Compliance Jobs Report: Jan. 25

Another Compliance Jobs Report full of news. We have compliance officers on the move at Wex, ON Semiconductor, Conduent, and a few biotech firms. The controller at Vertex Pharmaceuticals got promoted because the CFO got sacked. Uber is recruiting for its compliance function, as is the NFL. And our Meme of the Week goes out to all you investigations aficionados.

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

NewBridge Global Ventures, a legalized weed business in California (looks like they develop technologies to extract cannabis oil from the bud or something), has named Patrick Tang chief compliance officer and Sandra Ribble corporate controller.

Wex, an online payments processor, has named Timo Dijkstra head of compliance for Europe and Asia-Pacific. Dijkstra comes to Wex from BitPay, a cryptocurrency shop, where he had worked in various compliance roles for four years.

Tom Behan has been named head of compliance for Helsinn Therapeutics, a New Jersey company working in cancer treatments. Behan was previously head of commercial compliance for Collegium Pharmaceutical.

Vertex Pharmaceuticals just gave a battlefield promotion to controller and chief accounting officer Paul Silva, now the company’s interim CFO. He replaces Vertex’s previous interim CFO, Ian Smith — who has been fired for undisclosed personal misconduct. We can only speculate what that misconduct might be, but Vertex says it has nothing to do with company finances, and it still expects to report 2018 results as scheduled on Feb. 5.

compliance jobsDRINKS, a “digital wine technology platform” that ships bottles of wine to your house, promoted Kelly Martin to chief compliance officer. Martin has been with DRINKS since 2016.

Citi has hired Jayesh Solanki as a compliance specialist working in its India offices. Solanki comes to Citi from Bank of America, where he spent two years as a team lead in trade surveillance and financial crime compliance.

In Phoenix, Anne Takher has been named senior director of ethics and compliance for ON Semiconductor. Takher comes to ON from Intel, where she had spent eight years as associate director for ethics and lega compliance.

Conduent, a technology firm spun off from Xerox that manages digital transactions (think management mortgage payments or automated toll booths), has named Brian Clayton chief compliance officer. Clayton has been with the firm since 2003, most recently as chief privacy officer.

Deb Saunders has been named controller at QualiChem in Salem, Virginia. She previously was senior financial manager at Virginia Transformer Corp.

Sarah Whipple has been promoted to vice president of legal and chief compliance officer at Akebia Therapeutics, a life sciences firm here in Boston. Whipple has been with Akebia since 2016, and previously was senior corporate and compliance counsel.

Yellowstone Capital, a fintech startup based in New York, has named Tangela Griffin chief compliance officer. Griffin previously worked as a compliance examiner at Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and as deputy compliance officer at Citibank.

S&T Bank, a community bank in Indiana, Penn., has promoted Sandy Loperfito to deputy chief risk officer. She will assist S&T’s chief risk officer in designing and managing the bank’s enterprise risk management program. Loperfito has been with S&T for 28 years.

And some news from regulator world: Chris D’Angelo, a long-time staffer at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and associate director for supervision and enforcement, is leaving the agency. Word is that D’Angelo will take some senior role with New York state attorney general Letitia James.


Robert Thomas is celebrating one year as director of environmental compliance at Sysco.

Mary Ann Suda is celebrating 10 years at UPMC Health, in various compliance roles over the years. She’s been senior administrator for regulatory compliance since 2016.

Vendors and Service Providers

Hanzo, a technology firm that sells e-discovery software, just released its latest database product, Hanzo Dynamic Archive.

Open Req Orders

Remember we mentioned three weeks ago that the chief ethics & compliance officer at Stanford University was moving into a new role? Well, Stanford is indeed now recruiting for a replacement. Job is billed as “chief ethics & compliance officer” although the description makes it seem more a senior manager for ethics and compliance. Hmmm.

National Football League is looking for a director of compliance. Job is based in New York. Unclear how the candidate should handle something like that blown New Orleans Saints call.

Uber is recruiting for an ethics and compliance program manager, as it continues to build out its compliance program. Job is in San Francisco.

Meme of the Week

That’s all for the week ending Jan. 25. As always — 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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