Kim Olson

Kim Olson is Chief Risk Officer for SVB. She is responsible for developing and overseeing SVB’s strategy and framework for global risk management and compliance, including regulatory transformation and relations with financial regulators. Kim is also a member of the company’s executive committee.  

Kim leads SVB’s Risk Management division which is charged with providing independent review and effective challenge of and guidance for managing all risk types (including credit, market, liquidity, model, operational, compliance, and enterprise), and ensuring compliance with standards and regulatory expectations. The team is focused on fostering a strong culture of risk awareness across the company to enable sound and sustainable growth while serving the needs of SVB clients and partners. 

Kim brings to her role deep risk management, risk transformation, and prudential regulation and bank supervision expertise from 30 years in the financial services industry. Before joining SVB in late 2022, Kim served as Chief Risk Officer for SMBC in the Americas, and an Executive Officer of SMBC and Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group. Prior to that, she had senior roles leading critical risk management functions, professional services engagements, and regulatory / risk policy at AIG, Deloitte, Deutsche Bank, and Fitch Ratings. She began her career at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, where over a ten-year period she held a variety of increasingly senior positions in banking supervision, including a two-year secondment to the Basel Secretariat on Banking Supervision at the Bank for International Settlements to develop international capital rules.

Kim holds a master’s degree in public administration from Harvard University and a bachelor’s degree in political science, magna cum laude, from Santa Clara University; there, she was also awarded Phi Beta Kappa and the national Harry S. Truman Scholarship.

Kim is based in New York. When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with her husband and three daughters, attending performing arts events of all kinds, and volunteering to promote nature conservancy.


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