By Maria Bruno-Britz
Leigh Williams was selected to serve as president of BITS, the business strategy and technology division of The Financial Services Roundtable, the Washington-based financial services public policy group. Williams will replace founding BITS CEO, Catherine Allen, who announced in January that she would step down from her CEO role, effective May 1.Williams comes to BITS from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, where he served as a Senior Fellow in the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government. While at Harvard, his research focused on public and private sector collaboration in the governance of privacy and security. Prior to joining the Kennedy School, Williams worked at Fidelity Investments in various risk management, security and privacy roles, including Chief Risk Officer and Chief Privacy Officer. His most recent position at Fidelity was Senior Vice President, Public Policy.
"Leigh Williams provides exceptional talent to this significant leadership role. He will build on BITS' outstanding legacy of accomplishments and is perfectly suited to serve our members, the industry and the nation in the pivotal role of BITS President," said Steve Bartlett, president and CEO of The Financial Services Roundtable, in a statement.