Thephil Russelliah Roby has over 12 years’ of experience with financial institutions in the creation and development of their anti-money laundering and sanctions programs, both in the U.S. and abroad. Currently, Roby serves as director for Enterprise AML Governance and Risk at Discover Financial Services in Riverwoods, Illinois. In this capacity, Roby designed and launched the enterprise AML function in order to provide enhanced governance and oversight through the development of consistent standards and practices throughout the organization. Under her leadership, enterprise AML has established, among other things, a holistic enterprise-wide risk program (for risk assessments, country risk, monitoring for new risks/threats, etc.), a policy/procedure framework, a comprehensive training program and an ongoing monitoring and testing program for key controls. In addition, Roby created and launched Discover’s Enterprise Sanctions and List Screening function, allowing for improved governance, consolidated investigations and enhanced technology capabilities for enterprise-wide acquisition, portfolio and transactional screening.
Prior to joining Discover, Roby held several leadership positions at BMO Financial Group, including serving as director and head of AML—Europe in London, U.K. In this role, she successfully led the design and execution of a comprehensive AML and sanctions program for the scope of the European business and oversaw integration activities of a key acquisition.
Furthermore, Roby has a master’s in leadership and change management from DePaul University in Chicago, with distinction, and received her CAMS certification in 2007.