March 10, 2015 – Global executive search firm Russell Reynolds Associates has been retained by the American Bankers Association (ABA) to lead its search for a new chief executive officer. Frank Keating, its current CEO, is stepping down at the end of the year. ABA chairman John Ikard wrote in a memo to member CEOs: "At the committee's direction, senior partners from Russell Reynolds have been meeting and speaking with many of ABA's key stakeholders, including member bank CEOs, leadership of the ABA-State Association Alliance and ABA executive staff." Founded in 1875, the American Bankers Association is a Washington, D.C.-based trade association for the U.S. banking industry. With 44 offices and more than 350 executive search professionals, Russell Reynolds Associates provides executive search and leadership services to a wide array of industries.