Fannie, Fifth Third Personal Relationship Causes Termination
August 19, 2016
A personal relationship between Fannie Mae CEO Tim Mayopoulos and Heather Russell, the chief legal officer for Fifth Third Bancorp, caused the bank to terminate its top lawyer because of conflict of interest concerns. Both Mayopoulos and Russell are separated from their spouses, and both revealed the relationship to their respective companies. “Mr. Mayopoulos previously disclosed the relationship to Fannie Mae’s Office of Compliance and Ethics. The Office of Compliance and Ethics provided appropriate direction to Mr. Mayopoulos, and he followed it,” according to a spokesman for Fannie. “Further, Mr. Mayopoulos has no involvement in Fannie Mae’s relationship with Fifth Third Bank. Quite simply, there is no conflict of interest under Fannie Mae’s corporate policies,” said the spokesman.