The Conference of State Bank Supervisors this week said John Ryan will succeed Neil Milner as its new president and CEO, effective Jan. 1, 2012.

Milner is retiring at year's end after leading the nationwide organization of banking regulators since October 1996.

"John's broad knowledge of the financial services industry and state financial supervision, joined with his strategic and intellectual perspective, made him the unanimous choice for this position," John Ducrest, Louisiana Commissioner of Financial Institutions and CSBS Chairman, said in a statement. "His commitment to CSBS's mission combined with his excellent communication and leadership skills make him an invaluable asset to CSBS."

Ryan joined CSBS in 1997 as an assistant vice president for legislative affairs. He currently serves as executive vice president of CSBS, a post he has held since Oct. 1, 2003.  From 1994 to 1997, Ryan worked at Newmyer Associates, a public affairs consulting firm, where he led the company's financial services consulting practice.  Prior to that, Ryan spent four years as a professional staff member of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Banking, Finance and Urban Affairs.  

"It is a unique honor and privilege to be asked to serve as the next President and CEO of CSBS," Ryan said in a statement. "I look forward to continuing to work on behalf of the dedicated and skilled state regulators that make up our membership."

"A vibrant state regulatory system is critical to economic stability and growth, consumer protection, and an innovative financial services industry," he added. "I can't think of a better mission."

CSBS regulators supervise more than 5,600 state-chartered financial institutions and non-bank financial service partners -- including mortgage lenders -- in all 50 U.S. states as well as the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.