Samantha J. Leventhal is the Global Wealth and Investment Management Risk Executive serving as the Chief Risk Officer for US Wealth Management and Merrill EDGE. In this role, Samantha is responsible for looking across the seven risk types that define our risk management program and evaluate the impact of those risks on our retail broker-dealer activities. Prior to this role, Samantha was the Global Wealth and Investment Management Compliance Executive responsible for compliance oversight of the Investment Solutions Group and the Retirement and Personal Wealth Solutions Group.
Samantha joined Merrill Lynch & Co. Inc. in May 2002 as a member of the Office of General Counsel in the Global Monetary and Financial Control Group. This group was responsible for developing and implementing the company’s anti-money laundering program. In 2008, as part of the transition work between Bank of America and Merrill Lynch, Samantha assumed responsibility for the Enterprise Client Coverage Team which was responsible for building a client referral program between the newly combined Bank and broker-dealer. In 2012, Samantha joined GWIM Compliance and served as the GWIM Compliance Chief Operating Officer coordinating strategic business initiatives across the GWIM businesses. In 2017, Samantha assumed her current role.
Prior to joining Merrill Lynch, Samantha was a white-collar criminal defense attorney representing corporations and individuals in critical business investigations.
Samantha graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and subsequently attended the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law where she was the editor-in-chief of the Moot Court Honor Society and a member of the Order of the Barristers.