Robert Werner is the CEO and founder of GRH Consulting. Mr. Werner has been at the forefront of regulatory change and response throughout his career, which has spanned, state, federal, and global levels.
Most recently, Mr. Werner led the Financial Crime Compliance function of a leading international bank, under the oversight of a Monitor installed as part of the bank’s deferred prosecution agreement. In this role, Mr. Werner was the principal architect and responsible executive for the global operation and assurance of all financial crime policies and procedures, including anti-money laundering, terrorist and proliferation finance, sanctions, anti-bribery and corruption, client selection and reputational risk programs. He previously held leadership positions in Financial Crime Compliance and Legal and Audit at two other U.S. financial institutions.
Mr. Werner has served at the highest levels of the United States Department of the Treasury. As Director of the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, he was responsible for leading the agency responsible for administering the Bank Secrecy Act, and serving as the United States’ financial intelligence unit internationally. Mr. Werner also served as Director of the Office of Foreign Assets Control, where he was responsible for administering and enforcing United States economic and trade sanctions based on U.S. foreign policy and national security goals. He also was Senior Counsel to the Under Secretary of the Treasury, Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, and served as Assistant General Counsel for Enforcement and Intelligence in the Treasury’s Office of the General Counsel.
Mr. Werner is also an accomplished attorney. Before his leadership roles in Treasury, he was an Attorney-Advisor in the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel, where he was responsible for drafting legal opinions, reviewing legislation, regulations and executive orders and providing legal advice, on both constitutional and statutory issues, to client agencies, and advising the Attorney General and White House counsel. Mr. Werner also served as a federal prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Connecticut. He has worked as a partner in a private law firm, and clerked for United States Supreme Court Justices Anthony M. Kennedy and Lewis F. Powell, Jr.
At the state level, Mr. Werner worked for three years in the Office of the Attorney General, State of Connecticut, managing complex and sensitive litigation, supervising the office’s whistleblower unit, reviewing and approving appeals and settlements, and drafting and issuing formal legal opinions, as well as supervising an office of over 200 attorneys. He also held positions in the administration of the former Governor of the State of Connecticut, Lowell P. Weicker, Jr., including serving as the Executive Director, Division of Special Revenue, and as Special Counsel to the Governor.