Richard Couch

Richard Couch

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Richard Couch is Chief Financial Officer of CIT Group, one of the nation's leading specialty and commercial finance companies. In his role as CFO of a $36B asset and $1.5B revenue commercial banking segment, Richard leads the strategic planning, budgeting and forecasting, management and external reporting, and financial strategy of the Commercial Banking divisions. He is a financial leader with exceptional success and global experience leading financial solutions for numerous institutions. Prior to joining CIT, he was CFO of Commercial Banking at Santander Bank, where he led financial management and strategic planning of $30B asset/ $800mm revenue Commercial Banking businesses. Richard has acquired both public and private sector leadership experience from organizations such as Citigroup, GE Capital, American Express, and the New York City Housing Authority.

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  • Richard was Executive VP and CFO of New York City Housing Authority, where he headed organization turnaround efforts and stabilized conditions for North America's largest public housing authority.

  • He instituted a new strategic planning and budget process for a $3.2B annual operating budget and $4.7B five-year capital plan.

  • He also led budgeting, strategy, accounting & reporting, risk management, performance management, and business development.

  • He directed a staff of approximately 300 professionals, and led energy sustainability, investment strategy and treasury activities.