The guard is changing at the American Bankers Association.

Beth Climo, a financial services lobbyist at the ABA, Washington, will be reducing her workload by stepping down in March 2007 as executive director of the group’s American Bankers Insurance Association affiliate.

Climo will continue to be executive director of the ABA’s Securities Association, ABA officials say.

Kevin McKechnie and Valerie Barton, 2 current ABA staffers, will inherit Climo’s ABIA responsibilities.

McKechnie also will inherit Climo’s position as head of the ABA’s Health Savings Account Council, according to the ABA.

Ken Layton, the ABA’s chief legislative counsel, will continue to run the ABA’s Card Policy Council and also will oversee the ABIA and the HSA Council, the ABA says.