Compliance Jobs Report: Oct. 6

The Compliance Jobs Report starts this week abroad: we have a new head of compliance at Veon, formerly known as VimpelCom. The head of compliance at TeliaSonera has also departed, while a senior compliance officer at Best Buy has moved across town to a new role at Target. We also have a merger in GRC vendor world, a job opening at Kimberly-Clark, and much more.

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Compliance Jobs News

Veon, the Dutch telecommunications firm formerly known as VimpelCom, has named Josh Drew group chief compliance officer. Drew had been acting head of compliance for several months, since Dan Chapman left the role in April. Drew will report directly to CEO Jean-Yves Charlier.

AMAG Pharmaceuticals, a firm in suburban Boston working on treatments for women’s health issues and cancer, has named Tracy Palmer Berns chief compliance officer. Berns comes to AMAG from Medtronic, where she most recently was head of ethics and compliance for the minimally invasive therapies group.

Over in South Africa, Bianca Buys-Hamman has joined Standard Bank Group as senior compliance officer. She comes to Standard from Citi, where she had been a vice president for compliance.

At the Israel Discount Bank in New York, Paul Caulfield has expanded his portfolio from chief compliance officer to chief risk and compliance officer.

Sofia El-Mansouri has left her job as legal affairs officer for Etihad Airways, and begun work at NES Global Talent as legal and commercial manager for Middle East and India. She’s based in the United Arab Emirates.

Melissa Akali has joined Aveanna Healthcare as assistant vice president for compliance. She comes to Aveanna from Piedmont Healthcare, where she most recently was executive director of compliance and privacy.

compliance jobsIn Minneapolis, Suzan McGinnis has a new job: director of compliance at Target. McGinnis previously worked across town at Best Buy, where she was director of ethics and compliance (and had various other ethics and compliance roles there since 2005).

Mass Mutual Life Insurance has named Geoff Craddock chief risk officer. He replaces Elizabeth Ward, who has been promoted to CFO. Brad Hoffman, who had been CRO on an interim basis, will remain as part of MassMutual’s enterprise risk management team.

In Manchester, England, Chris Smart has been promoted at Cooperative Bank: from head of conduct and regulatory assurance to head of compliance, advice, and oversight. No word on whether he will write an advice column as part of his duties.

Healogics, a company in Jacksonville, Fla., that operates wound care centers, has named Kelly Priegnitz chief compliance officer. She comes to Healogics from Kindred Healthcare, where she was chief compliance officer. At Healogics, Priegnitz will report directly to the board. Yay!

Michaela Ahlberg, last seen earlier this year as chief ethics and compliance officer at TeliaSonera, has surfaced as an ethics and compliance specialist at The Grey Zone. Ahlberg headed up ethics and compliance at TeliaSonera for four years and helped the firm close a long-running FCPA case only last month. She is based in Stockholm, Sweden.

Arghemar Perez Sanguinetti just joined Olympus Corp. of Americas as a compliance specialist for the Latin America division. She’s based in Miami. Sanguinetti comes to Olympus after a few years at WDA Consulting.

Bobcat Co., the maker of construction equipment based in Fargo, N.D., has promoted Joe Wilson to SOX compliance and controls audit manager. Wilson previously was IT compliance and controls manager. As part of his promotion, he relocated from North Carolina to Fargo. (When does Season 4 of “Fargo” start, anyway?)

Cynthia Morrison is the new head of compliance at Post Holdings Inc., the St. Louis food concern that makes Post cereals (and other food). Morrison comes to Post from Armstrong Teasdale, where she was legal project manager.

Vendors & Service Providers

Merger alert! Steele Global, a vendor of software to help with third-party risk management, has scooped up ComplianceWave, a training vendor. Purchase price was, as usual, not disclosed. ComplianceWave makes “micro-learning” training modules, so the rationale is that Steele can roll out that training to help companies build a culture of compliance around third-party risk. ComplianceWave CEO Joel Rogers will now be Steele’s managing director for training solutions; and co-founder Jay Sullivan will be Steele’s chief creative officer for training solutions.

Convercent, which just held its annual Converge shindig in Denver this week, announced a new product: Convercent Third Party, part of its Ethics Cloud Platform suite.


Douglas Keech is celebrating five years as chief compliance officer for AIG Global Real Estate.

Megan Mikkelsen Jacobs is celebrating five years with Teva Pharmaceuticals. She is currently global privacy officer.

Open Req Orders

Kimberly-Clark is looking for a North America regional ethics & compliance leader. Job is based in Wisconsin, 10+ years experience necessary.

Are you a member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals? Apparently the IAPP is looking for volunteer chapter leaders and advisory board members. Gotta be a member to participate, and applications are due by Oct. 20.

That’s all for this week. 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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