Gartner Expert

David Martens

Sr Director Analyst

David Martens brings thirty years of risk management and

assurance experience as a bank executive and regulator. He has had executive level roles in a large bank in each of the three lines of defense including Chief Risk Officer, Chief Credit Officer, and Chief Audit Executive while also spending time as the Chief Accountant for examination, supervision and enforcement of a banking regulatory agency in Washington D.C. He has also worked in the financial services group for a big four accounting firm as a

Senior Manager in New York City.

David has broad subject matter expertise in the risk disciplines across the three lines of defense; designing and implementing many of the governance, risk management, compliance and oversight functions in the financial services industry that continue to evolve in response to today's challenging environment. He will advise and conduct research in a broad range of topics including; enterprise risk management, risk governance, risk assessments and assurance, financial risks, operations risk, compliance and regulatory risks, risk functions such as model risk and vendor risk, risk appetite statements, board risk policies and risk reporting, and other risk management topics.

David is a CPA and has held certifications as a Certified Financial Planner and Certified Financial Services Auditor. He was also a Registered Examiner when working as a banking regulator.

Previous experience

Served on Executive Committee as Chief Risk Officer. Responsible for establishing risk governance structure, risk management programs, and for measuring, monitoring and reporting on all key risk disciplines.

Professional background

Vantage West Credit Union

Risk Officer

Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco

Chief Risk Officer

Office of Thrift Supervision

Chief Accountant and Policy

Areas of coverage

Enterprise Risk Management Program Management

Compliance Program Management

Enterprise Risk Management Process


Accounting Degree; Miami University, Cum Laude

Masters in Finance (focus on corporate finance and financial engineering); George Washington University; 48 semester hours with 4.0

Wharton - Advanced Risk Management

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Top Issues That I Help Clients Address

1ERM Policy, Frameworks and Risk Governance; Three Lines of Defense; Risk Committees

2Operations and Operational Risk Management and Resilience; Financial Risk Management

3Compliance and Regulatory and Stakeholder Risk Management; ERM Fisk Functions

4ERM Process and Program Management; Risk Assessment, Mitigation, Monitoring, Reporting

5Strategic Risk and Risk Appetites; Organizational Resilience