Compliance Jobs Report: June 19

The Compliance Jobs Report this week has new compliance hires at LEGO, Takeda, AbbVie, Tractor Supply Co., and others. We also have a slew of internal promotions, and one former CCO moving ahead with a False Claims Act case against his old employer. A few job openings too, and our Meme of the Week goes out to Jean-Luc Picard. 

As always, thank you 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 with the LEGO Group — yes, the kingpin player in the toy block business — which has promoted Dena Wixley to head of corporate compliance. Wixley has been with LEGO since 2014, and previously was head of legal compliance. 

Healthcare giant Centene Corp. has named Robert Nolan vice president of regulatory affairs and chief compliance officer for the Kentucky market. Nolan has been with Centene in various roles for eight years, and previously had been vice president for product compliance and governance. 

And just north of Nolan, the hospital system Ascension has named MaryAnn Northrup senior director of compliance for Indiana. Northrup had previously been director of compliance for St. Vincent’s Health, a subsidiary of Ascension, in Indianapolis. 

Compliance just promoted Guillem Casoliva Cabana, from senior compliance associate to compliance manager for the EMEA region. He’s based in Manchester, U.K. and has been with Booking since 2014. 

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation has named Maria Buccieri chief compliance officer. Buccieri comes to MassDOT from Centerville Bank in Rhode Island, where she had been chief compliance officer and head of risk management. 

Regina Morano has been named chief regulatory and compliance officer for Cordant Health Solutions in Washington, D.C. Morano had been working at law firm Liles Parker for a few years, and prior to that was head of legal and compliance for National Spine & Pain Centers

In Eugene, Oreg., Richard Plott is the new executive director for institutional effectiveness at Lane Community College. Plott previously was a director of assessment, planning, and effectiveness at Texas Southern University

Jill Atstupenas just turned up at pharmaceutical firm Takeda, where she is a senior manager for ethics and compliance. Atstupenas comes to Takeda from Oxford Immunotec, where she had been senior manager for global compliance. 

JC Penney has promoted Kristine Glaser from audit senior director to senior director of financial accounting and reporting. Glaser has been with JCP — for 27 years!  — starting as a financial analyst intern and working her way up ever since. 

Discover Financial Services has hired Ruthann Redmon to be senior manager of its fair banking program. Redmon had been working as a solo banking compliance consultant for a year, and prior to that had been senior vice president for fair lending at BBVA Compass

Philadelphia-based Ivy Rehab Physical Therapy has named Margarita Derelanko director of compliance. Derelanko comes to the rehab group from ComplyAssistant, where she had been working as a consultant. 

Meredith Kristoffersen has a new role at Yara International, the agribusiness giant based in Norway. Kristoffersen is moving from regional compliance officer for North America to be compliance officer for Yara Farming Solutions. She has been with the company in various roles since 2013.

Elastic, a maker of software for data search and analysis, has promoted Lech Choroszucha to chief ethics and compliance officer. Choroszucha joined the company last September as corporate counsel. 

Ruchi Shah has joined AbbVie as compliance manager, based in New Jersey. Shah comes to AbbVie from Allergan, where she had been manager of compliance investigations. 

Cheryl Kondra has joined Tractor Supply Co. as vice president of internal audit. Kondra had previously spent a year as head of internal audit for Genting Americas, and earlier in her career was head of audit and compliance for Pinnacle Entertainment.

Natura & Co., the Brazilian firm that acquired Avon last year, continues to solidify its ethics and compliance leadership. The company just named Rochelle Mello head of ethics and compliance for North America; until now, she had been Avon’s head of investigations and senior compliance counsel. Earlier this year Natura had named Richard Davies vice president for ethics and compliance

In Brazil, the startup financial firm Social Bank has named Helena Vasconcellos head of ethics, compliance, risk, and data protection. Vasconcellos will be in charge of building the bank’s first GRC function. She had been a privacy consultant in the Sao Paolo area.

Community West Bank, a community bank in Goleta, Calif., has named Shawn Kirshner chief risk officer. He’ll oversee the bank’s risk management, compliance, and audit teams. Kirshner comes to the bank from Opus Bank in nearby Irvine, Calif., where he had been chief compliance officer. 

Mikael Eliasson has left his job as ethics and compliance officer for Telia, the Swedish telecommunications company, after a round of cost-cutting. Eliasson had been with Telia in various roles for 20 years, and had worked in the ethics and compliance function since 2013. Says he’s now looking for fresh opportunities

And Allscripts, the healthcare IT business, is promoting compliance chief Tejal Vakharia to general counsel, effective next week. She succeeds Brian Farley, who is leaving the company. Vakharia has been with Allscripts since 2011. 


Not quite sure where else to put this item, so here it goes: the Justice Department has joined a False Claims Act lawsuit filed by Charles Wolf, former chief compliance officer for Merit Medical. Wolf, who worked as CCO of Merit from 2011 to 2015, is accusing the company of physician kickbacks. You can read the complaint if you like. So drinks are on this guy when the case gets settled in, like, 2026 or so. 

Angela Magee is celebrating one year as compliance investigations officer at Tenet Health

Vendors & Service Providers

ISACA, the professional association for IT auditors, just presented its board of directors for 2020-21. Tracey Dedrick, former head of enterprise risk management for Santander North America and these days a corporate board director, will serve as board chair.

Open Req Orders

Unity Technologies is looking for a senior compliance counsel. Job is based in Austin, Texas.

McKesson is seeking a vice president of compliance and transformation. Job is based in Atlanta, so if you’re elsewhere you may need to transform your location. 

And remember Mercy Corps, which advertised a chief compliance officer opening last month? Also now seeking a global HR investigations team manager

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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