Chris B. Kennedy

SVP, Deputy Head of Model Risk Management, Regions
Chris B. Kennedy
Chris is transforming model risk management using Model DevOps and automation at Regions. As Deputy Head of Model Risk Management and Validation at Regions Bank, Chris is responsible for risk management and assurance over all data science and modeling at Regions.

Chris has 8 years of experience in the financial services industry that covers all three lines of defense with a variety of analytical and leadership roles in automation, capital planning, credit risk management and reporting, corporate finance, internal audit, model development, and model risk management. Prior to joining Regions in 2018, Chris has served in roles at banks such as BankUnited and BB&T.

Chris is also coordinating faculty for analytics and modeling at the University of North Carolina, Kenan-Flagler Business school for both the MBA and the Master of Accounting (MAC) programs. Relatedly, Chris also advises on innovative startups using technology and data science.

Chris is a strong believer and advocate for internal talent development. He has developed analysts, managers, and leaders to prepare them in their career for new challenges, whether new technical skills in data science, emerging industry risks and trends, or new roles outside of model risk management.
Chris received his PhD in Nuclear Engineering from North Carolina State University and an MBA from the University of North Carolina, Kenan-Flagler Business School.