk and the bank’s derivatives credit exposure. He is also tasked with integrating City National Bank’s international and financial institutions activities with and into Royal Bank of Canada’s risk management platform.
Mr. Rodriguez was with Morgan Stanley Wealth Management as an Executive Director from 2016 – 2019 where he developed the International Wealth Management (IWM) Country Credit Risk Framework, evaluating numerous jurisdictions and legal opinions, proposing appropriate limits and conducting empirical analysis of historical market performance across asset classes to supplement expert judgment in country risk stress testing and exposure measurement. As a Senior Credit Risk Officer, Mr. Rodriguez also supported the IWM securities based lending and traded products businesses for Morgan Stanley Private Bank, National Association and Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, LLC. across Latin America, as well as Europe and Asia Pacific.
Mr. Rodriguez was with CLS Bank International from 2011- 2014. As Senior Risk Manager/Executive Director and global head of country and credit risk, he was responsible for evaluating and monitoring the bank's country risk and counterparty credit risk exposures generated by global exchanges & clearinghouses, CLS's members and the broader CLS eco-system. He was actively involved in expanding the number of currencies settled by CLS, shaping the bank's credit risk policy and procedures and managing the risk related issues in CLS's strategic initiatives. Prior to joining CLS, Mr. Rodriguez was a Senior Vice President of The Royal Bank of Scotland Group for 6 years where was manager of the Bank's Latin American Sovereign and Financial Institutions Credit Team. He is a multilingual Senior Credit Risk Specialist with over thirty years’ experience in international risk and portfolio management, structuring capital markets transactions, corporate finance and addressing regulatory issues at firms including RBS, ABN AMRO, BNP Paribas, UBS and JP Morgan Chase. Early in his career Mr. Rodriguez served as a financial analyst at several prominent M&A consulting firms.
Mr. Rodriguez has a BA in Finance from Pace University and two Masters Degrees, one from Colombia University's Business School and the second from New York University's Stern School of Business. He is also a frequently lecturer in risk industry events, speaks five languages and is a native New Yorker.