Compliance Officers on the Move: Sept. 9

Here is another roundup of compliance professionals on the move, for the week ending Sept. 9. I gather these bits of gossip from LinkedIn, news alerts, and friends emailing me something to include.

If you have a tip or want to brag about your new job, promotion, career milestone, or whatever—just email me at [email protected] or find me on LinkedIn.


 Most notable this week: Sean X. McKessy, the first director of the SEC’s Office of the Whistleblower who left the agency earlier this year, finally turned up in the private sector. He is now a partner at Phillips & Cohen, a whistleblower law firm with offices in Washington. Per federal rules, McKessy will not be able to appear before the SEC for one year.

Down in Houston, audit executives looking for your next move might want to take note: the city’s school system is looking for a new auditor. The Houston Independent School District did not renew the contract for chief audit executive Richard Patton. No interim replacement has been named. Patton sued the district in August, alleging retaliation for whistleblower actions. An outside review by KPMG makes the whole situation sound like a mess.

JobsIn London, Kimon De Ridder left his job as chief compliance officer for GE Capital International. He is now U.K. compliance oversight director at insurance firm Aviva.

It has just come to our attention that Stephen Shelton is no longer chief audit executive at KBR; he left over the summer. He is a smart guy and not likely to stay between jobs for long. (Shelton, you’re always welcome to contribute a guest post to Radical Compliance.)

Andrew Fleming is now global AML risk framework manager at HSBC Global Banking and Markets. He previously spent several years as a compliance consultant in Britain, and will work in London.

BAE Systems, the defense contractor based in Washington, has promoted Nick Ruscio to be controller of its intelligence & security division. Ruscio has worked at BAE in various financial jobs for 10 years. Most recently he was BAE’s vice president of internal audit and chief ethics officer.

Mustafa Ozbay has been promoted at the Borsa Istanbul in Turkey. He previously was senior compliance officer, and now is chief auditor.

At Schlumberger’s European division Maria Alejandra Matheus has been promoted, from legal manager for continental Europe to deputy general counsel for contracts and compliance in Europe and Africa.

Pablo Marijuan has a new job. He is now compliance director at FCA Capital Espana in Madrid; he previously spent nearly four years in London as U.K. compliance manager for Banco Sabadell.

In the United Arab Emirates, International Airlines Group has made two personnel moves. Maleeha Razi has joined as a business auditor; she previously was an audit analyst of business risk at Emirates Airlines. Wadie Mattar has been promoted, from internal audit and compliance manager to head of internal audit.

Mark Sterling, previously vice president of internal audit at Providence Service Corp., has turned to consulting. He’s now managing principal at AME Consulting in Mullica Hill, N.J.

David Harris has been promoted at Kroll Ontrack in London. He is now manager of advanced review services, after two years at Kroll as a review manager.

Andrea Bonime-Blanc, founder of GEC Risk Advisory and all around woman-about-town in the compliance community, just started a gig on the advisory board at Ethical Systems.

And Joel Katz, chief ethics and compliance officer at CA Technologies, just joined the board of the Ethics Research Center.


Michael Slover is celebrating one year as chief AML and financial crimes officer at Discover Financial Services.

Sourabh Arya is celebrating one year at Royal Bank of Scotland as assistant vice president for market risk.

At News Corp.’s News America Marketing unit, Paul Schmidt has hit one year as senior vice president for financial controls.

Susan Frank Divers has hit one year as senior adviser at LRN.

And Jonathan Marks, who can tell fraud investigation stories that will curl your hair, is celebrating one year at Navigant as managing director of disputes and investigations.

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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