Troy S. Pugh

Executive Director, Financial Crime Intelligence, Sojourn Consulting

Mr. Pugh joined IBM in March of 2013 and was handpicked to stand up the IBM Red Cell Team; a group of highly skilled subject matter experts in the field of counter financial crimes. The primary purpose of the team is to become THE thought leader in financial and cyber crime intelligence by identifying current and emerging trends, development of thought provoking research papers, strategy development, creation of profiles to detect/prevent financial crimes, and provide input into the creation of application/software to maximize the use of indigenous and external intelligence. In addition, he acts as a consultant for clients and organizations around the globe providing critical insight into their current operations and offering advice and solutions as to how they can improve their counter financial crimes operations and gain efficiency. 

Prior to joining IBM, Mr. Pugh was Senior Vice President and Managing Director of the Bank of America Global Financial Crimes & Compliance, Intelligence & Analytics team.  In this role, he was responsible for the management and oversight of all global financial crimes intelligence and business support for financial crimes investigations. Mr. Pugh architected an industry-leading organization comprised of both Tactical Intelligence and a Strategic Intelligence Teams.  His Tactical team supported an enterprise-wide group of Fraud and AML investigators with nearly 200,000 cases annually in 60 countries.  His tactical team was responsible for identifying an additional 20K-30K exposed customer relationships, previously undetected, leading to the proactive closure of over 100,000 accounts annually, identified 30-50 fraud rings per year and uncovered multiple terrorist cells and money laundering organizations.  The Strategic Intelligence Team developed a number of intelligence products that identified current/emerging financial crime trends, produced numerous white papers, and built financial crime models to improve the detection/prevention process.   Finally, Mr. Pugh was Bank of America's primary fraud intelligence contact with law enforcement, prosecutors, industry peers, financial organizations, federal regulators and international agencies. 

In addition to his current responsibilities at IBM, Mr. Pugh is also an active member of the United States Navy Reserve where he currently serves as an Action Officer in the J4 Division of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.  Over his fifteen-year career in the military he has held numerous leadership positions, served two tours in support of Iraqi Freedom & Enduring Freedom.  

Mr. Pugh received an undergraduate degree in Finance with a minor in Speech from Bob Jones University in 1994; and in 2006, earned a Master of Business Administration degree with honors from Pfeiffer University.  He has also earned a post graduate certificate in Logistics from the United States Navy and a post graduate certificate in Leadership & Strategy from the United States Air Force.  In January 2012, he received confirmation as Certified Criminal Intelligence Analyst (CCIA) from Sacramento State University and is Six Sigma and DFSS Green Belt Certified.  He is currently pursuing a second graduate degree in Strategic Intelligence.  Mr. Pugh also holds a TS/SCI clearance with the DoD and a Secret clearance with the DOJ.