Ann Marie Wright is the U.S. Chief Risk Officer for BMO Financial Corporation. In this role, she is responsible for ensuring that the organization is effectively identifying and managing the risks in the business and legal entities through which it operates in the U.S. She provides independent review and oversight of risk issues for leadership and fosters a strong risk culture across the U.S.
Most recently, Ann Marie was U.S. Chief Auditor and previously served as Chief Operating Officer for the BMO’s North American Commercial Bank. She began her career at BMO over 15 years ago and has held numerous progressive roles including: Senior Audit Manager in the Corporate Audit Division; Managing Director - Business Manager, U.S. Investment Banking; Managing Director - Business Intelligence; and Managing and Director/Head - Capital Markets Compliance and Supervision. Prior to joining BMO, Ann Marie held credit and portfolio management roles at Bank of America and GE Capital.
Ann Marie holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a Master's in Management in Finance and Management Strategy from Northwestern University. She also holds the Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) designation.
Ann Marie has also received the following awards: Top 100 Women of Influence (Diversity MBA Magazine, September 2020), 2019 Most Influential Women in Corporate America (Savoy, Summer 2019), Chicago United Business Leader of Color (November 2017), Most Influential Women in Commercial Banking (Crain’s Chicago Business, November 2017), and Top 100 Executives under 50 Award (Diversity Magazine, July 2016).
She is the Board Chair for The Chicago Foundation for Women, Board Trustee and Member of the Executive Committee for Children Home & Aid Society of Illinois, and Board Member for the Civic Consulting Alliance. In addition, Ann Marie is an active member of several organizations including Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and The Links, Incorporated. She also serves as Co-Chair of BMO’s Leadership Council for Inclusion, Equity, and Diversity.
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