Compliance Jobs Report: Jan. 26

Lots of news in this week’s Compliance Jobs Report. We have an FCPA expert taking a key role at the FBI, while another departs the Fraud Section at the Justice Department. Compliance officer moves Liberty Latin America, Sionic Mobile, UW Medicine, and elsewhere; a few job openings; and our compliance meme of the week goes to those supervisors who just don’t get it.

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. Read on…

Compliance Jobs News

We start with news from the FBI: director Christopher Wray has named Zachary Harmon his chief of staff. Harmon had been with the law firm King & Spalding since 2003, where he worked in the government investigations practice (and where Wray was the practice chair). Harmon also has lengthy experience working on and writing about the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

Pablo Quiñones is leaving his job at the Fraud Section of the Justice Department, to join New York University as executive director of its Program on Corporation Compliance and Enforcement. At the Fraud Section, Quiñones was chief of the strategy, policy and training unit.

Sionic Mobile, a company in Atlanta that manages software for apps consumers might use in their vehicles, has named Don Wescott chief compliance officer. Wescott comes to Sionic from First Data Corp., where he was director of regulatory compliance.

Phoenix American Financial Services has named Ned Montenecourt chief risk and compliance officer. Montenecourt previously worked at BlackRock as chief compliance officer for BlackRock investments.

compliance jobsLiberty Latin America, a telecom firm servicing countries across Latin America, has named William Brierly vice president of ethics and compliance. Brierly previously worked at CH2M, where he was chief ethics and compliance officer. He’s based in Denver.

The Los Angeles Police Department has named Mark Smith its next inspector general. Smith is currently an adviser to the LA County Sheriff’s Office. Smith, who pulled a stint at the inspector general’s office in the 2000s, replaces Alex Bustamante, who left the job last year to become chief compliance officer for the University of California.

In Reston, Va., PagnatoKarp has named Janice Powell chief compliance officer. Powell comes to PagnatoKarp, a registered advisory firm with $3 billion in assets under management, from the Index Group in Colorado, where she was chief compliance officer.

In Atlanta, healthcare technology firm Ciox has named Adeleke “Leke” Adesida senior vice president and chief compliance officer. Adesida previously worked at Anthem, where he was deputy chief information security officer and helped Anthem achieve its HITRUST certification.

Columbia Bank, a community bank based in Tacoma, Wash., has promoted Lisa Dow to chief risk officer, a new role at the bank. Dow previously had been a senior vice president and senior credit administrator at Columbia.

James Mathis has been named chief compliance officer for UW Medicine, the academic healthcare system of the University of Washington. Mathis comes to UW from Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where he had been chief compliance officers since 2014. Vanderbilt says Mathis’ job will managed on an interim basis by Christi Braun from the school’s office of legal affairs, and Bob Mangeot, a billing compliance officer, while a formal search is conducted.

Luis Ibarra, last seen in Panama working as country head of internal control and process for Sanofi, just turned up at Toronto Hydro in Ontario as an audit, risk, and compliance consultant.

Unicomer Group, a retail chain across Central America, has named Jhony Argueta regional auditor and data analyst. Argueta comes to Unicomer from Avianca, a Latin American airline, where he was an internal control auditor.

Ivy Dai has been named chief compliance officer at First Commercial Bank in New York. Dai comes to FCB from Bank of China, where she was an assistant vice president in charge of Bank Secrecy Act compliance since 2015.

Capital One has promoted Abedin Astafa, from senior director and head of AML advisory group there, to vice president of the AML advisory group. Astafa has been with Capital Once since 2014. We can guess what’s in his wallet.

Garineh Dovletian has been named vice president of legal and compliance for Pernix Therapeutics in Morristown, N.J. Dovletian previously worked as senior vice president for pricing and government affairs at The Medicines Company, where she had worked in various roles since 2009.


We note the passing of William McDonough, who died Monday at the age of 83. McDonough was the first chairman of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, serving from 2003 to 2005. Prior to that, he spent 10 years as president of the New York Fed from 1993 to 2003 — meaning he led the bank through the Sept. 11 attacks and the near-death experience of Long-Term Capital Management in 1998.

Ruth Jones is celebrating one year as vice president of compliance for mortgage products at Citigroup.

Sylvie Kande de Beaupuy just reached her first anniversary as head of the ethics committee at Alstom.

And all you compliance professionals in Boston, don’t forget Radical Compliance’s own Boston Compliance Meetup on Feb. 6, in Waltham, Mass. All are welcome, admission is free, but please register on EventBrite so we can warn the bartender on crowd size.

Vendors & Service Providers

Merger alert: Ankura, a compliance consulting firm based in Washington, has acquired Aegis Compliance & Ethics, another consulting firm that provides boutique service for healthcare compliance matters. Technically they’re calling it a “combination” but Aegis’ website proudly announces “Aegis is now Ankura” so there you go.

Capital Forensics, one of those data analysis and expert witness shops that financial firms call when they’re in a jam, has named John Ivan a managing director. Ivan most recently was chief compliance officer at Raymond James.

Open Req Orders

Morgan Stanley is looking for a group anti-corruption manager. Job is based in New York.

PwC is looking for a “threat intel manager” for its cybersecurity team, which sounds totally badass except you have to work at a Big 4 firm. Job is based in Washington.

Boeing is looking for a lead ethics adviser for Europe, Russia, and Israel. Job is based in London.

Compliance Meme of the Week

We all know you saw this and immediately thought of your assistant VP of sales.


That’s all for the week ending Jan. 26. Enjoy the weekend, and drop me a line at [email protected] or find me on LinkedIn with news. If you have a tip or want to brag about your new job, promotion, career milestone, or anything else, 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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