Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Inc. (MUFG)today announced that Roger Blissett, 55, has joined the company as Head of the newly created Government Affairs Office inthe Americas Legal Department.
Blissett, a banking executive with extensive experience maintaining strong and effective lines of communication with policy makers and regulators, reports to General Counsel Michael Coyne and is based in New York.
In his role, Blissett will oversee the firm’s relationships with executive and legislative branches of federal, state, and local governments in the United States and will coordinate such efforts throughout the Americas. Among his responsibilities, Blissett will lead the analysis of the potential impact on MUFG of proposed legislative and executive actions and will play a critical role in establishing corporate strategies and policies that align with government laws, regulations, and standards. Additionally, Blissett will manage the Legal Department’s role in the oversight of the MUFG’s Political Action Committee. Blissett’s role will expand in the coming years as the bank develops new initiatives in support of its growth strategy.
“Roger brings an extensive track record of successfully leading high-performance teams, surpassing thresholds and streamlining operations,” said Coyne. “His expertise, leadership skills and ability to forge dynamic relationships will be instrumental as we implement strategic programs and accelerate our pace of transformation.”
Prior to joining MUFG, Blissett held several legal and business positions over a twenty year period at Royal Bank of Canada in New York, including Branch Manager and Managing Director, U.S. Strategy. Before joining RBC, he served as Vice President, Legal Execution, Commercial Paper/Medium -Term Note at Lehman Brothers. Prior to Lehman Brothers, Blissett was a Corporate Associate at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett. Blissett is an active member of the community where he currently serves as a Board member at Vera Institute of Justice, a nonprofit that works with local, state and national government to build and improve justice systems that ensure fairness, promote safety and strengthen communities. He also serves as
Co-Chair on the Board of Trustees for ExpandED Schools, a nonprofit organization dedicated to closing the learning gap by increasing access to enriched education experiences, and is an Advisory Board Member for the NYC Young Men’s Initiative, a cross-agency enterprise in New York City committed to addressing disparities faced by Black and Latino young men in New York City across the areas of education, employment, health and justice.
Blissett holds a BA from Wesleyan University and a JD from New York University School of Law.