Eric Bonnell

SVP Director Enterprise Risk Management in Abilene, TX

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I am an accomplished enterprise risk leader with vast experience in the banking and financial sectors. I have proven success by building new risk and compliance programs from the ground up as well as implementing supporting program operations. I am skilled at leading cross-functional teams to execute complex projects that bolster banking initiatives and build resiliency. I am a trusted advisor and team leader dedicated to organizational success and integrity. I have published several enterprise risk management thought leadership websites.

Throughout my career, I’ve built multiple second-line and first-line risk management programs from the ground up for regional, national, and international financial institutions. I excel in analyzing new situations and crisis management challenges, ideating sound cost-effective solutions, equipping organizations to maintain customers’ trust, minimizing risks, and improving operational efficiencies.

  • Work
    • First Financial Bank
  • Education
    • ABA Stonier School of Banking
    • Wharton Business School
    • Iona University
    • Manhattan College
As a 30+ year professional in the threat/crisis management realm, I wholeheartedly endorse Eric's knowledge of business continuity and incident response as superb. His ability to understand and address the impact on business process issues in this rapidly-evolving threat environment has been most impressive. He also possesses an incredible acumen for understanding the technical aspects of business process workflow. Most importantly, Eric Bonnell is and has been a faithful friend and mentor.
Steve Lambert, VP Crisis Management, Atlantic Union Bank
It is my pleasure to recommend Eric for any financial institution, firm, or agency’s senior or executive level role as he has repeatedly demonstrated the ability to develop, implement, and govern KRI/KPI reporting, find practical and simple solutions to complex problems without sacrificing quality or core functionality, and establish processes and framework to promote effective response to crisis events.
Deanna Boyd, VP, Head of Quality, PNC Bank
Eric has an understanding of how regulations can impact other areas in the organization. He is adept at building enterprise risk programs from scratch. I have enjoyed working with Eric on various projects that include co-authoring policies relating to information privacy and fraud detection as well as addressing privacy and identity theft events along with the Loss Prevention team. I anticipate working with Eric on many more projects in the future.
Brandi Reynolds, Managing Director, Bates Group
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