Compliance Officers on the Move

For some time now I’ve wanted to do more for the corporate compliance & audit community, so starting today I will post occasional updates on people’s new jobs and other career milestones. Compliance can be a difficult job and it’s a (somewhat) close-knit community, so this endeavor is overdue.

I’ve compiled the updates below from LinkedIn (‘Oh, someone actually reads all those career blurbs in the upper-right corner?’), and press releases or Google news alerts that land in my email. You can always tell me your new job, promotion, or career milestone yourself, too—just email me at [email protected] or find me on LinkedIn.

New Starts

The law firm Jones Walker has landed Jeffery Jeter, former chief compliance officer at Amedisys, as special counsel for the firm’s healthcare practice. Jeter will work out of the firm’s Baton Rouge, La., office.

Amedisys, meanwhile, announced earlier this summer that David Pearce joined as chief compliance officer. Pearce came to Amedisys from Kindred, where he had been a senior vice president and chief counsel.

Barbara Fortsch is now chief anti-money laundering officer at Agility Forex, a currency trading firm in Vancouver. Fortsch comes to Agility Forex from PacNet Services, where she had handled anti-money laundering and due diligence.

Ron Lepionka, long-time senior audit executive at AGL Resources in Atlanta, has left the company and launched his own consulting firm, Apex GRC Advisors. Lepionka is also a member of the Forensic Accounting Advisory Board at Georgia Southern university.

TRUSTe, a data privacy management company (look for those TRUSTe logos on the bottom of websites you visit), has hired Hilary Wandall as general counsel and chief data officer. Wandall previously was associate vice president of compliance and chief privacy officer at Merck.

Tim Hediger, formerly the lead GRC program administrator at GM Financial, has turned up at Edgile, a GRC consulting firm in Texas, where he is senior manager of GRC strategy and implementation.

William Donaldson, the former chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission who had the unenviable task of running the agency in the early 2000s as it implemented the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, has been named to the board of IEX. IEX is that new trading exchange approved earlier this summer with the support of many investor advocates.

nailedStephanie Chew has been promoted to senior compliance director at Medtronic’s China division. She was formerly a compliance director and has been with Medtronic China since January 2014.

Gabriel Viera has a new job as AML compliance officer at Activo International Bank in Puerto Rico. He previously was a senior compliance analyst at the bank, and before that worked at Popular Community Bank in Puerto Rico.

Carl Winekoff is now compliance director at Banner Health in Phoenix, Ariz. Before that he spent five years as manager of compliance program support at Trinity Health in Michigan.


Anthony Dell has celebrated five years as global chief ethics and compliance officer for Aries Management.

Mike Breon has hit five years as senior director of investigations and ethics at Rite Aid.

Kelly Barrett has spent five years on the board of State Bank Financial, “one of Georgia’s best-capitalized banks.” Barrett was also the head of internal audit and compliance at Home Depot for 10 years, until she was promoted in June to senior vice president of home services.

Becki Sweeney has hit five years as a senior regulatory compliance analyst at PETCO Animal Services in San Antonio. No word on what pets Sweeney brings to work.

Callie Pappas is celebrating 10 years at Schnitzer Steel in Portland, Oreg. Pappas has held numerous compliance roles at the company, including eight years as chief compliance officer from 2006 to 2014. She is currently chief risk officer and deputy general counsel.

Chris Collin just hit 10 years as senior ethics and compliance manager at General Mills out in Minnesota.

And topping our list, this month Laurie Elliott in Rochester, N.Y., hit her 15-year anniversary as chief audit executive at Constellation Brands. Impressive.

As I mentioned above, if you have any career moves you want the world to know, feel free to email me at [email protected] or find me on LinkedIn. I’m always happy to give credit to the many hard-working people here in our corner of the business universe.

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