Compliance Jobs Report: April 27

The Compliance Jobs Report this week has personnel moves at JBS, Celanese Corp., Maersk, Xerox, SASB, and many more. Plus two career achievement awards (one for compliance, one for audit), a few job openings, and our Meme of Week goes out to all you compliance officers trying to monitor suspicious transactions. 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

Meat-processing company JBS USA (yes, the U..S. subsidiary of JBS in Brazil, a past target of corruption probes), has named Lance Kotschwar head of ethics and compliance for North America, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. Kotschwar will report to company president and CEO Andre Nogueira. Prior to joining JBS, Kotschwar headed ethics, compliance and government affairs for the Gavilon Group.

Benita M. Casey has been promoted to chief accounting officer at Celanese Corp. Casey began working for the company as vice president, finance and controller in January. Casey replaces Kevin Oliver, who is becoming the CFO of the company’s European headquarters.

In Dallas, Craig James is the new chief audit executive for JC Penney. James previously was a principal at the consulting firm James Peak Advisory.

Jennifer Aikins-Appiah, one of the nicest data protection professionals in London, has been promoted to group data protection manager for the Close Brothers. She previously worked as a data protection officer in the company’s asset finance and leasing group.

Compliance jobsAlexander Ghazvinian has been named chief compliance officer of Maersk in the Netherlands. Prior to this role Ghazvinian was the CCO for APM Terminals, the global terminal operator for Maersk.

Mutual of Omaha has hired Johnathan Randle as chief compliance officer. Randle previously worked for North Texas Speciality Physicians as vice president of corporate compliance. No word on whether he gets a complete DVD set of “Wild Kingdom” as part of the hiring package.

Michael Gallo just left his job at Xerox as senior corporate counsel, where he handled many compliance and investigation issues during 14 years at the company. Gallo moved to VAR Technology Finance, where he is general counsel.

LEO Pharma has promoted Aleksej Daineko to be head of regional compliance and quality assurance. Daineko joined the Denmark-based company in 2016, most recently working as regional quality assurance and compliance manager.

Independent Health, a healthcare provider in Buffalo, promoted Nicole Britton to chief compliance officer. Britton joined the company in 2015 as program manager for regulatory compliance.

In the regulatory world, Jean Rogers is stepping down from her role as chair of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board. Rogers founded SASB in 2011 and served as CEO until last year. Jeffrey Hales, the board’s vice chair and an accounting professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology, will take her place.

And for observers of the Securities and Exchange Commission, we noticed that assistant White House press secretary Natalie Strom is leaving that post to work with SEC chairman Jay Clayton on economic and finance issues. We look forward to many more press releases.


Congratulations to Melissa Stapleton Barnes, the 2018 winner of the Ethics & Compliance Initiative’s Marshall Award for Innovation in Corporate Ethics. Barnes is chief ethics and compliance officer for Eli Lilly (and an ECI fellow). Barnes will accept her award at ECI’s annual conference next week, where yours truly will be hanging around to report news back to you.

The Institute of Internal Auditors, meanwhile, has inducted Larry Harrington into its American Hall of Distinguished Audit Practitioners. Harrington is vice president of internal audit for Raytheon and has been an advocate for the internal audit profession pretty much his whole career.

Chris DePippo is celebrating one year as vice president of ethics, audit, compliance and government affairs for DXC Technology.

Sindhu P. Kavinamannil is celebrating one year as compliance manager for Ingram Micro India.

Lizette Arias just reached one year at General Cable as global compliance director.

Deborah Hegarty is celebrating five years as vice president and senior risk manager for deposit operations at Citizens Financial Group.

Jim Wistman just hit five years at National Australia Bank as head of operational risk and compliance in the bank’s New York office.

Vendors & Service Providers

Merger alert: Vistra, a Hong Kong firm that helps companies expand internationally, has agreed to buy Radius, a consulting firm based in Boston that helps companies on compliance with international tax and incorporation obligations. Purchase price was not disclosed (I hate it when that happens). Stephen M. Chipman, CEO of Radius, will be managing director of Vistra’s international expansion services business. Radius had been owned by private equity firm Hg, which is the chemical symbol for mercury.

Open Req Orders

The MTA Metro-North Railroad in New York is seeking a manager of statistical analysis and compliance. Good news is you might get to work with Lamond Kearse, chief compliance officer for the MTA, who’s great. Bad news is you might need to ride the Metro-North, which is not.

Comcast is hiring a senior auditor of financial operations.

Compliance Meme of the Week

Had lunch with a compliance officer this week who told me she has seen this in practice.

That’s all for the week ending April 27. Enjoy the weekend, and if you have a tip or want to brag about your new job, promotion, career milestone, or anything else, 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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