01/02/2018 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 01/02/2018 14:40
For immediate release: January 2, 2018
Blake Lyons has been promoted to senior vice president in the Retail Payments Office (RPO), announced Raphael Bostic, president and chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. Bostic also announced other promotions and new appointments in the RPO and research division. Rebecca Gunn has been promoted to vice president and regional executive in research, Deborah Young has been promoted to assistant vice president in the RPO, and Reginald Chever will join the RPO as assistant vice president.
Lyons assumes responsibility for RPO enterprise services, where he will lead strategic planning, enterprise portfolio management, requirements management, intellectual property, enterprise communications and governance management, risk management, information security, and resiliency/business continuity office coordination and central workforce administration. He has served as vice president of human resources (HR) since 2013. Prior to this role, he was assistant vice president responsible for oversight of the District's facility planning, design, and construction activities; the Bank's environmental program; the District facilities function office; the records and information management department; and event management.
Lyons began his Atlanta Fed career in 2000 as a financial services analyst. He was promoted to senior analyst and then supervisor before transferring to cash services as a manager. He became a director in 2006. In 2008, Lyons joined the HR department as a business liaison supporting the financial services, corporate services, legal, and audit divisions.
Lyons earned a bachelor's degree in economics and finance from Mercer University.
Gunn will be responsible for strategic support for the Regional Economic Information Network throughout Georgia, working with other regional executives to provide targeted economic intelligence, as well as support for public outreach, economic education, and corporate citizenship. She served as assistant vice president and corporate secretary and assistant to the president and first vice president since August 2013. Prior to this role, Gunn was a human resources business liaison and provided HR strategic support and guidance to business areas throughout the Bank. She joined the Atlanta Fed in 1996 as an analyst in the planning and control department and was promoted to supervisor shortly afterward and then to senior auditor. In 2005, she transferred to the RPO, where she held positions of increasing responsibility, including financial product coordinator and portfolio manager.
Young assumes responsibility for RPO customer service, which includes the call center and customer implementations. She joined the Atlanta Fed in 1976 in the financial services division and held various management positions in cash and financial services before being promoted to financial services director in 2008. In 2006, Young led the establishment of the Check 21 customer call center, which today handles calls for checks and automated clearinghouse customer inquiries.
Young holds a bachelor's degree in organizational leadership from Mercer University.
Chever will be responsible for RPO payment processing. He joined the Jacksonville Branch as a currency processor in 1997 and transferred to the Atlanta office in 2004. He has served in various leadership roles in cash services, HR, corporate communications and planning, and law enforcement. Chever has been with the business continuity department since 2007 and was promoted to director in 2012 and assistant vice president in 2016. Currently, Chever is the vice chair of the District Business Continuity Steering Committee and serves on the District's Core Crisis Management Team. He is the secretary of the Federal Reserve System's Subcommittee on Business Continuity.
Chever earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from American Intercontinental University and is completing a master's degree in business administration from Georgia State University. He has obtained professional designation as a Certified Business Continuity Professional.
The Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta serves the Sixth Federal Reserve District, which encompasses Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and sections of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee. As part of the nation's central banking system, the Atlanta Fed participates in setting national monetary policy, supervises numerous commercial banks, and provides a variety of financial services to depository institutions and the U.S. government.