Compliance Officers on the Move: Nov. 18

This week we have a new export compliance officer at ZTE, a new chief audit executive at United Grocers, and a three more years for FASB chairman Russell Golden. We also have tidbits from FIS, Siemens, Kaiser Permanente, 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.

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First, in the accounting world, Russell Golden has been reappointed chairman of the Financial Accounting Standards Board. This will be his second term as chairman, which will run from 2017 to 2020. The financial reporting community should consider itself lucky, Golden is a superb thinker on accounting issues.

In related news, Marsha Hunt, corporate controller at Cummins Inc., has also joined FASB as a board member.

Chinese telecommunications firm ZTE has named Matthew Bell as chief export compliance officer and chief compliance officer for ZTE’s U.S. subsidiary. Bell’s appointment comes as ZTE tries to reach a settlement with U.S. authorities over sales to Iran that violate U.S. export law. Bell comes to ZTE from engineering firm KBR, and he will report to ZTE’s global chief compliance officer, Cheng Gang.

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Congratulations on the new job.

Keith Bettencourt has taken a new job as compliance director for First Empire, a financial services company in New York. Bettencourt comes to First Empire from Capital One, where he had been a compliance director for seven years.

In Los Angeles, Unified Grocers has named Gerry Garcia chief audit executive. Garcia previously headed up internal audit at ICF International and at Dole Food Co. before that.

Anu Krishnan has a new job at Allstate; she is director finance for Allstate Life and Retirement. Krishnan had been director of emerging business audit services prior to that move, and has been at Allstate for nearly six years.

HFC Bank Ghana has named Benjamin Mensah senior supervisor for compliance updates and reporting. He previously spent three years as an AML supervisor at Midland Savings and Loan in Accra.

In Istanbul, Borusan Oto has promoted Mustafa Kus to financial affairs manager. Kus previously worked as compliance officer and internal auditor at sister company Borusan Otomotiv for several years.

The chief accounting officer of Fidelity National Information Services, Michael Nussbaum, has announced his retirement. Nussbaum will step down on Jan. 31. Replacing him is Katy Thompson, who has been FIS’s chief audit executive since 2011.

Siemens has named Anita Schieffer compliance officer for corporate core and global services. Schieffer previously was head of compliance regulatory policies and legal advice at Siemens, and has worked there in various roles since 2003. She is based in Munich.

Vendor & Service Providers

We noticed this week that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce—one of the chief foes of new rules from the SEC and many other agencies—has beefed up its government relations team, hiring a few new staffers with ties to Republican lawmakers in Congress. Neil Bradley will be chief policy officer; he previously worked with Rep. Kevin McCarthy and former Rep. Eric Cantor. American Action Forum president Douglas Holtz-Eakin, a former director of the Congressional Budget Office, will advise the Chamber on a range of issues as a senior policy counselor.

Both men (and other new hires) will report to Suzanne Clark, newly promoted to senior executive vice president, the No. 2 job at the Chamber.

Quantivate, a company that sells GRC technology services via the cloud, has released a new complaints management tool, Quantivate Compliant Management.


Vanessa Benavides just hit one year as chief compliance and privacy officer at Kaiser Permanente, based in San Francisco.

Luiz Kokubo is celebrating one year as compliance officer at Carmignac, an asset management firm in London.

Nishit Gupta is celebrating one year as internal auditor at Heritage Bank down in Australia.

Lauren Camilli is celebrating one year as chief ethics and compliance officer at International Relief and Development in Washington, D.C.

In Zurich, Jeff Stitt has reached one year as chief compliance officer at GE Steam Power.

Mark Ewald just hit five years at DeVry Education Group as senior director of ethics & compliance services.

Alessia Zeppieri has hit 10 years at ACEA, an energy firm in Italy. She has been corporate privacy officer since 2015 and was a labor relations lawyer for the firm for nine years before that.

And wrapping it up this week is Pankaj Laad, celebrating 10 years as head of financial and control compliance at Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp. He works in the United Arab Emirates.

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. We post this roundup every Friday, and 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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