White House Expected to Announce Replacement for FDIC Chairman Gruenberg this Week

Martin Gruenberg, the FDIC Chairman, announced that he was resigning from the agency last month. The news was not unexpected, as egregious reports of sexual harassment and a toxic work environment have challenged the FDIC under his leadership for some time now. The final straw was a damning report requested by the board of directors that stated that sexual harassment was reported by 8% of employees surveyed – a percentage that was described as “underreported due to fear of retaliation.” Gruenberg had a reputation for having a bad temper. When the Chairman of the  Senate Banking Committee, Sherrod Brown, voiced his opinion that Gruenberg should exit, that was it.

According to a report in WSJ.com, the Biden administration is preparing to name Christy Goldsmith Romero to take over the FDIC following the lack of leadership exemplified by Gruenberg.

The article states:

“White House officials have also discussed two other women for the job, but Goldsmith Romero has emerged as the front-runner, according to people familiar with the matter. A formal announcement could come this week, though President Biden hasn’t made a final decision, the people said.”

Goldsmith Romero is currently a CFTC Commissioner, beginning her tenure in March 2022.

Prior to becoming a CFTC Commissioner, she served as the Special Inspector General for TARP, a watchdog for the program that sought to buttress certain businesses when the financial crisis engendered an asset spiral and the federal government became a shareholder in multiple firms. She also served at the SEC as Executive Staff for former Chairwoman Mary Schapiro and Chairman Christopher Cox.


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