Natalie "Tali" Taft is an industry-recognized expert in Governance, Risk, Internal Audit, Fraud, and Compliance with more than 27 years of financial services industry experience. She is an experienced financial services executive leader, a negotiator with federal examiners, and is recognized as an IIA All-Star Conference speaker and keynote speaker and master of ceremonies. The foundation of Ms. Taft's career was built during her 18 years as an Internal Auditor. She maintains multiple certifications in her field, including Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), Certified Regulatory Compliance Manager (CRCM), and Certified Treasury Professional (CTP). Her personal mission has always been to add value and provide practical advice designed to strengthen the corporate internal control environment and prevent control breakdowns.
Prior to joining Bates, Ms. Taft served more than 5 years as a Senior Vice President at Santander Consumer USA, a subsidiary for one of the largest banking institutions in the world. Her tenure as a Risk executive included designing, building, and managing the Enterprise Risk Management department. She developed and implemented multiple programs based on COSO ERM, ISO 31000 Risk Management best practices, and FRB/OCC regulatory guidance for an entity-wide risk and control program.
Before joining Santander Consumer, Ms. Taft served as the Chief Compliance Officer for Think Finance where she was responsible for designing, implementing, and overseeing a robust financial services regulatory compliance function meeting CFPB expectations. Her role included regular presentations to Board and executive leadership. As the Chief Compliance Officer, she was the focal point of the organization’s compliance culture, and she routinely presented her compliance program to prospective clients, federal regulators and third-party partners.
Ms. Taft began her career in Fort Worth, Texas with GM Financial, becoming Vice President and Head of Operations Internal Audit. She also spent time as the Vice President of Internal Audit for Bank One, where she focused her efforts on treasury management, deposit operations, and regulatory compliance. In addition to her work as a Bates Group expert, Ms. Taft is the Executive Advisor and Head of Governance, Risk, Compliance and Internal Audit Advisory Services Practice for Acacia GRC Solutions and a consultant for Training and Development for GoldSRD, both in Dallas, Texas.
Acacia GRC Solutions, Dallas, TX, Executive Advisor, Head of Governance, Risk, Compliance & Internal Audit
Advisory Services Practice, July 2019 - Present
GoldSRD, Dallas, TX, Training & Development Consultant, July 2019 – Present
Santander Consumer USA (NYSE: SC), Dallas, TX
Boy Scouts of America, Hurst, TX, Chairman, Audit Committee, 2013 – 2017
Think Finance, Fort Worth, TX, Chief Compliance Officer, April 2012 – October 2013
GM Financial, Fort Worth, TX, VP and Head of Operations Internal Audit, August 2002 – March 2012
University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, TX, Bachelors of Business Administration (BBA) Accounting and Marketing
CPA (Certified Public Accountant)
CIA (Certified Internal Auditor)
CFE (Certified Fraud Examiner)
CRCM (Certified Regulatory Compliance Manager)
CTP (Certified Treasury Professional)
Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, Dallas, TX, Chapter President, 2012 – October 2016
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