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Carlo di Florio

Lecturer; Global Chief Services Officer, ACA Group

Carlo di Florio serves as Global Chief Services Officer at ACA Group, a leading global provider of governance, risk and compliance consulting services and technology solutions. . As the Chief Services Officer of ACA, Carlo oversees ACA’s three core businesses, which are 1) Regulatory & Compliance services; 2) Cybersecurity & Risk services; and 3) Performance & GIPS verification services. In each of these areas, ACA provides consulting services, technology solutions and outsourcing support to clients. Carlo also drives thought leadership on emerging risks, regulatory developments, industry trends and best practices.

Prior to joining ACA, Carlo di Florio served as Chief Risk & Strategy Officer at the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), where he was responsible for Strategic Planning, Emerging Risks & Regulatory Issues, Enterprise Risk Management, Operational Risk and Quality Management. These functions support FINRA's mission of investor protection and market integrity by teaming across the organization to define and align strategy, foster innovation and ongoing improvement, monitor emerging risks and regulatory issues, promote enterprise risk management and support quality management. Di Florio also serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of Governors of the Risk Management Association in New York, and he teaches Strategic Risk Management at Columbia University’s Master’s program in Enterprise Risk Management.

Prior to joining FINRA, di Florio served as the Director of the SEC's Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations, recruited to the SEC in 2010 to help reinvigorate the agency’s exam program following the financial crisis. In that role, he oversaw a team of 900+ examiners across the country in the SEC's nationwide examination programs for investment advisers, investment companies, hedge funds, private equity firms, broker-dealers, securities markets, credit rating agencies, and clearing agencies. At the SEC, di Florio led a transformation to a risk-based exam program, coordinated with regulatory partners nationally and internationally, regularly represented the SEC at media and conference events and testified before committees of both the United States Senate and the House of Representatives regarding regulatory strategy, risk and performance.

Before joining the SEC in 2010, di Florio was a partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers in its Financial Services Risk & Regulatory Practice in New York, advising financial services clients across banking, capital markets, asset management and insurance industries globally. He is widely published, a frequent conference speaker and has participated in numerous standard-setting initiatives. Di Florio was named by the National Association of Corporate Directors as one of the 100 Most Influential Leaders in Corporate Governance and by The National Law Journal as one of the Top 50 Trailblazers & Pioneers in Governance, Risk Management, and Compliance.


  • L.L.M., Georgetown University Law Center
  • J.D., Penn State University
  • B.A., Tulane University