Compliance Jobs Report: July 27

The Compliance Jobs Report this week has new compliance appointments at KPMG, the New York City Housing Authority, Assurant, O2, and elsewhere; a new head of audit at Signet Jewelers; and a Vancouver energy firm just made the kookiest CCO appointment we’ve seen in ages. Plus our Meme of the Week dedicated to all you SOX auditors.

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 begin at the White House. The top counsel in the West Wing in charge of ethics — no, seriously, they have one — apparently is planning to resign by end of summer. Deputy counsel Stefan Passantino has been with the Trump Administration since January 2017, and now seems ready to exit. No word on where his next stop might be.

Meanwhile, Ondray Harris, head of the Office of Federal Contractor Compliance Programs, is stepping down after only eight months on the job. No word on why Harris is leaving, although his LinkedIn profile rather shamelessly admits he is looking for in-house counsel opportunities. His role at OFCCP will be filled on an interim basis by Craig Leen, whose title has been upgraded from senior adviser to deputy director.

The New York City Housing Authority just named Vilma Huertas chief compliance officer. Huertas, who joined the agency in 1994, has been corporate secretary there since 2005.

The British wing of KPMG has named Mary O’Connor to the new position of chief risk officer. O’Connor will head up both risk and legal operations, which previously had been separate, and will have seats on the executive committee and the U.K. board. O’Connor is leaving her post as head of client and business development for insurance broker Willis Towers Watson in London.

You gotta wonder about this one: Delta Oil & Gas, an energy holding company based in Vancouver, just named a 31-year-old doctor of osteopathic medicine as its chief compliance officer. The new CCO is Jordan Balencic, who had been running ERApeutics, a company in Lancaster, Pa., that develops brain supplements. This appointment certainly makes my head hurt.

In Cincinnati, Signet Jewelers has hired Athena Avgousti-Bauer as vice president for internal audit. Avgousti-Bauer was Macy’s vice president for internal audit prior to joining Signet.

Deborah Carlino is the new chief compliance and privacy officer for Sema4, a health information company in Stamford, Conn. Carlino previously worked for Rutgers University as director of healthcare compliance and audit.

John Pawloski has been named chief compliance officer for insurance firm Assurant Inc. He replaces Doris Vigo, who is retiring. Pawloski, who will be based in Atlanta, previously was CCO for USAA’s Enterprise Staff Agencies group.

Paul Asare-Archer has been promoted from head of compliance to director of compliance with O2 (Telefónica UK) in England. He has worked for the company since 2012.

Nadine Naji has joined Chanel as legal counsel for Middle East and India in Dubai. Naji previously worked for Novartis in Dubai as head of legal and compliance in the region. Hmmm, access to fashion or access to pills — I can’t decide which is better.

Louis Chow has been appointed to the Financial Reporting Council in Hong Kong. Chow is head of risk and compliance for China Silk Road International Capital Ltd.

The Securities and Exchange Commission named Kristin Snyder deputy director of the Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations. Snyder, who joined the SEC in 2003, will continue in her previous roles as co-national associate director of OCIE’s investment investment adviser examination program and as associate regional director for examinations in the San Francisco office.

And we have another long-time senior staffer departing the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board. Deputy general counsel Michael Stevenson has left the agency, after 15 years at the PCAOB and 11 of them as deputy GC. Stevenson is the sixth senior staffer to leave since May 1, including his former boss Gordon Seymour, who peaced out as general counsel in May.


Congratulations to the Institute of Business Ethics and the Brazilian Ministry of Transparency and Comptroller General, which are the 2018 winners of the Society of Corporate Compliance & Ethics’ International Compliance & Ethics Award. They will be feted at SCCE’s annual conference in Las Vegas in October.

Peter Kalmbach is celebrating one year as HIPAA compliance manager at medical waste disposal company Stericycle in Indianapolis.

Andrew Baird is celebrating one year as global lead ombudsperson and compliance counsel at Baker Hughes.

Colin Olson is celebrating five years with Ally Financial. He’s currently a senior compliance analyst there working in Jacksonville, Fla .

Paula Leachman is celebrating 10 years with Columbus, Ohio-based Limited Brands as senior vice president for internal audit.

Vendors & Service Providers

Customer win! BasisCode Compliance says Penn Mutual Life Insurance has agreed to use its software to help with automation in Penn Mutual’s internal audit group.

Chicago-based LogicGate, which provides a GRC workflow automation software platform, has raised $7.5 million in venture capital. The company is hoping to add 50 new positions with the funding.

Thomson Reuters has announced that its Financial & Risk line of business will be rebranded as Refinitiv by the end of this year. This is part of Thomson’s partnership with private equity firm Blackstone, which took a 55 percent interest in Financial & Risk — er, Refinitiv — earlier this year.  

Open Req Orders

Anheuser-Busch InBev is hiring a global director of compliance and investigations. The job is based in New York.

Parker Drilling is looking for a compliance counsel. Job is based in Dubai.

The Society of Corporate Compliance & Ethics is soliciting nominations for its board of directors. The position is a three-year term, and nominations are due by July 31.

Compliance Meme of the Week

That’s all for the week ending July 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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