New head of compliance at Uber! New head of Criminal Division at the Justice Department! The Compliance Jobs Report also has several hires in the cryptocurrency world, notable CCOs leaving their jobs, an interesting job opening in the compliance-academic industrial complex, and our Meme of the Week goes out to all you privacy buffs. Read on…
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Compliance Jobs News
Oh, so that’s where Scott Schools ended up: he’s the new chief compliance officer at Uber. Schools left the Justice Department last week after years as a top aide to deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein.
Speaking of the Justice Department, it finally has a new head of the Criminal Division. The U.S. Senate confirmed Brian Benczkowski to be assistant attorney general, on a 51-48 vote along party lines. Benczkowski has no prosecutor experience, but previously worked in the Justice Department during the Bush Administration.
Scandal of the week goes to Anders Jorgensen, who just resigned as head of group compliance for Danske Bank. The bank is embroiled in a money laundering scandal where $8.3 billion of questionable payments through its Estonia branch are under scrutiny. Jorgensen says he departure has nothing to do with that. He had been chief compliance officer at the bank since 2014.
Stephen Boettinger recently left Harley-Davidson after 15 years at the company in various roles, including a stint in the mid-2010s where he built the company’s compliance program. Boettinger is now the new general counsel fat Rev Group, which makes buses and emergency vehicles. Pay no attention to his LinkedIn profile, which still lists him at Harley-Davidson. He’s at Rev.
J.D. DiThomas has joined Boston-based crypto finance firm Circle as lead compliance manager for payments. DiThomas previously was compliance director for Santander US for two years.
Also in the cryptocurrency world: Tether, a blockchain startup in the British Virgin Islands that tokenizes traditional currency, has named Leonardo Real chief compliance officer. Real previously was AML quality control manager for Bank of Montreal.
AT&T has named Margaret Peterlin head of external and legislative affairs — essentially, AT&T’s head of lobbying in Washington. She replaces. Robert Quinn, the clod who decided to hire Michael Cohen, personal lawyer to President Trump, for political advice. Quinn was pushed out once news of AT&T’s payments to Cohen became public. Peterlin comes to AT&T from the State Department, where she had been a top aide to former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.
Kevin Polite is leaving Entergy, where he had been chief compliance officer since April 2017, to join the law firm Morgan, Lewis & Bockius. (Entergy is a Morgan Lewis client, by the way.) Prior to joining Entergy, Polite had been U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Louisiana.
Romania’s top anti-corruption prosecutor, Laura Codruta Kovesi, has been fired. Kovesi had won praise around the EU for her high conviction rates, especially for lawmakers and other public officials. The Justice Ministry claimed she exceeded her authority and gave Romania a bad image. Seems like the Justice Ministry just gave Romania a bad image all by itself.
In London, investment research firm Third Bridge has hired Corey Lawson as chief compliance officer. Lawson comes to the firm after a decade at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, most recently working in the Asset Management unit.
And Pablo Quiñones is stepping down as executive director of the Program on Corporate Compliance and Enforcement at New York University to start his own law practice. Quiñones only joined PCCE in February; prior to that, he had been deputy chief of the Fraud Section at the Justice Department.
PCCE is searching for Quiñones’ replacement, by the way. Successful candidates should have a law degree and the patience to work in higher education. I have neither, so I’m out.
Cibele Fernandes is celebrating one year as compliance director for Pfizer in Sao Paulo.
Joseph Tobing is celebrating one year as head of legal and contracts for Borr Drilling in Dubai.
Gwendolyn Hassan, managing counsel for compliance and ethics at CNH Industrial, has won the 2018 First Chair Award for outstanding compliance counsel.
Vendors & Service Providers
Mike Nohrden just took over as CEO of Audit Analytics, a financial research firm based in suburban Boston. Nohrden had been COO of the firm since 2005.
Open Req Orders
Nordstrom is looking for a senior internal auditor. Job based at its Seattle headquarters.
Lupin Pharmaceuticals needs a manager of compliance operations and audit. Job is based in Naples, Fla.
And New York City is looking for a chief forensic auditor to work in its Department of Investigations.
Compliance Meme of the Week
That’s all for the week ending July 13. 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.