John MacKessy has over 20 years of regulatory and financial crime experience and is currently a Director and Global Head of AML for BlackRock, the largest global investment manager. Prior to joining BlackRock, John most recently held financial crime leadership positions in the card and payment industry for Citi Cards and MasterCard. Prior to joining MasterCard, John spent over 12 years as a forensic investigator and regulatory consultant assisting financial firms with financial crime investigations and complying with regulatory enforcement actions. He was recognized as a leading AML expert in his monitorship team selection for the Bank of New York non-prosecution agreement with the SDNY and EDNY US Attorney Offices. John holds a B.A. from the University at Albany and an M.B.A. from Baruch College. He is a Certified Ant-Money Laundering Specialist and is an advisory board member of the ACAMS New York Chapter.