Compliance Jobs Report: May 28

Another hefty Compliance Jobs Report this week! We have a new head of compliance at Albertsons, risk officers moving around in Scandinavia, news from Southern Co., AWS, Cognizant Technologies, and more. Job leads this week in cryptocurrency, investment, and genetic testing; and our Meme of the Week goes out to those we honor on Memorial Day.

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 this week with Ed Hanover, who just took a job as chief ethics and compliance officer at supermarket giant Albertsons. Many of you may recall Hanover as global chief compliance officer at FIFA in the mid-2010s, when the soccer organization was up to its eyeballs in corruption charges. Hanover had lately been hanging out at law firm DLA Piper as a partner. 

Over in Europe, the perpetually troubled Danske Bank has named Magnus Agustsson chief risk officer. Agustsson comes to Danske Bank from Swedish bank SEB, where he had also been chief risk officer. He succeeds Carsten Egeriis, who was promoted to be CEO; after previous Danske Bank CEO Chris Vogelzang because Dutch authorities named Vogelzang as a suspect in misconduct at his prior employer, ABN Amro. And so it goes in European banking circles these days. 

SEB, by the way, then named Mats Holmström to succeed Agustsson as chief risk officer. Holmström had been working at SEB as head of corporate banking. 

compliance jobsWe missed this until now, but earlier this spring Michelle Davis joined Cox Communications in Atlanta as director of ethics and compliance. Davis joins Cox from PwC, where she had been a director in the forensics practice. 

Also down in Atlanta, Jill Edmondson has jumped from Georgia Power, where she was ethics & concerns manager; to Southern Co., where she is compliance manager. Georgia Power is a subsidiary of Southern Co., so we’ll call this an internal promotion rather than joining a new company. Some of you may also recall Edmondson from her 13-plus years at Home Depot as manager of corporate ethics and compliance. 

We have an update from Melissa Stokes, who says she is compliance officer for Grey Stone Laboratories, a Dallas company that makes and operates genetic testing equipment. Prior to Grey Stone, Stokes was compliance and ethics manager for a business whose identity she kept confidential. We hope the company was doing cool stuff like secret space ships or something. 

Diem Networks, a payments startup based in Switzerland, has hired Alexandra Gribben to run risk management. Gribben comes to Diem from Expedia, where she worked in operational risk management since 2018.   

Amy Feran has joined Amazon Web Services working as a third-party risk specialist. Feran comes to AWS after five years at Credit Suisse, where most recently she was a director working on third-party risk issues. 

Cognizant Technologies has promoted Bettina Vanover, from head of enterprise risk and compliance for its BPaaS unit (“business processes as a service”) to director of regulatory affairs. Vanover has been with Cognizant in various roles since 2012.

Bank of the Bluegrass & Trust, a community bank in Kentucky, has hired Kathy Meade as chief compliance officer. Meade previously worked at Citizens Guaranty Bank, another community bank in Kentucky, as chief compliance officer. 

All the way over in Russia, Alexey Fadeyev has joined VSMPO-AVISMA, one of the world’s largest titanium producers, as chief audit executive. Fadeyev comes to VSMPO from a Russian regional airport business suitably named Airports of Regions, where he had been head of internal audit since 2015. 

In Austin, Texas, Lacey Daugherty has left her job as deputy compliance officer at Teleflex. She’s now doing independent compliance consulting in the healthcare world.

UGI Utilities, a natural gas and electric utility in Pennsylvania, has hired Stacie Peters as an information governance specialist. Peters comes to UGI from the stylishly named Neofect, a healthcare company, where she had been a compliance specialist. 

Turkish financial services firm Koçfinans has hired Emre Taşkin as deputy compliance officer. Taşkin previously worked at Yapi Kredi, a large bank in Turkey, as a compliance and internal control specialist.

Thaís Ávila has joined food services giant Compass Group as head of internal audit for Latin America. Ávila was last seen at Goodyear Tire & Rubber, where she ran internal audit for Goodyear’s Latin America operations from 2015 until the start of this year.

Asset management firm IM Global Partners has hired Alexandra Nallet as group chief compliance officer. Nallet joins IM Global from Candriam, another asset management firm focused on sustainability, where she had also been chief compliance officer. 

And Fabiana Lacerca-Allen, senior vice president of compliance at Aimmune Therapeutics in San Francisco, has joined the board of directors at Shield Therapeutics. Another compliance officer in the boardroom! Rock on.


Andrew Daniels is celebrating one year as vice president for compliance excellence and transformation at Astellas Pharma

Jack Holleran just hit 10 years as managing director of compliance at Moody’s Corp. 

Enda Shirley is celebrating 10 years at BAE Systems. He’s worked there in a variety of compliance roles, these days as compliance product management lead.

And a bit of sad news from the internal auditing world: Bill Mulcahy has died. Mulcahy spent 21 years as chief audit executive at Emory University in Atlanta, was a past president of the Institute of Internal Auditors, and taught auditing at several universities. He was 71, and his obituary notes that he loved “all things auditing.” I met Bill several times, and this is correct. 

Vendors & Service Providers

Raoul Ménès has joined KPMG as a partner in its advisory practice, working out of the firm’s Montreal offices. Ménès had been doing solo consulting for a while, although some of you may remember him from his days in the mid-2010s as head of audit and compliance at AV Homes in Phoenix.

Erik Obermeier has joined Accenture as a principal director for strategy and management consulting. Obermeier comes to the firm from Texas Capital Bank, where he was a senior VP in charge of financial crimes compliance. 

Jane Norberg, who stepped down earlier this year as director of the SEC Office of the Whistleblower, has joined law firm Arnold & Porter as a partner in its corporate defense practice. 

Not sure exactly when this happened, but we have a customer win from GRC vendor world: the Hollywood Foreign Press Association has hired Convercent to run the HFPA’s internal reporting hotline. This would be the same Hollywood clique that runs the Golden Globes awards, is mired in allegations of misconduct, and unveiled a new Code of Conduct on May 21

Open Req Orders

Cryptocurrency exchange Binance seems to be hiring scads of lawyers, compliance officers, and regulatory affairs specialists, apparently because the firm is bracing for more probes than one can count. Right now the jobs are primarily based in Asia, but it looks like Binance needs help all over the place. 

BioMerieux, a maker of biological testing materials, is looking for a North America compliance officer. Job is based in Salt Lake City. 

Investment fund BlackRock is hiring a vice president of U.S. marketing compliance. Job is based in New York. 

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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