Compliance Jobs Report: Feb. 5

A huge Compliance Jobs Report this week, as folks settle into new roles for 2021. We have departures from Petrobras and AARP; promotions at Pepsico, VEON, and others; and a flock of compliance officer moves in Europe. We have job openings from Florida to Illinois to Missouri, and don’t forget our Meme of the Week!

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 Petrobras, the Brazilian oil giant that has given us so many teachable moments in corporate corruption over the years. Word around Rio de Janeiro is that the company’s chief compliance officer, Marcelo Zenkner, decided not to renew his contract and is leaving his job next month for personal reasons. Zenkner joined Petrobras in 2019, and is the third CCO to depart the business in three years. The company is now looking for a successor.

Next, a notable move here in the United States: Ellen Hunt, one of the most delightful people in the compliance business, has left her job as head of compliance and audit at the AARP after 10 years. Hunt is now vice president of compliance operations and chief privacy officer at LifePoint Health in Chicago. She continues to be one of the most delightful people around.

Pepsico is promoting its chief ethics and compliance officer, David Flavell, to be general counsel effective March 1. He succeeds David Yawman, who is leaving the soda maker after 22 years. Fun fact: Yawman had also been Pepsi’s chief ethics and compliance officer for several years in the mid-2010s. We mourn Flavell defecting to legal, but applaud Pepsi’s habit of promoting from within.

Now back to Brazil. Trench Rossi Watanabe, a prominent legal services firm in Sao Paolo, has named Gustavo Biagioli chief compliance officer and legal director. That is, he’ll be running the firm’s internal compliance function, not just selling compliance services. Biagioli joins Trench Rossi from Demarest Advogados, another prominent Brazilian law firm, where he also had been chief compliance officer. 

And one more from Sao Paolo: Silvia Harumi Yamaguro has joined SumUp, a fintech firm dabbling in payments for small businesses, as anti-money laundering manager. She comes to SumUp from Cartão Elo, another cleverly named payments firm, where she had been a compliance specialist in charge of AML compliance policies. 

Qualcomm, a global powerhouse in the semiconductor industry, has named Amy Papendorf director of export compliance. Papendorf comes to the company from Ernst & Young (I still can’t call the firm EY), where she spent the last four years as a senior manager in the global trade practice.

CoorsTek, a maker of industrial ceramics (descended from the same family that founded the Molson Coors beer empire; but not any nifty high-tech beer startup), tapped Kathryn Marturano to be director of compliance. Marturano joins CoorsTek after six years as a solo corporate compliance consultant. 

Adriana Davies has a new role within the Medtronic empire. Davies is now senior compliance officer for surgical innovations, renal care solutions, and robotics; for the last five years, she had been senior compliance director for Medtronics’ minimally invasive therapies group. She’s based in Connecticut.

Joanne Wallington has joined Kapitus, a small business financing outfit, as deputy general counsel. Wallington comes to Kapitus after nearly three years as chief audit executive at the DC Housing Authority in Washington. 

Axis Bank, one of the largest banks in India, has promoted Ramasubramanian V to compliance and risk officer, working from the bank’s headquarters in Gujarat province. He had been head of operations and compliance monitoring for Axis’ Hong Kong operations. 

Deborah Dansker has joined Merck & Co. (or technically, “MSD,” as Merck is known outside North America) as an associate director and compliance officer in Argentina. Dansker comes to Merck from Novartis (which is known as Novartis everywhere), where she had been a compliance manager and “third-party risk manager champion.”  

Now a string of announcements out of Europe…

In London, Russell Barr has joined engineering and construction firm Skanska as ethics and compliance officer. He’ll be implementing and overseeing a compliance program for SCS Railways, a joint venture among Skanska, the Costain Group, and Strabag. Barr comes to the project after a few months at consulting firm Stratos Investigations, and prior to that he was head of compliance for the Hyve Group.

British-Arab Commercial Bank has hired Clare Wilson as head of anti-financial crime and money-laundering reporting officer. Wilson previously worked at HSBC in various roles for six years, most recently as director of the office of the group MLRO. 

Domestic & General, an appliance care business based in London, has hired Elena Alert as compliance manager for the Iberia region. (That’s France, Spain, and Portugal, for all you who snoozed through middle school geography class.) Alert comes to D&G from BNP Paribas, where she had been a compliance officer based in Madrid.

European telecommunications firm VEON has named Daniel Jarman its permanent new group head of ethics and compliance. Jarman had been the interim head of compliance since last March, and joined VEON in 2017.

Calamatta Cuschieri, a large financial services firm in Malta, has named Claudi Rossi head of compliance. Rossi comes to Calamatta from Ferratum Bank, where she had been head of credit risk. 

Megan Olson has been promoted at Coloplast, from North America compliance officer to global compliance officer; she’ll also be moving to Coloplast’s global headquarters in Denmark. Olson has been with Coloplast for 18 months.

European home goods retailer Kingfisher has given Ross Finlayson a new role as chief audit executive. Finlayson has been with Kingfisher since 2017, and previously had been head of audit, offer, and supply chain. 

Volkswagen has re-assigned Elisabeth Neckel, from product compliance manager to a member of the governance, strategy, integrity and legal affairs team. Neckel has been with Volkswagen since last spring. 

And TechData has promoted Clara Becerra Campos, from compliance coordinator to compliance analyst. She is also relocating from Madrid to Vienna. 

That’s Europe. Now a few more from the United States… 

Spearhead, a wealth management firm in Florida for “ultra-high net worth investors” (so, not me), has named Alyson Kest chief compliance officer and deputy general counsel. Kest joined Spearhead from WBI Investments in New Jersey, where she had been chief compliance officer.  

Whitney Snardon has joined HCA Healthcare in Chattanooga, Tenn., as co-ethics and compliance officer and market associate administrator. She previously had been an operations leader in the neuroscience service line at Mercy Health

And Blake Monson is the new chief compliance officer at First Bank of the Lake, a community bank in Osage Beach, Mo. Monson comes to the bank from Providence Bank, also in Missouri, where he had been a compliance and risk officer for five years. (The “lake” is Lake of the Ozarks; make your jokes about “Ozarks” to Monson directly.) 


One milestone this week: in Abu Dhabi, Ahmed al-Hammadi is celebrating one year as compliance counsel at Mubadala, the sovereign wealth fund.

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TAMKO, the building products company, is looking for a chief ethics and compliance officer. Job is based in Joplin, Mo. 

Arthrex is looking for a North America compliance manager. Job is based in Naples, Fla. 

Caterpillar is recruiting a division risk and compliance officer, to head up compliance within the company’s enterprise strategy division. Reports into the chief ethics and compliance officer. Job is based in Peoria, Ill.

Compliance Meme of the Week

That’s all for this week’s report.

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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