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News Release 2020-57 | April 16, 2020

Blake Paulson Named OCC's Next Chief National Bank Examiner

WASHINGTON—Comptroller of the Currency Joseph M. Otting announced that Blake Paulson would become the agency's Chief National Bank Examiner at the end of the month.

Mr. Paulson will add the title to his current role as Senior Deputy Comptroller for Midsize and Community Bank Supervision. In this role, Mr. Paulson oversees the supervision of more than 1,000 banks and savings associations that support consumers, communities, and businesses across the country.

The Chief National Bank Examiner title embodies the agency's focus on its core mission of ensuring the federal banking system operates in a safe and sound manner, treats customers fairly, and complies with laws and regulations.

"Blake is the perfect choice to hold this title," said Comptroller Otting. "Since joining the Executive Committee, Blake has been a valuable champion for the men and women of this agency and for the effective and efficient supervision of the banks and thrifts that make up the federal banking system."

Since joining the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency in 1986, Mr. Paulson has been involved in supervision of banks of all sizes. He has served as the Deputy Comptroller for the agency's Central District, as that district's Associate Deputy Comptroller, and as an Assistant Deputy Comptroller for Midsize Bank Supervision. He assumed his current duties as Senior Deputy Comptroller for Midsize and Community Bank Supervision in December 2019.

The Chief National Bank Examiner title is currently held by Morris Morgan who will retire at the end of the month after 35 years of service to the nation in bank supervision.

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