Richard J Smith

Group Compliance Consultant/ Advisor


Bachelor of Arts (Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA); Certified Money Laundering Specialist, Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (ACAMS); Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US), International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP); Certified Information Privacy Manager, International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP)


  • Richard previously served as Chief Compliance Officer in London for Citi’s EMEA region and in Hong Kong for Citi’s Asia Pacific Region. He established Star House Partners, a compliance and regulatory risk management advisory firm in 2019.
  • He served as Citi’s first Global Chief Privacy Officer and had compliance responsibility for building a firm-wide privacy/data protection program, which leveraged and institutionalised best practices of the firm and helped to define Citi’s overall data privacy strategy and governance.
  • Prior to this role, Richard was based in Moscow for 6 years, working as the Chief Cluster Compliance Officer for the Citi franchises in Russia, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Greece, Turkey, and Israel.  He led the team responsible for establishing three AML Operations Country Hubs as part of work to standardise the AML monitoring processes in line with Citi’s Global Standard Operating Model.  He has conducted AML seminars with local bank compliance officers and regulators in a number of regional cities in Russia in association with the Financial Services Volunteer Corp., an NGO headquartered in New York.
  • Previously, as the Global Market Manager for Citi Private Bank in Korea, Richard was based in Seoul and responsible for repositioning the business after Citi’s acquisition of Koram Bank in 2004. His remit included all aspects of product development, process redesign, sales management, and client development.  Prior to this role, Richard served in a similar capacity with Citi Private Bank in the Philippines and in Singapore and New York.