Richard Johns is the Executive Director for the Structured Finance Industry Group, a member-based trade industry advocacy group focused on improving and strengthening the broader structured finance and securitization market.
A longtime leader in the securitization industry, Mr. Johns, has testified on multiple occasions in front of Congress on matters pertaining to Securitization and its benefits to the Real Economy. In addition to his responsibilities across industry policy making and advocacy, Mr Johns has actively championed the cause of women, with the creation of “Women in Securitization”, an industry initiative targeted at enabling women’s development and promoting career progression. He is a supporter of multiple charities, having conceptualized and initiated the “SFIG Foundation”, a charitable foundation focused on the development of underprivileged high-school/college age children/young-adults; supported the struggle against Pancreatic Cancer by sponsoring an SFIG team in the annual DC “Wage Hope” event, and he serves on the executive committee of the Board of the Cameron Kravitt foundation, a foundation focused on supporting the needs of young pediatricians in how to respond to the death of an infant.
Prior to the creation of SFIG, Mr Johns spent many years at the forefront of the industry as an issuer, with more than 17 years of direct industry experience. He previously served as Head of Global Funding and Liquidity at Ally Financial Inc. Earlier in his career Mr. Johns also had roles as Head of Global Capital Markets at Capital One Financial Corp and as a transaction lead at MBNA (now Bank of America). Throughout his career, Mr. Johns has issued securitized products across a variety of platforms, including; credit cards, auto (retail, lease and floor-plan), RMBS, Agency, small business, and unsecured installment loan products. He has experience across both US domestic and international issuance, including Canada, Latin America, Europe and China and he is a recipient of the “Outstanding Contributions to the Industry Award” from the Chinese Securitization Forum.
Mr. Johns is also a qualified Chartered Accountant within the U.K., having completed his training with Deloitte.
He is a graduate of the University of Manchester, UK with a bachelor’s degree in Economics.