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Former Chief Risk Officer Americas at Barclays
Ken Abbott is the Chief Risk Officer for the Americas at Barclays, a major global financial services provider. Mr. Abbott was Chief Operating Officer (COO) for all Firm Risk at Morgan Stanley where he worked for over nine years. There, he covered Commodities, Rates, FX, Retail and Emerging Markets businesses, and was CRO for Morgan Stanley’s buy-side activity. He became the COO for Market Risk in January 2008 and assumed the role of Chief Operating Officer for all of Firm Risk in May 2011. Mr. Abbott spent 14 years at Bankers Trust in a number of trading, research and risk management roles. He also spent over 5 years at Bank of America in several senior Market Risk Management roles. Mr. Abbott currently sits on the Boards of the New Jersey Scholars Program, the Harvard Club of New Jersey, and CGU’s Financial Engineering Program, where he has recently been appointed as a Senior Fellow. Mr. Abbott has a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Harvard University; a Master of Arts in Economics and Master of Science in Statistics and Operations Research from New York University. Mr. Abbott is an avid musician, playing clarinet, saxophone, oboe, English horn, and tuba.