Wren York

Wren York

Strategic Advisor

Areas of Expertise: Anti-Money Laundering, Compliance, Customer Onboarding, Data and Analytics, Data Management, Data Protection and Privacy, Governance, Metrics, and Reporting, Know Your Customer (KYC), Machine Learning and AI, Regulations, Risk Management, Stress Testing, Vendor Management

Wren York is a compliance and risk management financial services professional and a Strategic Advisor at Aite-Novarica Group. He has nearly 25 years of experience within a variety of financial institutions, including commercial, community, investment, and private banking, as well as with a United States government corporation operating as an independent agency created by the Banking Act of 1933.

Wren maintains a special focus on safety and soundness, consumer protection, and technical business analysis. His forte relates to a solid understanding of how regulatory requirements intersect, transactional monitoring, customer and enhanced due diligence, and applying technology for the purpose of augmenting human decision-making. His work includes data analytics and root cause analyses resulting in the identification of suspicious activity, accuracy in risk assessment, and gaps associated with compliance management systems. He is well-versed on risk and compliance management requirements and best practices, and he has performed deep-dive assessments of financial institutions’ policies and procedures, directly resulting in governance and risk control process improvements and efficiencies.

Wren is a former federal financial institution examiner and earned a Bachelor of Science at Northwestern University, an Award in General Business Studies with a Concentration in Investments at UCLA, and a Six Sigma Green Belt from Villanova University. He is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist, is a Certified Risk and Compliance Management Professional, holds a Certificate in Enterprise Risk Management Frameworks from the American Bankers Association (ABA), and is a member of The Institute of Internal Auditors.

Wren provides volunteer professional services to both the BSA Coalition and the Financial Services Volunteer Corps, not-for-profit organizations serving the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) and anti-money laundering community and financial sectors in developing countries, respectively. In addition, he provides volunteer professional services to Junior Achievement of Central Carolinas, a nonprofit organization preparing young people to succeed in a global economy.


Tuesday, June 28, 2022 | 11:00 a.m. ET
As financial institutions recover from the pandemic, they continue to face a significant uptick in financial crime. With ever-evolving threats, regulatory burdens and operational inefficiencies, modernizing AML programs is critical – especially when it comes to building a more complete and...

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