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For immediate release: November 28, 2011

Atlanta Fed Announces Kepler as Vice President and Director of Retail Payments Risk Forum

Mary Kepler is assuming the role of vice president and director of the Retail Payments Risk Forum, announced Dennis Lockhart, president and chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. The Retail Payments Risk Forum develops research and facilitates dialogue and collaboration among industry participants, regulators and law enforcement to improve the detection and mitigation of emerging risks and fraud in retail payments systems.

Kepler joined the Atlanta Fed's supervision and regulation division in 1992, after almost eight years at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. From 1998 to 2002, she was assistant vice president in the automation operations department, then served as vice president from 2002 to 2003. In 2003, Kepler joined the Retail Payments Office and served as the Federal Reserve System liaison to the U.S. Treasury Department. In 2005, she became senior human resources officer for the Atlanta Fed, where she chaired the Bank's human resources committee and was an adviser to the Bank's management committee. In 2006, Kepler was appointed senior officer over financial management and planning.

Kepler received a bachelor of business administration degree in finance from the University of Central Missouri. She also has completed the executive development program at Northwestern University.

The Atlanta Fed is a part of the nation's central banking system, which Congress created in 1913. The Federal Reserve conducts monetary policy by influencing money and credit conditions in the economy in pursuit of full employment and stable prices, supervises and regulates banking institutions and helps ensure that the nation's payments systems operate smoothly. The Atlanta Fed serves the Sixth Federal Reserve District, which encompasses Alabama, Florida, Georgia and sections of Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee. 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.