Managing ambiguity

Changes in the role of the chief risk officer in the UK’s financial services sector

Authored by: Anette Mikes , Maria Zhivitskaya

The Routledge Companion to Performance Management and Control

Print publication date:  August  2017
Online publication date:  August  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138913547
eBook ISBN: 9781315691374
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In the wake of the 2007–2009 financial crisis, continuing corporate debacles, and ongoing corporate governance calls for the appointment of chief risk officers (CROs) and risk management committees, it is important to understand what role risk officers do or may play. The signals are mixed. The compliance imperative requires banks and insurers to implement a firm-wide risk management framework complete with analytical models for measuring and controlling quantifiable risks, while corporate-governance guidelines advocate a ‘business partner’ role. How are senior risk officers to strike a balance?

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