Compliance Jobs Report: May 15

Another busy Compliance Jobs Report this week. News from Wirecard, Wedbush Securities, Getinge, Sandoz, Allianz, Nike, and many more. We also have a few work anniversaries to note, a job opening of particular interest to moms, and our Meme of the Week goes out to policy management mavens.

A special thanks this week to all the compliance people sending me tips and links to keep this report going. We need your help to make the Report work, so send me some news! If you have a tip to pass along, email me at [email protected] or find me on LinkedIn.

Compliance Jobs News

We begin at Wirecard, the embattled European money transfer business under investigation by numerous regulators for sketchy accounting. The company just named James Freis chief compliance officer, effective July 1. Freis comes to Wirecard from Deutsche Borse, where he had been chief compliance officer since 2014; and he also served as director of FinCEN in the United States 2007 to 2012. He’ll certainly have plenty to do when he starts. 

The University of Nebraska just announced that it is eliminating its chief compliance officer role as part of budget cuts, as well as an internal auditor job that has been vacant for a while anyway. Unclear what this means for Pete Jeyaram, who has been the university’s chief compliance officer since 2019. The cuts are in response to the Covid-19 crisis. I will be sending my forthcoming white paper on the dangers of cutting compliance during times of difficulty to the university president.

Wedbush Securities has named Michael McMaster its new chief compliance officer. McMaster comes to Wedbush after 10 years at BNY Mellon, where he was managing director and chief compliance officer for various BNY divisions over the years. He will report to general counsel Andrew Druch, a reporting relationship Radical Compliance frowns upon just in principle. 

In Zug, Switzerland, medical device company Getinge has named Babila Gipponi head of ethics and compliance for the company’s European operations. Gipponi previously worked at Zimmer Biomet, where he had been associate director of compliance for the EMEA region since 2017. 

And up the road in Basel, Switzerland, Sandoz has named Emilio Rubio its head of ethics, risk, and compliance. Rubio had been senior vice president of global audit at Panalpina before that. 

Maria Monica Morris has joined BHP as principal investigator for South America, based in Colombia. Morris comes to BHP from Orica, the explosives maker, where she had been regional ethics and compliance manager. has promoted Linda Fry, from senior manager of the trust office to senior manager of enterprise risk management. 

The Mines Advisory Group, a nonprofit dedicated to removing unexploded ordnance from war-torn regions, has tapped Simon Hall as head of financial compliance. Hall had been taking a career break for the last year or so, and prior to that had been a senior leader in ethics and compliance at BP for six years. Kudos to Hall for doing this work.

Didn’t notice this until now, but Catherine Berg joined Wells Fargo a few weeks ago as senior counsel in the bank’s enterprise risk, regulatory, and audit division. Berg previously worked at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota as manager of compliance and regulatory affairs. 

Liz Bufarah has a new role as ethics and compliance senior counsel at AmBev, the Brazilian subsidiary of AB InBev. Bufarah previously worked directly for AB InBev as global ethics and compliance manager. 

Also in Brazil, energy company Total has promoted Ulisses Martins from corporate governance vice president to compliance and ethics country director. Martin has been with Total in various roles for 12 years. 

Nike (they make sneakers) has given Anne DeTraglia a new role as senior director of integrated advisory services. DeTraglia has been with Nike for three years, and previously was senior director of fraud risk management. 

Insurance giant Allianz is moving around its top compliance and audit executives. Herve Gloaguen, global head of internal audit, will become group chief compliance officer effective next week. And vice-versa, group chief compliance officer Jeannine Bartmann will move into Gloaguen’s old job as chief compliance officer. 

Nigerian financial firm Sterling Bank has promoted Matthias Togunde, from IT governance and compliance staffer to team lead for IT governance and compliance. 

Galapagos, which is actually a biotech company based in Belgium, has named Ilse De Vocht director of compliance operations. De Vocht joins Galapagos from Takeda, where she had been head of ethics and compliance for the firm’s Belgium operations. 

Cosmetics business Coty has promoted Juliana Rodrigues, from regional compliance officer for Latin America to compliance director for the whole Americas region. 

Meredith Trabinska has moved up the ladder at GSK, from senior manager of global procurement policy, risk, and compliance; to senior manager of global ethics and compliance. She has been with GSK since last summer. 

At Commerzbank in Germany, Anne-Christine Wegener has a rather mysterious new title as “manager representatives offices.” We don’t know exactly what that entails, but Wegener had been head of anti-corruption compliance at the bank for several years, so she’s presumably still doing something along those lines. 

Alexandra Maddy has joined the CDC Group, an investment firm in London, as head of business integrity. Maddy comes to CDC from KPMG, where she had been a director in the risk consulting and corporate intelligence practice. 

AbbVie has named Enrique Emeric director of compliance. Emeric previously worked at Allergan, where he was director of U.S. compliance. He’s based in New Jersey. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. 

Phong Le has joined Novaland Group, a real estate development firm in Vietnam, as head of risk management, AML, and compliance. Le joins Novaland from AAA Insurance Corp. (the Vietnamese subsidiary of IAG Australia), where he had been head of risk management, compliance, and audit. 

And here in Boston, the Village Bank has promoted Lisa Boccabella from vice president for BSA compliance and fraud to senior vice president for enterprise risk management. 


Nicole Davis is celebrating one year at Charles Schwab, where she is senior manager for first line risk. 

Deena King just hit one year as chief compliance officer at University of Texas at Tyler

Vivek Shah is celebrating one year as risk and compliance manager at HP in India. 

Lily Shen is celebrating five years at Fresenius Medical Care, where she is head of compliance for China. 

Vendors & Service Providers

Sepideh Behram Rowland has joined K2 Intelligence as vice president and head of managed services. Rowland had been vice president of BSA compliance at Burke & Herbert Bank, and prior to that was chief compliance officer at The Bancorp. 

Open Req Orders

Cox Enterprises is looking for a vice president of fraud strategy, operations, and compliance. Job is based in Atlanta. 

Also in Atlanta, Assurant Corp. is looking for a director of global trade compliance

And The Mom Project, which is a financial services firm based in New York, is seeking a vice president of compliance. Now I’m picturing my mom working in compliance and it’s weird. 

Compliance Meme of the Week

That’s all for this week. 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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