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FEDERAL RESERVE BANK
OF DALLAS

Dallas, Texas, June 27,1989

C H AN G E IN D EFINITION O F “ E XEC U TIVE O FFIC E R ’

To the Member Bank Addressed:
Effective July 1, 1939, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System has
amended its Regulation 0 and has issued the following statement regarding its action:
“ Effective July 1, 1989, the Board of Governors has amended the definition
of the term ‘executive officer’ contained in section 1(b) of its Regulation O, which
relates to loans to executive officers of member banks, to read as follows—
‘ (b) The term “ executive officer” means every officer of a member
bank who participates or has authority to participate in the operating
management of the bank or any branch thereof otherwise than in the
capacity of a director of the bank, regardless of whether he has an official
title or whether his title contains a designation of assistant and regard­
less of whether he is serving without salary or other compensation. It
will be assumed that the Chairman of the Board, the President, every
Vice President, the Cashier, Secretary, Treasurer, and Trust Officer of
a member bank are executive officers, unless it is provided by resolution
of the board of directors or the bank’s by-laws that any such officer is
not authorized to participate in the operating management of the bank
and he does not actually participate therein.’
“ Section 22(g) of the Federal Reserve Act, which restricts loans to ‘executive
officers’ and which is implemented by the Board’s Regulation 0, makes a distinc­
tion between ‘executive officers’ and other officers. On reviewing this subject,
the Board concluded that the regulation should be amended to give clearer recog­
nition to this distinction and to the view that the question whether or not a
person is an ‘executive officer’ does not depend upon the title which he has but
upon the nature of his duties. As amended, the regulation would not apply to a
person, regardless of his title, who has no authority to perform and actually
does not perform the duties of an executive, especially in view of the fact that
the law does not restrict loans to directors who are not also executive officers.
“ The Board also amended its Regulation 0 by changing the date in section
4(a) to June 16, 1944. This amendment was made to conform to the change
recently made in the law extending until June 16, 1944, the date to which loans
made by member banks to their executive officers prior to June 16, 1933, may be
renewed or extended.”
Yours very truly,
R. R. GILBERT,
President

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