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FDIC Announces Appointment of Segundo Pereira as Director of the Office of Minority and Women Inclusion and Departure of Andrew Gray, Deputy to the Chairman for Communications

July 30, 2014
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David Barr (202) 898-6992

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) today announced the appointment of Segundo Pereira as an Officer of the Corporation and as Director of the FDIC's Office of Minority and Women Inclusion (OMWI). The FDIC also announced the departure of Andrew Gray, Deputy to the Chairman for Communications, who will be leaving the agency to join JPMorgan Chase.

Mr. Pereira joins the FDIC with over 35 years of combined military and civilian federal service, including extensive expertise in applying and interpreting Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB), and diversity-related regulations, as well as leading a professional staff. Mr. Pereira has been a member of the Senior Executive Service (SES) since 2006, and was most recently the Director, Office of Operations/Office of Support with the Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). SES positions he previously held include Executive Director of the Office of EEO, Diversity Management and Resolution at the Food and Drug Administration and Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Diversity Management and EEO at HHS. In his role as Deputy Assistant Secretary at HHS, Mr. Pereira served as the principal EEO and Diversity Officer for this cabinet-level agency with over 65,000 employees where he developed strategic plans and programs designed to ensure a diverse workforce. Prior to his civil service career, Mr. Pereira served in the U.S. Air Force for almost 28 years, retiring at the rank of Colonel. He has been the recipient of multiple awards, including the Legion of Merit while serving in the military, and the HHS Secretary's Award for Distinguished Service, the highest award granted by the Department and conferred by the Secretary to an employee.

Mr. Pereira has earned Master's Degrees from the Air War College and the University of Southern California, and a Bachelor's Degree from Manhattan College.

The FDIC also announced the departure of Andrew Gray, Deputy to the Chairman for Communications. Mr. Gray will be joining JPMorgan Chase as a Managing Director and Senior Communications Officer. He was appointed Deputy to the Chairman in June 2012 and joined the FDIC as the Director of Public Affairs in April 2007. Mr. Gray's last day at the FDIC will be September 12.

As Deputy to the Chairman, Mr. Gray was responsible for managing and coordinating both internal and external communications at the FDIC, including planning and executing public affairs activities to further the understanding of the FDIC's mission, objectives, and obligations by the general public and external stakeholders. Prior to joining the FDIC, he served as the Majority Communications Director of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs. He also served as the Deputy Press Secretary for U.S. Senator Richard C. Shelby (AL). Mr. Gray holds a degree in political science from the University of Colorado.

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Congress created the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation in 1933 to restore public confidence in the nation's banking system. The FDIC insures deposits at the nation's banks and savings associations, 6,730 as of March 31, 2014. It promotes the safety and soundness of these institutions by identifying, monitoring and addressing risks to which they are exposed. The FDIC receives no federal tax dollars — insured financial institutions fund its operations.

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