Compliance Jobs Report: June 11

This week the Compliance Jobs Report has personnel news from Guardian Life, Apple, General Motors, Bitstamp, and lots of others; we also have a whistleblower startup raising investment cash, and job openings from restaurants to cryptocurrency to logistics. Our Meme of the Week goes out to policy management mavens.

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 at Guardian Life, which has named Phil Pescatore chief ethics and compliance officer. This is a promotion for Pescatore; he previously was chief compliance officer, since joining the insurance firm in 2018. Pescatore will report into general counsel Kermitt Brooks. While we frown on compliance reporting into legal on principle, we wish him well. 

In the car business, General Motors has hired Emeka Nwankpah as compliance counsel. Nwankpah comes to GM after a year as an independent compliance consultant, and previously had worked at Tenneco as chief integrity and compliance officer in its clean air and powertrain divisions. 

Bitstamp, a bitcoin exchange platform headquartered in Luxembourg, has named Thomas Hook U.S. compliance officer. Thomas was formerly the vice president of risk and compliance at BlueSnap for 18 months, and prior to that worked in AML compliance at fintech firm Circle. He succeeds Caitlin Barnett, who decamped Bitstamp in March for a job at cryptocurrency investigation firm Chainanalysis.

Robert Thomas has joined Apple as global head of environmental compliance. Thomas comes to Apple from Sysco, where he had been global director of environmental compliance since 2018. 

USAA Real Estate, a subsidiary of the USAA financial services conglomerate, has named Andra Purkalitis chief compliance officer. Purkalitis comes to USAA from Russell Investments, where she spent two years as global chief compliance officer. 

Sneaker and apparel maker Nike has promoted Urmil Bhatt, from integrated audit manager to director of financial governance and controls. Bhatt has been with Nike since 2018.

Mark Ireland has joined Aptive Environmental, a business that makes environmentally friendly pesticides including “Sluggo” and “Wasp Freeze,” as a senior compliance specialist. Ireland joins Aptive after four years at Deloitte, where he was a compliance specialist. He’s based in northern Virginia.

Ernest Draganza has quit his job as chief risk officer at S&T Bancorp in Pittsburgh. The bank says chief audit executive LaDawn Yesho will serve as interim CRO until a permanent successor is found. 

In London, Barry Holmes has left his job as head of risk and compliance for Iris Insurance Brokers. He’s set up shop running his own compliance consulting business for insurance firms, aptly called Holmes Compliance Consultancy

And also in London, Danielle Moubarak has also left her job, as head of ethics and compliance for the EMEA region of Natura Co. No word on who might succeed her. 

In Phoenix, Brian Lund has joined Molina Healthcare as assistant vice president of compliance. Lund had previously been at Banner Health as compliance program director since 2019.

Also in the healthcare world: Pamela Cleveland has joined the coolly named Sidecar Health as chief compliance officer. Cleveland, who is based in Texas, comes to Sidecar after 18 months as chief compliance officer at Health Alliance Plan, based in Michigan.

Wells Fargo has given Iman Mohammed a new role, moving from assistant vice president for operations and oversight to assistant VP for audit and testing. Mohammed has been with the bank for two years, based in Minneapolis.

In Washington, the Naval Federal Credit Union has hired Joshua Kotok as assistant vice president for information security governance and risk management. Kotok previously worked as chief risk officer for First Savings Mortgage Corp., also in Washington. 

Stephen Warshavsky has joined Jackpocket, a business that lets you buy and play state lottery tickets from your phone, as chief compliance officer. Warshavsky comes to Jackpocket from sports gambling business William Hill, where he had been digital compliance manager for the last 18 months. 

Melody Capital Partners, a lender and investment fund based in New York, has hired Nitin Khakee as general counsel. This means that Jonathan Cole, who had been Melody’s general counsel and compliance officer, will now solely serve as the firm’s compliance officer. (Khakee comes to Melody from Morgan Stanley, where he’d been general counsel in the firm’s investment management division.)

In Brazil, industrial equipment manufacturer Empresas Randon has hired Claudia Domuci as a risk and compliance analyst, based near Porto Alegre. She joins the company after three years at Rodoil, a fuel distributor, where she had been a compliance analyst. 

Manoj Arora has joined State Bank of India, which actually is in Belgium, as head of compliance. Arora comes to SBI after two years at ICBC Bank, where he worked in compliance risk management supporting ICBC’s anti-money laundering program. 

And in India, the Jammu & Kashmir Bank has promoted Altaf Kira from director of integrated risk management to chief risk officer. Kira has been with JK Bank in numerous roles for 24 years. He succeeds Tabasum Nazir, who is stepping down from that role.

Vendors & Service Providers

Vault Platform, a startup making an app for internal reporting and related compliance issues, just raised an $8.2 million round of funding, the firm’s first. So clearly these folks have ambitions.

Open Req Orders

JP Morgan is hiring compliance people for its cryptocurrency project, called Onyx. One position is vice president level, another is senior compliance officer. The jobs can be based either in Chicago or New Jersey.

CEVA Logistics is hiring again, this time for a regional ethics & compliance director for Asia-Pacific, based in Shanghai. Chief compliance officer Charles Paré tells me there will be “many more to come” later this year. 

Bloomin’ Brands, corporate owner of the Outback Steakhouse and a few other restaurant chains, is looking for a senior compliance specialist. Job is based in Tampa, Fla.

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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