Williams, who begins his new job Jan. 7, succeeds the retired Gary Whalen.
In this role, Williams will oversee three divisions—Industry and Regional Analysis, International Analysis and Banking Condition, and Policy Analysis. These divisions conduct research and analysis to assess key financial and economic risks to banks and federal savings associations. The analysis provided by these divisions also contributes to the development of agency policy.
Williams will report to Michael Sullivan, senior deputy comptroller for economics at the OCC.
“Norm has actively developed and enhanced the capability of the OCC to analyze and understand factors affecting the banking system,” Sullivan said. “This provides important insights to inform OCC supervision of national banks. I am confident he will continue building on that success in his new role.”
From 2013 to 2017, Williams served as the director for international analysis and banking condition at OCC. He joined the OCC in 2006 as a deputy director for banking condition.
Prior to joining the OCC, Williams was chief of the Economic Analysis Section at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). He also served as a regional economist at the FDIC in Boston, and vice president/economist for First Interstate Bancorp.
Williams earned a Masters of business economics from the University of California and a bachelor of arts in economics from California State University.