USAA Announces New Chief Compliance Officer

Celie Niehaus oversees overall vision and strategy for compliance risk


SAN ANTONIO – (October 20, 2021) USAA announced today that Celie Niehaus has joined the company as senior vice president and chief compliance officer, leading its enterprise compliance team. She is responsible for defining and executing USAA’s enterprise-wide strategy for managing compliance risk.

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Prior to joining USAA, Niehaus was the chief compliance officer (CCO) for BBVA USA where she led oversight of compliance activities for Retail Banking, Commercial Banking and Wealth, Corporate and Investment Banking, Treasury and Digital businesses. Prior to joining BBVA in May 2018, she served as the CCO for Capital One Retail and Direct Bank and Enterprise Services, and was also the company’s chief privacy officer. Earlier in her career, she held positions at E*TRADE Financial and Bank One.


“We continue to build a best-in-class, outcome-oriented risk and compliance team that will enable USAA to fulfill our mission to the military community,” said Neeraj Singh, chief risk officer at USAA. “Celie brings a customer-focused, business-friendly approach to her work, a track record of building high-performing teams, and a passion for serving members. She’s the right leader to help us achieve these important goals. I look forward to the many contributions Celie will undoubtedly bring to USAA.”


Niehaus is a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University and American Bankers Association Graduate Compliance Schools. She is further accredited as a Certified Regulatory Compliance Manager.

“I am deeply honored, and truly excited to join the incredible team of professionals at USAA who dedicate themselves daily to facilitating the financial security of the men and women of our military community,” said Niehaus.”It’s a privilege to be a part of this team and the association.”




Founded in 1922 by a group of military officers, USAA is among the leading providers of insurance, banking and investment and retirement solutions to 13 million members of the U.S. military, veterans who have honorably served and their families. Headquartered in San Antonio, TX, USAA has offices in seven U.S. cities and three overseas locations and employs more than 35,000 people worldwide. Each year, the company contributes to national and local nonprofits in support of military families and communities where employees live and work. For more information about USAA, follow us on Facebook or Twitter (@USAA), or visit 

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