Frankie Cronin Director - Business Risk Services Dublin, City Quay +353 (0)1 6805 805

Experience

Frankie has over ten years’ experience working in an advisory capacity within the financial services industry. He joined Grant Thornton in 2006 and worked with the Business Risk Services practice before relocating to New York in 2014 to join Grant Thornton US. Frankie spent over three years with the US firm’s Financial Service Advisory practice where he focussed on both Compliance Risk and Operational Risk for global banking, insurance and asset management institutions.

Whilst in New York Frankie also led Grant Thornton’s US Irish Business Group, a collaborative initiative between the U.S. and Irish member firms, whose primary purpose is to provide clients, who have operations in both the U.S. and Ireland, fully integrated services.

Sector experience

In his time in New York Frankie led a number of large scale, regulator (FRB/OCC/CFPB/NYDFS) driven remediation projects for some of the world’s largest banks. These projects all centred on key regulatory issues such as Consumer Protection (Unfair/Predatory Lending, Sales Incentives), Governance, Risk Management, and Third Party Risk Management.  

Frankie led a team of ten consultants in driving a U.S. Banking Rules Compliance Risk Assessment for a Top 10 global bank. He was key in developing the overall approach and methodology along with the execution of this eighteen month project which covered all areas of the bank and over eighty regulations across multiple U.S. regulators.

He was heavily involved in developing and leading the U.S. firm’s Third Party Risk Management service offering and is seen an SME in this space. He was engaged by a Top 5 global bank to drive, develop and implement the first centralised, cloud-based data hub (utility) to simplify and standardise third party risk management processes.  Acting as the lead for one of five “design” banks he was responsible for directing collaboration and communication with teams across multiple jurisdictions.

Frankie successfully identified and established partnering relationships with a number of early stage FinTech companies. Understanding common compliance issues across financial services, he introduced clients to new concepts, software and frameworks to address same and enhance existing manual, cost-inefficient processes.

In his previous role with the Irish firm Frankie worked on various risk advisory and consulting projects with banking and insurance clients. He acted as interim Head of Compliance with a MiFID regulated Broker-Dealer and also worked with the Registrar of Credit Unions in developing and implementation their Fitness and Probity regime. 

Qualifications
  • Associate of Chartered Accountants Ireland (CAI)
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Economics and Information Science from University College Dublin (UCD)
  • CISA (ISACA)
  • PMI (IPMI)