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April 28, 2023

Bates Group


Bates Group, a Portland-based firm that offers regulatory, compliance, anti-money laundering, and litigation consulting for the financial services industry, appointed Benjamin Pappas as chief executive officer. Previously, Pappas was Bates Group's president, where he was responsible for driving the firm's overall growth strategy. Pappas succeeds former CEO Jennifer Stout, who will be taking up new roles as vice-chair of the board of directors and senior executive advisor to the firm. Client engagement will remain a key priority for Stout. She will continue to maintain close relationships with clients and will be actively involved in conducting outreach to Bates Group's portfolio of financial firms and counsel. Pappas was appointed chief operating officer of Bates Group in 2016 and president in 2019. Before joining Bates, he was senior vice president and COO of D.A. Davidson Companies' Equity Capital Markets business, where he was responsible for implementing strategic growth initiatives and developing an annual financial budgeting and forecasting process. Stout's decades-long leadership at Bates Group includes successfully leading and diversifying Bates from a retail litigation-focused expert consulting firm to a nationwide consulting firm offering services and solutions for litigation, regulatory, AML, and compliance clients at broker-dealer, registered investment advisors, banks, insurance, money services business, and digital assets firms.

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