Compliance Jobs Report: May 19

In this week’s compliance jobs report, Credit Suisse has a new compliance director for its Mexico operations, and Elevate Credit filched its new chief risk officer from Cash America International. We have a slew of new appointments at the SEC, and a dream job for ethics professionals who love Italy.

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

Down in Fort Worth, Texas, Elevate Credit has named Denise Russell chief risk officer. Russell, who is possibly the nicest compliance professional in greater Dallas, will oversee all internal audit, compliance, and risk management at the firm. She comes to Elevate from Cash America International, where she was executive compliance officer.

jobsFrench Lick Resort, a casino in Larry Bird’s home town of French Lick, Ind., has promoted Andy Lemon to casino compliance manager. Lemon had been internal auditor there. We assume he sees Larry Bird wandering by all the time.

Darrin Sprague has been named vice president of information security for Bristol County Savings Bank in Taunton, Mass. He previously worked for six years at Citizens Bank, most recently as head of corporate security and resilience.

In Nome, Alaska, Sitnasuak Native Corp. has promoted Lucille Sands from contracts administrator to corporate compliance officer. Sands joined the Alaska Native Village corporation, which primarily works in fuel services and construction, in 2016.

Dick Dawson, chief audit executive at the University of Texas-San Antonio, is retiring on May 31 after 36 years on the job at UTSA. Paul Tyler will take over as interim CAE until a permanent successor is named; Dawson says he plans to travel with his wife in their Airstream. We thank Dawson for his many years of service to the profession; if you’re in Boston we’ll treat you to a glass of Sam Adams.

Karla Valdes has been named head of compliance for Credit Suisse’s Mexico operations. She previously was head of financial crimes compliance for HSBC Mexico.

The chief compliance officer for Harvard Management Co., Kathryn Murtagh, made $1.3 million in 2015, up from $1 million last year. Harvard Management Co. is the $35.7 billion endowment fund for Harvard University. Harvard made the disclosures in a tax filing earlier this month. Murtagh has been with the fund since 2006.

And the Securities & Exchange Commission has announced more appointments, now that new chairman Jay Clayton is on the job and staffing up. Robert Stebbins is the agency’s new general counsel; Jaime Klima is chief counsel to Clayton; and Sean Memon is deputy chief of staff.

Vendors & Service Providers

GRC software vendor Oxial has struck a partnership with GreySpark, a financial consulting firm, to offer a continuous compliance service for financial firms worried about algorithm risk management.


In Dubai, Tomell deSilva Caesar just hit one year as ethics & compliance lead at Emirates National Oil Co.

Carla Aldemir is celebrating one year as compliance consultant for MLC Life Insurance all the way down in Melbourne, Australia.

Michael Kim is celebrating five years as executive director of compliance at Celgene, the pharmaceutical company in New Jersey.

Open Req Orders

The United Nations World Food Program is looking for an ethics officer, based in Rome.

That’s the only cool job listing I saw this week. If you have another, let me know.

That’s all we have today. If you have a tip or want to brag about your new job, promotion, career milestone, or anything else, 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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