Craig Weeks is an independent consultant for organizations needing Trade Finance, Supply Chain and other Transaction Banking expertise. In addition to being an Executive Practicum Adviser within the North Carolina State University Supply Chain Resource Cooperative, Craig is currently contracted to Capital and Credit Risk Manager (CCRM), a Singapore-based FinTech, as Chief Representative for the Americas and in March, 2019 was appointed to the Trade Finance Advisory Council of the U.S. Department of Commerce. Craig is an Advisory Board member of the Falcon Group, a leading inventory management solutions provider. Previously Craig served as SVP and Manager of the International Banking Group of US Bank where his responsibilities included managing the Trade Finance, International Financial Institutions, and Supply Chain Finance teams. Prior to US Bank, Craig was President and CEO of IRIA (US) Inc., a subsidiary of a Swiss-based specialist broker of commodity-related structured credit, and political risk, insurance products. Craig’s experience includes 4 years at Citibank and 14 years with JPMorgan where he served as MD and Global Trade Sales Head for both institutions. Craig also worked for Continental Grain Company, in New York, where he was Assistant Treasurer for Bank Relations, Credit Risk Management and Short-Term Funding, and in Geneva, Switzerland where he was Trade Finance Risk Manager. Craig’s banking career began with Marine Midland Bank (now HSBC) where he became the Iberia Region Manager and had served on the Latin American Correspondent Banking team. Craig has a Masters of International Management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management (Glendale, Arizona) and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Dickinson College, (Carlisle, Pennsylvania) where he serves on the Board of Trustees. Craig also studied at the Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana (Medellin, Colombia) and is fluent in Spanish. Craig was a board member and former Chair of the Bankers Association for Finance and Trade (BAFT). Craig is an avid hiker and golfer and serves as a Disaster Action Team First Responder for the Red Cross of Western North Carolina. Craig and his wife Lorraine reside in Weaverville, N.C. USA
MIM (Masters of International Management) , International Marketing, Thunderbird School of Global Management (1978)
BA, Political Science and International Studies, Dickinson College (1977)
Semester Abroad, , La Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana (1976)
Experienced bilingual (English/Spanish) senior international financial executive with deep knowledge of trade finance, supply chain management, international financial institutions management, transaction banking and compliance issues.
At US Bank some internal accounting issues were delaying implementation of the bank’s Supply Chain Finance business. Resolving those issues allowed the SCF book of business to grow 250% in one year. While at both Citi and JPMorgan the trade finance and supply chain books of business grew substantially and above plan. Successfully managed large and geographically diverse teams of originators. Successfully completed three-year assignment abroad while working for Continental Grain Company.
This is the second semester of work with the SCRC of NCSU. The first semester project (Spring 2019) was for the American Red Cross relating to benchmarking and best practices for the client’s cell phone policy. The team successfully completed a wonderful piece of work and the client was delighted.