Compliance Jobs Report: Nov. 24

No Thanksgiving slowdown for the Compliance Jobs Report! This week we have compliance officer moves at GIACT, Fidelity International, PHH Corp., Ally Financial, and many more. Ethix360 has hired its own compliance officer too, and a few awards and honors given out to compliance officers in northern Virginia. That, and job posts too. Read on…

I gather these bits of information 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

GIACT, which sells software to help companies with payment fraud (reducing it, not committing it), has named Meg Nicholls chief compliance officer. Nicholls comes to GIACT from the law firm Troutman Sanders, and prior to that worked as a compliance manager at Hyundai Capital.

In London, Andrew Morris has departed as head of compliance for Fidelity International “to pursue interests outside the company.” Before we read too much into that, Fidelity has been offering buyouts to senior executives in England, as part of a larger effort to reduce headcount and streamline operations there.

Diane Novak just turned up at HomeStreet Bank in Seattle as senior vice president and chief compliance officer. Novak has previously worked at Silicon Valley Bank and Citizens Financial, and is also one of the authors of Modern Compliance: Best Practices for Compliance Risk Management.

Martin Lønstrup has been named head of group compliance for Falck, the insurance firm based in Denmark. This is a promotion for Lønstrup, who had been global head of legal and compliance for Falck Global Assistance since January.

Edna Wells Handy has been named acting chief compliance officer for the New York City Housing Authority. Wells comes to the NYCHA from NYPD, where she was legal counsel to the police commissioner. Handy will lead a new “executive compliance department” within the NYCHA, which has been under scrutiny for lying to federal regulators about lead-paint testing the agency apparently didn’t actually do.

PHH Corp., one of the big players in the mortgage lending servicing industry, has named Albert Cellini senior vice president of risk and compliance. He will succeed Leith Kaplan, and assume the chief risk and compliance officer title on Jan. 1. Cellini comes to PHH from Newbold Advisors.

Ally Financial has promoted Nicholas Khouri from senior audit director to senior compliance director and head of AML investigations. He’s based in Charlotte, N.C.

Compliance JobsIn Detroit, Tenet Healthcare promoted Candace Kramer from market compliance officer to group chief compliance officer. Kramer, who has been with Tenet since 2015, will oversee ethics and compliance for the Michigan, Illinois, and Pennsylvania regions.

In Texas, Kelly Blankenship began work earlier this fall at Oportun Financial Corp. as director of compliance management systems and AML compliance. She was last seen at DXC Technology as director of compliance and ethics and head of Bank Secrecy Act compliance.

At SoOum Corp., a commodities trading firm based in New York, Ronald Vega is back to his role as chief compliance officer. Vega had been pinch-hitting as interim CFO for a while but SoOum just hired a permanent CFO.

Briana Neal has been hired as a senior analyst for credit card fraud at Sunoco LP, which operates convenience stores at Sunoco gas stations. Neal comes to Sunoco from Louis Vuitton, where she was an anti-fraud specialist. One hopes she scored a good handbag before the move.

In Hong Kong, China Silk Road International Capital Ltd. has named Louis Chow head of risk and compliance. Chow has been a business professor at the Hong Kong Baptist University and Beijing Normal University for several years.

Laura Rao-Morillo has joined insurance firm USAA as AML audit executive. She previously worked at Navigant as director of global investigations and compliance.


Congratulations to Jon Panamaroff, chief compliance officer at Koniag Government Services in Chantilly, Va. Panamaroff has been elected to the board of directors of the Native American Contractors Association. He is a member of the Sun’aq Tribe of Kodiak, Alaska.

And another round of congratulations to Charles Neff, director of compliance at defense contractor Huntington Ingalls Industries. Neff was named Outstanding In-House Counsel of 2017 by the Association of Corporate Counsel’s chapter in Washington, D.C. He won for “the integrated approach he has taken to compliance and cybersecurity at the company.” Lord knows we need more of that these days.

Ann Sharp just hit one year as operational risk manager at Wells Fargo.

Renata Cruz is celebrating one year as Latin America compliance lead for General Electric, working from Mexico.

Craig Verkerke is celebrating one year as a senior special agent in the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspection General.

Cherie Axelrod just reached five years in compliance at Western Union. She has been deputy chief compliance officer there for 18 months.

And if you’re a member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, don’t forget to vote in the ACFE’s election for its board of regents. Nine candidates are up for three slots. Cast your votes by Dec. 31.

Vendors & Service Providers

Ethix360, a compliance software vendor, has named Stephanie Jenkins as its first-ever chief compliance officer. Jenkins comes to Ethix360 from SAI Global, and previously worked at MetricStream and NAVEX Global. #DrinkingTheKoolAid

Good news if you’re under investigation in Boston: the law firm Murphy & King has started a corporate criminal defense and internal investigations practice. It will be led by Dan Rabinovitz, previously a white collar defense lawyer across town at Greenberg Traurig.

Open Req Orders

Xylem, a water technology company, is looking to hire a manager of global ethics and compliance. Xylem is based in suburban New York but the job posting breathlessly announces that this role can be “anywhere.”

CME Group in Chicago is recruiting a senior privacy analyst.

Tweet of the Week

The Center for Governance and Transparency at the IAE Business School in Buenos Aires held its annual conference this week. @silcoria, whoever she may be, had some great dispatches from the event.

Translation: Ricardo López, a systems engineer who works on compliance at HSBC Argentina, provides a 360-degree view! Panel shared with Martín Kopacz, Filippo of Sio and Matias Arturo.

That’s all for the week of Nov. 24. 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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