Compliance Jobs Report: June 8

Lot of news in the Compliance Jobs Report this week! We have a slew of personnel moves in the financial sector, from Goldman Sachs to BBVA, Optima Partners to CNA. Panasonic Avionic’s CCO is retiring after its big settlement. We have a few cool job posts, and our Meme of the Week goes out to all you Cleveland Cavs fans. 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

First, a power move: Sylvie Kande de Beaupuy, group ethics and compliance officer of Airbus and independent board director at Alstom, has been nominated to the 11-member board of directors created by the merger of Siemens Mobility and Alstom. De Beaupuy is one of four independent board members proposed by Alstom. The appointments are subject to shareholder approval and completion of the merger.

We have a few data protection officers to announce. LinkedIn named Caroline Goulding the company’s DPO, based in Dublin; she previously was LinkedIn’s senior manager for trust and safety. Pharmaceutical giant AbbVie has named Andreas Hildrebrandt to the same role, based in Germany. Hildebrandt previously was a corporate compliance and data privacy manager for John Deere there. We thank the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation for making this news possible.

Compliance jobsBBVA Compass, the U.S. subsidiary of financial services firm BBVA, named Celie Niehaus as its chief compliance member and a member of its management committee. Prior to joining BBVA, Niehaus was chief compliance officer for Capital One. Niehaus will be based in Houston.

Chicago-based commercial insurer CNA has named Garrett Williams as senior vice president and chief compliance officer. Williams previously spent 20 years with State Farm in various compliance roles.

New York regulatory advisory firm Optima Partners announced that Alan Halfenger has joined the firm as partner. Halfenger previously was a partner with ACA Compliance Group in Boston and chief compliance officer at Bain Capital in Boston.

Michael Slover is now vice president of financial crimes compliance at Goldman Sachs. Slover comes to Goldman Sachs from Discover Financial Services, where he was chief AML & financial crimes officer.

Berkshire Bank has promoted Sharon Blanchette to senior vice president for financial investigations and BSA officer. Blanchette joined the Western Massachusetts bank 18 months ago.

William Pizzichil has been promoted to executive vice president and chief compliance officer for Customers Bank, a regional community bank group based in Wyomissing, Penn. Pizzichil joined the bank in 2011.

Camille Glover is now vice president of compliance for Investment Management Corp. of Ontario, an asset management firm in Toronto. Glover previously was vice president of compliance and ethics for OMERS, the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System.

Phew, that’s a lot of financial services firms! Moving on…

Karyn Boston has been named general counsel of YMCA of the USA, the Chicago-based national resource office for all YMCAs. Boston had been chief compliance officer at Y-USA earlier in the 2010s, and most recently had been chief compliance and privacy officer at Florida International University in Miami.

Strategic Radiology, a coalition of 23 private radiology practices in Florida, named John Outlaw vice president of compliance. He previously was a compliance officer for McKesson Business Performance Solutions. Outlaw also has the coolest last name for this line of work since I met a fraud examiner with the last name “Graft” back in the 2000s.

Jennifer Ellison has joined Houston software firm Audimation Services as a data analytics consultant. Ellison previously worked at oilfield service company Baker Hughes as senior manager of legal compliance.

Rob Lindquist has retired from Panasonic Avionics Corp. in Lake Forest, Calif., after three years as chief compliance officer — and after helping to end a long-running Justice Department probe into FCPA violations the company made in the Asia markets in the 2000s. Here’s hoping Lindquist climbs Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa, which he told me several times that he’s always wanted to do.

The Financial Accounting Standards Board has named Eric West to its Emerging Issues Task Force. West, who spent 19 years with the Securities and Exchange Commission, is Amazon’s director of accounting policy.

The SEC, meanwhile, has named Valerie Szczepanik senior adviser all things cryptocurrency and digital innovation. She will also now be associate director of the Division of Corporation Finance. Szczepanik has been with the SEC since 1997, most recently as assistant director in the Division of Enforcement’s  cyber unit.

And American lawyer Lisa Osofsky has been named new director of Britain’s Serious Fraud Office. Osofsky, who holds dual U.S.-U.K. citizenship, will serve a five-year term, replaces interim director Mark Thompson, who will return to his old job as the SFO’s chief operating officer. The SFO’s previous full-time director, David Green, stepped down in April after six years. Osofsky begins Sept. 3.


Matthew Widick is celebrating one year as head of global data management with Barclays in London.

Edwin Cho is celebrating one year as head of investment banking compliance at Societe Generale in New York.

Katharina von Koeding is celebrating 10 years with Siemens in Germany. Von Koeding is currently global compliance and data privacy officer for Siemens Postal, Parcel & Airport Logistics.

Vendors & Service Providers

Bill Watts has been promoted to national retail industry practice leader at accounting firm Crowe Horwath in Columbus, Ohio.

PwC has named Wilson He risk assurance manager for Hong Kong and Mainland China.

LRN just released a new app. Catalyst Connect, that “answers employees’ ethical questions on demand.” I plan to ask the app what Kierkegaard means when he says that truth is subjectivity.

Workiva just launched a new data preparation product, Wdata, to complement its flagship Wdesk software for accounting and compliance. (Disclosure: I sometimes write guest posts for Workiva. They are just as awesome as my posts here.)

Open Req Orders

Citigroup is looking for a director of anti-bribery compliance. Job is based in Washington, D.C., which perhaps says something about the state of bribery these days.

Henry Schein (the company, not the man) is searching for a manager of compliance auditing and monitoring. Job is based in suburban New York.

State University System of Florida wants to hire an inspector general. Job is based in, well, you can guess…

Compliance Meme of the Week


The Cavs perhaps could do the same with Steph Curry.

That’s all for the week ending June 8. Have a good 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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