Compliance Officers on the Move: Feb. 17

This week’s compliance jobs report includes a new chief compliance officer for Toyota’s North America operations, and a new head of legal policy at GE. The Atlanta transit system just lost its chief audit executive, and former SEC chair Mary Jo White went through the revolving door back to her old law firm. All that and more!

I gather these bits of gossip from LinkedIn, news alerts, and friends emailing me something to include. If you have a tip to pass along, email me at [email protected] or find me on LinkedIn. This report depends on people like you helping me, so send some news!

Compliance Jobs News

Toyota Motor North America has promoted chief compliance officer Jacqueline Thomas, from vice president to group vice president. In her expanded role, Thomas will oversee internal audit and a range of regulatory compliance functions, as well as business integrity. Thomas has been with TMNA since 1999. 

The University of California/Riverside recently made two compliance appointments. Elizabeth Boyd will be associate vice chancellor and chief compliance officer; Brooke Chang will be the school’s new director for Title IX compliance. Boyd had been interim chief compliance officer since last July. Chang, who will report to Boyd, was previously head of Title IX compliance at Radford University in Virginia.

Compliance JobsTerry Thompson has taken a new role as vice chancellor for internal audit for the University System of Georgia. Thompson previously spent more than three years as head of audit for the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, and is one of the friendliest people in Atlanta. Which is no easy feat, that city is full of great people.

General Electric has named William “Mo” Cowan, a corporate lawyer with the firm Mintz Levin, vice president for litigation and legal policy. Cowan served as interim U.S. senator for Massachusetts in 2013, to fill the seat vacated when John Kerry was named secretary of state, and was an aide to former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick. Cowan replaces Brad Berenson, who is leaving GE to become general counsel of TPG Capital Management.

Irina Lazieva is now senior compliance counsel for investigations at 3M Corp. Lazieva has been at 3M since 2013 in various compliance roles. Most recently she was senior counsel and compliance leader for Central and Eastern Europe.

Jen Warner is the new vice president of compliance and chief development officer for Ashe Legal Group, a cloud-based provider of legal services. (Ashe delivers its services via the cloud, we mean. It’s actually based in Oregon.) Warner previously was chief compliance officer at XPO Logistics.

We couldn’t help but notice that corporate management of Sears announced plans to consolidate the corporate functions of Sears and Kmart, the other retail brand the company owns. We’re not sure yet what that means for compliance and audit functions there, but lord knows Sears has no growth and plenty of problems.

Vendors & Service Providers

Surprising exactly no one, former SEC chair Mary Jo White is returning to work at her old law firm, Debevoise & Plimpton. She will rejoin Andrew Ceresney, head of the SEC Enforcement Division under White, who also hails from the firm.

Treliant Risk Advisers just picked up a trio of new executives: Erin DeWitt, previously chief risk officer at Scottrade Financial Services; Mark Kallal, previously vice president of compliance at Intersections Inc.; and Kevin Thomas, previously director of internal audit for EagleBank. DeWitt and Kallal join Treliant as directors; Thomas will be a senior manager.

They are too many to name here, but congratulations to the 16 people promoted to managing director at Protiviti recently. The newly minted MDs span all Protiviti’s main lines of business.


Alas, the milestones may be few and far between for a while. LinkedIn disabled that feature in its latest, god-awful redesign. I no longer know what anniversaries or achievements you all are hitting. Whenever you do have something to celebrate, let me know.

Open Req Orders

I heard rumor this week that Nike is looking for a director of enterprise risk management. Upon visiting Nike’s website, I couldn’t find that job listing. The company, however, is looking for an audit director for fraud risk and numerous other corporate audit jobs. (I’m more an Asics person myself, but Nike runs a good audit & compliance shop.)

I’m aware of a former chief compliance officer for a $25 billion consumer-facing business, who would like to get back in the game in the Chicago area. Drop me a line if you want details.

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. 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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