Juicy stuff in the Compliance Jobs report this week! Michigan State has named an interim compliance officer; Oklahoma University sacked its chief auditor. We have promotions at Juniper Networks and PayPal; departures from the Justice Department, Amazon, and Kemira, and more news beyond that! Plus our compliance Meme of the Week goes out to Johnny Depp fans.
Compliance Jobs News
We start with Michigan State University, still trying to recover from its scandal with MSU doctor and long-time child molester Larry Nassar. Last week the school announced it will create a new Office of Ethics, Risk Management, and Compliance; this week MSU said Nicholas Wittner, a law professor at the university, will fill that role on an interim basis until a permanent chief compliance officer is named. Earlier in his career Wittner helped to build the regulatory compliance program at Nissan North America.
Also in the collegiate sports world, the Big 12 athletic conference has promoted Jessica Hamm from assistant director to director of compliance and governance. The conference also named Steve Pace to the newly created position of corporate compliance officer.
Anne Daly has changed job titles from chief compliance officer to chief compliance and integrity officer for Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. Daly has worked there since 2016.
Jacksonville State University has promoted Jim Brigham to vice president, chief financial and administrative officer. Brigham had been chief audit executive at the university since 2016, and some of you may remember him from his seven years at Petco as head of audit and compliance in the 2000s and early 2010s. No word from JSU yet about who might replace Brigham as CAE.
Oklahoma University, meanwhile, just sacked its chief audit executive Clive Mander. His departure was part of a larger housecleaning by new OU president James Gallogly. He sent at least a half-dozen financial and administrative officials packing.
Networking firm Juniper Networks has promoted Bill Burtis to senior director of its integrity & compliance group. Burtis is based in Paris. He has been with Juniper since 2016 and previously worked in legal and compliance duties for HP’s Europe operations.
In Washington, D.C., the Government Publishing Office has named Melinda Miguel inspector general. Miguel previously was deputy inspector general for the Architect of the Capitol, and earlier in her career was inspector general for the state of Florida.
Lacey Daugherty has a new job as compliance officer for North America for medical device firm Teleflex. Daugherty, based in Austin, Texas. previously was Apollo Endosurgery’s director of compliance.
In Moscow, Nina Balinova has a new job with Syngenta as business process analyst for legal operations. Balinova has worked for the agrochemical company in various compliance roles since 2012.
Jonathan Gallimore has left his job as compliance officer for Amazon’s Japan operations. He held that role for 14 months, and previously worked at HSBC. Based in Tokyo.
Niina Ratsula has left Kemira, a Finnish chemicals company where she held various audit, ethics, and compliance roles since 2012, to start her own consulting firm Code of Conduct Co. — which we will totally call CoCoCo until told otherwise. She is based in Helsinki.
Tim Murphy has a new assignment at PayPal, working in its “Center of Excellence” for global controls. Murphy has been with PayPal since 2014.
And we have several bits of news from the government sector…
First, the U.S. Senate plans to hold a confirmation vote next week for Brian Benczkowski to be assistant attorney general for the Criminal Division of the Justice Department. Benczkowski’s nomination has been held up for more than a year, and critics complain that he (a) has no experience prosecuting crimes; and (b) once represented the Russian Alfa Bank, which is under scrutiny as part of special counsel Robert Muller’s probe.
If Benczkowski gets confirmed — and let’s be honest, Republicans are going to confirm him — he would also be in line to fire Mueller, should President Trump ever give that order and deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein then refuses to carry it out. It remains unclear whether Benczkowski really wants that as the first line of his obituary, which it most certainly would be.
Meanwhile, associate deputy attorney general Scott Schools, a key aide to Rosenstein, is leaving the Justice Department for the private sector. Schools has been an important ethics adviser on numerous high-profile cases in recent years, including the Mueller probe. Word is Schools is not being pushed out, or leaving amid some disagreement with Rosenstein. He genuinely does just want to make gobs of money in the private sector.
And Tatiana Martins, who led the investigation of Trump lawyer Michael Cohen, is leaving her post as head of the public corruption unit for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in New York. Martins is joining the law firm Davis Polk & Wardwell. She will be replaced by her former deputy, Russell Capone.
No milestones this week! Somebody please have a work anniversary or win an award or something.
Vendors & Service Providers
London-based compliance software firm Gresham Technologies has acquired B2 Group, a cash and payments software firm based in Luxembourg. All the firm’s leadership team and staff are now part of Gresham.
Open Req Orders
Merck & Co. is seeking an international legal and compliance counsel. Job is based in New Jersey.
Los Angeles Unified School District is seeking a deputy inspector general. If you’re not sure where the job is based, don’t apply.
Real estate firm CBRE is seeking a senior SOX IT associate. Job is based in Dallas.
Compliance Meme of the Week
That’s all for the week ending July 6. Enjoy the weekend, especially if you’ve been taking time off since July 4!
Remember, 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.