Compliance Jobs Report: Feb. 12

The Compliance Jobs Report this week has personnel moves all over the world: Italy, Argentina, Spain, Iceland, Nigeria, and even right here in the United States. Updates from the World Food Programme, Novartis, Volkswagen, Olympus Corp., Abercrombie & Fitch, and many more. Our Meme of the Week goes out to anyone dealing with data.

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 World Food Programme, where Kiko Harvey is stepping down as inspector general after four years in that role. Some of you may recall Harvey’s name from earlier in her career; she had previously been chief audit executive at Delta Airlines and at Starbucks before that. The World Food Programme is conducting a search for her successor. 

Michelle Rigby has joined LifePoint Health as head of internal investigations. Rigby previously had been a director at BluePeak Advisors, a consulting firm that worked on HR issues. Rigby will be working at LifePoint alongside Ellen Hunt, who just joined LifePoint as vice president of compliance operations.

Compliance JobsRemember Ken Robinson, head of audit and internal controls at Exelon Corp. until he retired last year? He just landed on the board at Abercrombie & Fitch, where he’ll serve on the audit and finance committees. Always nice to see more audit and compliance folks serving in the boardroom.

UNOPS, an economic development agency working under the auspices of the United Nations, has hired Alfredo Pascal as a risk management and compliance specialist; he’ll be working from the UNOPS office in Panama. Pascal comes to the agency from Chevron, where he had been a compliance and internal controls coordinator for six years.

Novartis has hired Medini Sourav Dutta as a legal and compliance manager in its India operations. Dutta previously was a senior consultant with WNS Global Services, and had worked in legal and contracts management at several India businesses before that. 

In Argentina, Maria Soledad Urri has joined pharmaceutical firm Laboratorios Bagó as compliance and internal audit manager. Urri comes to Bagó from PDI, a compliance consulting firm, where she had been a director for the last year. 

Over at the Volkswagen empire, Beatriz Vergara Maturana has been named for VW’s retail group in Spain. Maturana had previously worked for Porsche (a subsidiary of the VW empire) as a compliance officer for the Porsche holding company in Chile. 

Olympus Corp. of the Americas has promoted Patricia Petit, from head of compliance for Latin America and Canada to compliance officer for the whole Americas region. Petit has been with the optical equipment manufacturer for five years. 

Maarten Westermann has left his job as chief risk officer at, to join Össur, a medical device maker based in Iceland. He’ll be Össur’s director of global compliance, working from Reykjavik. 

Vossloh Cogifer, a French railway equipment manufacturer, has promoted Sandeep Sharma to head of compliance for its Asia-Pacific, China, and India operations. Sharma has been with Vossloh since 2016, and previously worked as a legal consultant for the business. He’ll be based in India. 

Mariann Snyder has departed AstraZeneca after 32 years at the company; she had been director of global compliance policy since 2018, and held various other compliance roles at the pharma giant since the mid-2000s. No word yet on what she might do next. 

Santander Bank has promoted Krisi Lucas, from compliance adviser to senior compliance adviser. Lucas has been with the bank since 2018, based in Boston.

In Nigeria, Simon-Peter Umoh has joined construction and engineering firm BCT Ltd. as head of compliance and risk management. Umoh comes to BCT from FCSL Asset Management, where he had been head of audit and risk management. 

In the world of higher education, Middlebury College has created a new Office of Enterprise Risk Management, and named Mike Thomas the institution’s new chief risk officer. Thomas had been a vice president of finance at Middlebury. (Risk management had previously been part of the college’s HR function.)

Peraton, an IT services firm that works in national security matters, has promoted Laila Salguero from vice president of corporate responsibility (which included oversight of Peraton’s ethics and compliance program) to chief diversity, equity, and inclusion officer. She will still oversee ethics and compliance.

And sad news from Connecticut: state auditor Rob Kane died suddenly on Feb. 5, at the age of 53. The cause of death is unclear, although police say there is no evidence of foul play. Connecticut has two state auditors, one Democrat and one Republican; Kane was the Republican auditor, and had held that position since 2017.

Vendors & Service Providers

Andrea Gonzalez, a compliance officer for Western Union in Monterrey, Mexico, left that job to join the Ethics & Compliance Bureau, a consulting firm based in Mexico City.

Open Req Orders

Capital One is looking for a principal associate in ethics and compliance investigations. Job is based in McLean, Va. 

Seagen, a cancer research firm, is looking for a chief compliance officer. Job is based in suburban Seattle.

And yes, the World Food Programme is looking for an inspector general. Job is based in Rome. Which is in Italy.

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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