Stella M. Mendes
- Senior Managing Director
- T: +1 212 841 9363
- F: +1 212 841 9350
- Three Times Square
- 9th Floor
- New York, NY, 10036
- United States
- T: +1 212 247 1010
- F: +1 212 841 9350
- B.S., Hofstra University
- OFAC Investigations
- Regulatory Investigations
- Risk Management & Internal Controls
- Sanctions Investigations & Compliance
Stella Mendes is a Senior Managing Director in the Financial Services practice within the Forensic & Litigation Consulting segment at FTI Consulting. She is based in New York.
Ms. Mendes possesses more than 25 years of banking experience. Prior to joining FTI Consulting, Ms. Mendes served as President and Chief Operating Officer for First National Bank (“FNB”). Additionally, Ms. Mendes served as the Compliance & Bank Secrecy Officer for the bank and interfaced with all phases of the regulatory process and bodies governing that activity.
In her role as the bank’s Compliance Officer and Bank Secrecy Officer, Ms. Mendes was responsible for developing and implementing comprehensive compliance, risk assessment and training programs for staff and the Board of Directors. In addition, Ms. Mendes was responsible for overseeing all compliance issues, including: conducting Anti-Money Laundering (“AML”), Bank Secrecy Act (“BSA”) and Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) compliance reviews, mock exams and preparing regulatory examinations. She also managed client relationships and branch offices. Before being named President of FNB, Ms. Mendes served as Executive Vice President & Chief Retail Banking Officer.
Ms. Mendes has held various senior management positions throughout her banking career. She was one of the principal architects of both the retail franchise and brand, as well as being an inaugural member of the Executive Management team of Madison National Bank. Ms. Mendes was integral in every phase of planning for the new bank. In this capacity, she oversaw all deposit gathering activities, systems and all activities relating to the retail bank. Previously, Ms. Mendes served as Vice President and Regional Manager for 19 branch locations and over $900 million in deposits for New York Community Bank, where she was responsible for the development, oversight and execution of objectives impacting her region. At Roslyn Savings Bank, Ms. Mendes was a key member of the retail bank’s administration. Ms. Mendes was also responsible for the professional development and training of retail employees. Ms. Mendes was noted for her ability to trouble-shoot retail branch problems, identify weaknesses and capitalize on strengths. She authored many of the bank’s key retail strategies and established an internal branch audit process to use at locations that had an identified weakness.
Ms. Mendes earned her B.S. from Hofstra University. She is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (“CAMS”) and is active in numerous professional organizations, including the New York Bankers Association (“NYBA”), Long Island Bankers Compliance Association (“LIBCA’) and Women in Leadership at Hofstra University. Ms. Mendes is a Board Member at the Education and Assistance Corporation and is committee member of Cancer Center for Kids at Winthrop University Hospital. She is fluent in Portuguese and Spanish.