William J. Fox is the Global Financial Crimes Compliance Executive for Bank of America, one of the largest financial institutions in the world. He is responsible for the company’s Financial Crimes, Corruption and Economic Sanctions efforts.
Prior to joining Bank of America, Fox served as the Director of the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN). Appointed by Treasury Secretary John Snow in 2003, Fox was FinCEN’s fourth director and led the administration of the Bank Secrecy Act, which authorizes the collection, analysis and dissemination of financial information important to the prevention of money laundering and terrorist financing.
Before his appointment as FinCEN Director, Fox served in the Department of the Treasury from 2000 to 2003 as Associate Deputy General Counsel and Acting Deputy General Counsel. After September 11, 2001, he served as the principal assistant and senior advisor to Treasury’s General Counsel on issues related to terrorist financing and financial crime – and received a Meritorious Rank Award for work on these issues.
Prior to his service at Treasury, Fox served for twelve years at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) in various positions, including Deputy Chief Counsel. During his tenure at ATF, Fox provided legal support to several large scale criminal investigations; helped oversee ATF’s regulatory program; served as a legal point person for ATF’s alcohol and tobacco diversion program; worked on several important legislative initiatives; and served as principal legal support for the United States Trade Representative’s Office for wine trade negotiations with the EU and other wine producing countries.
Fox received a bachelor’s degree in history and a law degree from Creighton University in Omaha. In March2005, U.S. Banker magazine named him one of the 25 most influential people in high finance.