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BOK Financial Corporation (NASDAQ: BOKF) today announced that Becky Keesling has been named chief auditor of the corporation. In her new role, Keesling will be responsible for assessing the effectiveness of internal controls and procedures and managing the company’s audit department. She will report directly to the chair of the audit committee of the board of directors, and will also serve as a member of the company’s executive leadership team.
Becky Keesling, chief auditor, BOK Financial (Photo: Business Wire)
Keesling joined BOK Financial in 2004 as vice president and corporate audit manager, and was instrumental in implementing Sarbanes-Oxley controls across the corporation. She also managed the corporate audit team and was the primary interface with the company’s independent auditors. Later, she was promoted to senior vice president and manager of loan portfolio reporting, where she managed a team responsible for financial reporting, as it pertained to the loan portfolio and allowance for credit losses.
Prior to joining BOK Financial, Keesling spent 10 years in the public accounting industry primarily with Ernst & Young, LLP where she rose to the position of audit senior manager and served on the BOK Financial account.
E. Carey Joullian IV, member of the BOK Financial board of directors and chairman of the audit committee, said, “Throughout her career at BOK Financial, Becky Keesling has proven herself to be a knowledgeable and trusted professional. Her background in both auditing and credit administration provides a unique perspective of two critical areas within the bank’s operations. We believe she will be a great resource for the audit committee.”
Steve Bradshaw, senior executive vice president and CEO-elect, added, “Exceeding regulatory expectations, while continuing to expand our business, is our top priority. Having Becky on the executive team will bring valuable insight from the audit perspective to our strategic planning for the corporation. Audit is an extremely vital function within our organization and I could not be more confident in Becky’s ability to lead the audit team.”