CLS Secures Thomas Berkery as Independent Director

Berkery was elected to the board on October 16, 2018.

CLS Group, a US-based financial institution, providing settlement services across the foreign exchange (FX) market, has added a new member to its Board of Directors with Thomas Berkery being elected as a new independent (outside) director.

According to the statement, Berkery was elected to the board on October 16, 2018. In addition to being a member of the firm’s board, he will also sit on the company’s Audit and Finance Committee.

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During his career, Berkery has gained nearly four decades worth of experience in finance and operations. In this time he has managed to accrue a lot of experience in positions on the Audit Committees and Board of Directors of Fortune 50 multinationals on acquisitions and divestitures, regulatory matters, technology and more.

Photo of Thomas Berkery who has been appointed to the Board of Directors of CLS Group
Thomas Berkery
Source: LinkedIn

Most recently, he was working at PricewaterhouseCoopers, a multinational professional services network, before he retired. While at the firm, Berkery was a Senior Partner and the Global Engagement Leader and Audit Signing Partner. In this role, he was responsible for providing financial advice as well as managing PwC’s relationship with large clients.

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Before this, Berkery was in charge of managing PwC’s Assurance and Business Advisory in the New York Metropolitan region. In this role, he ensured audit quality, determined partner deployment and achieved financial goals.

Ken Harvey, Chairman of the Board and Interim Chief Executive Officer of CLS Group
Ken Harvey
Source: CLS

Commenting on the appointment, Ken Harvey, Interim CEO at CLS, said: “We are delighted to welcome Tom to the Board. His wealth of experience in audit and regulatory matters is highly complementary to CLS’s position as a trusted financial market infrastructure and the role it plays in mitigating risk in the financial system.”

Thomas Berkery to help CLS navigate the changing FX market

Prior to working at PwC, Berkery was also the Chief Operating Officer for Global Markets and Investment Banking at Bank of America. Here, he was responsible for strategic and financial planning for the firm. In addition, he also was in charge of equity and debt research, operations and financial control and more.

Rick Sears and Bryan Osmar, Co-Deputy Chairmen added: “with decades of experience working with large, complex, global organizations across the financial industry, Tom brings invaluable expertise to the Board. We look forward to his contributions to the direction and oversight of CLS as it continues to help clients navigate the changing FX market.”

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