Valerie Abend, former senior critical infrastructure officer at the Treasury Department, has joined Accenture‘s security business as managing director of financial services in North America.
The company said Thursday Abend brings more than 20 years of public and private sector experience in the areas of cybersecurity and critical infrastructure to her new position.
“[Abend’s] vision in sector-wide cyber risk management issues will add tremendous value in helping our clients manage security at the intersection of regulation, technology, operations and innovation such as Blockchain and Fintech,” said Kelly Bissell, managing director of Accenture’s security practice.
Abend advised U.S. banking regulatory principals on cybersecurity in her previous work at the Treasury Department’s office of the comptroller of the currency.
Prior to OCC, she held a managing director role at the Bank of New York Mellon, where she oversaw global business partnerships for information risk management and external relationships with government, trade associations and industry groups.
She also worked as deputy assistant secretary and director at the Treasury Department as well as associate director for public policy and homeland security coordinator at KPMG.