Compliance Officers on the Move: Oct. 7

Lots of compliance jobs news this week, from State Street to Smith & Nephew to Etsy and elsewhere. We also have news and gossip about Convercent, Siemens, Janus Capital, and more.

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.

New Jobs

We are a bit late to this bit of news, but over the summer Etsy named Lorraine Dixon as its first-ever global compliance counsel. Dixon comes to the online crafting business from Ares Capital Management, where she had been senior vice president of global compliance.

You may have seen earlier this week that Henderson Group and Janus Capital are mega-merging into an asset management fund with $320 billion under management. In the new firm, Janus chief compliance officer David Kowalski will become chief risk officer. No word yet on the roles for Charles Jones, Henderson’s head of global compliance, or Anne Steele Kochevar, Henderson’s chief compliance officer for North America.

Audit work available in Atlanta! DeKalb County has just hired John Greene to be the county’s first-ever chief audit executive, and Greene says one of his first priorities will be to staff up an office of 10-12 people. Greene previously was inspector general for the Florida Secretary of State’s office.

JobsMike Lamberth, former chief compliance officer for consumer lending at Capital One, just turned up at KPMG as managing director in its risk advisory practice. Lamberth had been at Capital One for 12 years. He lives in Richmond, Va.

In Philadelphia, Jon Smollen just took a job as director of Temple University’s Center for Compliance & Ethics. Smollen previously was chief compliance officer of Endo Pharmaceuticals for five years.

Siemens Healthcare has expanded the role of Facundo Gonzalez del Solar. He previously was head of compliance for much of South America, and now is head of compliance for all of Latin America. He is based in Mexico. Gonzalez del Solar has been with Siemens in various roles for more than five years.

Jim Barkley has taken a job at Credit Suisse, where he will be managing director and global head of core compliance services. Barkley previously spent four years at JP Morgan & Chase in several compliance and internal control jobs.

Western World Insurance, a subsidiary of Validus Holdings based in New Jersey, has named Arya Yarpezeshkan senior vice president and director of enterprise risk management. He previously was chief risk officer at Navigators and at Tokio Marine Management before that.

Pharmaceutical giant Sandoz has promoted Debora Dansker from Latin America compliance supervisor to Latin America compliance manager. She is based in Argentina.

Hempel A/S, a maker of industrial coatings headquartered in Copenhagen, has named Thomas Etter director of compliance and corporate responsibility. Etter previously was head of professional services and integrity for the Red Flag Group’s European division. (You don’t see vendors move to the corporate side too often.)

Kurt Stitcher recently began work as director of compliance for Smith & Nephew, a medical equipment maker based in Boston. Stitcher was previously global investigations director for Kimberly-Clark.

Vendor News

Convercent has released Version 4.0 of its flagship software product. The latest version includes upgrades to its conflicts-of-interest and escalation software, and supports language translations across all its offerings now. That’s all the free publicity Convercent gets here; you want to know more, go visit the company’s blog.


In Chicago, Shahid Khwaja is celebrating one year as vice president of global internal audit for telecommunications firm Brightstar Corp.

In Boston, Scott Shaw is celebrating one year as chief compliance officer for SSGM, State Street’s global markets division.

Over in Paris, Brendan Haverty is celebrating one year as compliance director and head of anti-bribery for Danone.

In Benton Harbor, Mich., Kim Yapchai is coming up on two years as chief compliance officer at Whirlpool Corp.

In Houston, John Sardar just hit five years as chief compliance officer at Noble Energy.

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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