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Executive Vice President Head of Public Policy|
- The Executive Vice President, Public Affairs, HSBC North America/HSBC USA will be responsible for leading and managing HSBC North America’s public policy and government relations at the federal level, as well in the states where HSBC has operations or a significant employee presence. He/She will be charged with helping ensure that the company’s policy and government relations activities are focused on protecting and advancing HSBC’s business interests and reputation. The EVP will strategically position HSBC North America in the dialogue regarding relevant business and financial services issues in the public policy arena. The EVP will be a partner with, and counsel to, the company’s senior executives and business teams, ensuring that these leaders understand the evolving government and public policy landscape, and potential impacts of government policies, laws and regulations. As HSBC is one of the largest international financial institutions, the EVP will also be charged with helping ensure that the company’s global interests and reputation are advanced with US policy makers, coordinating with HSBC Group in addressing matters of international importance, and ensuring strategic and tactical consistency in U.S. and global activities.
- The EVP will have responsibility for cultivating and maintaining effective relationships on behalf of the company with key policy makers and opinion leaders. He/She will also ensure that HSBC is effectively and strategically involved in critical trade associations and with relevant industry groups and coalitions. As head of the Washington office and the leader of the company’s US public affairs team, the EVP will effectively manage and lead a team of 9 individuals to advance the goals of the company with respect to complicated public policy issues in legislative and regulatory arenas. The new EVP will be expected to ensure that HSBC is appropriately involved in the public policy debates affecting its interests and businesses. As such, he/she will be an advocate and spokesperson for the company and the industry and will be expected to represent HSBC with knowledge, persuasion, distinction and enthusiasm.
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Qualifications & Requirements
- This individual will have significant experience in public policy development, government affairs and political management at the U.S. federal level. He/She must be a highly effective strategic thinker and tactical implementer with a history of delivering results in the area of government affairs and public policy. In light of significant changes in the financial services regulatory environment, the individual should be substantive and adept in the executive branch, legislative and regulatory environments. For similar reasons, it is highly desirable for the EVP to have previous knowledge of/experience in financial services.
- Partnering and coordinating closely with the company’s senior executives, business leaders, and legal and communications teams, the EVP will assess public policy issues and develop and implement comprehensive strategic and tactical plans to protect and advance the interests of the company. He/She will be highly skilled at anticipating, identifying and addressing emerging public policy issues and related risks that could affect a global company. While the role is responsible for leading U.S. public policy and government relations activities at the federal and state levels, the individual will work closely with the global team and must have an international perspective, understanding the potential complex implications government affairs and policy issues may have on an entity that operates different businesses in many different jurisdictions.
- He/She will possess established relationships with policymakers, opinion leaders and others in Washington and beyond. The EVP must be very skilled at building relationships and using influence effectively. He/She must be an excellent communicator who can represent HSBC effectively in a variety of venues with many different constituencies. The EVP will be expected to ensure that HSBC is involved in the public policy issues that potentially affect its interests, reputation and businesses. Reflecting HSBC’s culture, the company’s involvement in policy matters will often occur by leveraging participation in coalitions and trade associations. The successful candidate will be comfortable being a public face of HSBC, and equally at ease working in the background to support HSBC’s senior executives or other partners when it is more appropriate for them to represent the company.
- In addition to the critical, externally focused skills, the new EVP must be capable of being a success internally. He/She must have the organizational acumen necessary to thrive in a cross-functional role in the highly-matrixed and global culture at HSBC. He/She must have the executive presence and interpersonal skills to work effectively with HSBC’s executives and others at all levels across the company. The new EVP must be a true team player and coordinator/collaborator, able to partner effectively with a broad spectrum of people at HSBC, ranging from top global executives, to professionals in the legal and compliances areas. This person will develop a strategic plan for the company and its executives to play a role with policymakers and other constituencies, including cultivating and maintaining effective relationships with key influencers.
- The new EVP must have strong management and leadership skills. This person must excel at matching talent with the company’s needs, ensuring that the right people are in the right jobs. He/She must be able to cultivate and lead teams of highly effective and motivated people, including translating complex and nuanced public policy goals into actionable objectives. In addition, he/she must be a player/coach, very capable of doing the hard work on this small team, rather than one who simply wants to delegate.
- [This position directly reports to the Group Head of Public Affairs and the US General Counsel and will be a member of the US senior management team, with direct access to the US Executive Committee and other senior Group executives as appropriate.]