Compliance Jobs Report: June 25

The Compliance Jobs Report this week has compliance officers stepping away from their roles at Abercrombie & Fitch, CalPERS, and Colas USA, among others; and new hires or promotions at Revlon, GameStop, and lots more. We have job leads in data management, healthcare, and search engines, and our Meme of the Week goes out to bad managers!

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

This week we begin with Forrest Deegan, who is calling it quits after nine years as chief ethics and compliance officer for retailer Abercrombie & Fitch. No word yet on what Deegan will do next, or who might succeed him in the CCO job at A&F. Stay tuned.

Also calling it quits: Dan LaFrance, chief ethics and compliance officer at Colas USA, after 16 years in that role. Colas USA is the U.S. subsidiary of French construction giant Colas SA. LaFrance says he’ll disclose his next move in a few weeks. 

Revlon has hired Allison Hinds-Pearl as chief compliance officer. Hinds-Pearl comes to the cosmetics giant after five years at Mastercard, where she had been compliance counsel for North America. She succeeds Meagan Fitzsimmons, recently named chief compliance officer at GPO Logistics

Mark Robinson, assistant general counsel at GameStop since earlier this spring, also recently assumed the role of chief ethics and compliance officer. Robinson has been with the videogame company in several legal and operations roles since 2015. Should be a challenging assignment considering GameStop is going through some profound strategic changes these days.

Marlene Timberlake D’Adamo, chief compliance officer for the giant public pension fund CalPERS, has moved into a new role as the firm’s chief diversity, equity and inclusion officer. D’Adamo had been juggling both jobs since June 2020; now she’s moving into the diversity role permanently and full-time. The firm will conduct a search for a new CCO, and no interim head of compliance has been named yet. 

In the insurance world, Saskia Fokke has left her job as chief compliance and risk officer for Assicurazioni Generali, to join NAGICO Insurance as chief GRC officer. She’s also relocating from the United Arab Emirates to St. Maarten, which sounds pretty cool to me. 

Neely O’Donnell has joined Alexion Pharmaceuticals as director of medical affairs quality and compliance controls. O’Donnell previously worked at Biogen for 14 years, most recently as a director of GRC. 

In Toronto, Ryan Fishman has joined fintech firm WealthSimple as senior manager for internal controls. Fishman comes to the firm from CapitalOne, where he had been a risk manager in the bank’s Canada operations for two years. (Fishman is one of two recent departures from CapitalOne’s Canada offices; the other is below.) 

Dirk Lobenbruck has joined LED lighting manufacturer Luxx Light Technology as head of human resources and compliance, working from Los Angeles. (There’s a Hollywood joke there about working under the bright lights, but I can’t quite land it.) Lobenbruck comes to Luxx after a few years as a lead consultant at InSight Compliance

Novartis has hired Tatiana Rios as head of legal and compliance for Novartis Oncology in the pharmaceutical company’s Mexico operations. Rios joins Novartis from British consumer goods giant Reckitt, where she had been head of ethics and compliance for Mexico since 2017. 

In St. Paul, Minn., Pamela Carl has joined Sunrise Banks as senior vice president for enterprise risk management. Carl joins Sunrise after several years at MidCountry Bank in nearby Bloomington, where she had been chief risk officer for the last year (and chief compliance officer prior to that). 

FirstEnergy Corp. has hired Michael Montaque as vice president of internal audit. Montaque comes to FirstEnergy — yes, the same FirstEnergy that ran into corruption trouble in 2020, and recently hired a new chief compliance officer — from Alliant Energy, where he had been chief audit executive since 2012. He succeeds Kevin Burgess, who retired from FirstEnergy in April. 

GSR, a financial services firm based in London that develops trading platforms for digital assets, has named Eugene Ferrara chief compliance officer. Ferrara had previously worked at J.P. Morgan as executive director for markets compliance in the 2010s. He’s based in New York.

Annie Lazarus has joined Ares Management Corp. as head of compliance for the firm’s “secondaries” investment market. Lazarus comes to Ares after 15 years at Landmark Partners, a private equity firm, where she had been chief compliance and risk officer. 

Promoted: Diane Del Re, at law firm Holland & Knight, from manager of privacy and compliance for the firm to senior manager. Good for Del Re; more law firms should have in-house compliance professionals on the job. She’s been with Holland & Knight for 18 months.


Sad news: Mark Meaney, a former head of ethics and compliance for the University of California in the 2010s and lately a professor of corporate sustainability issues at the University of Colorado, died suddenly on June 19. Meaney was a friendly and thoughtful member of the compliance community; I had the pleasure of moderating a webinar where he was a panelist just last month. He is survived by a wife and three children, and will be missed by many. 

Merywen Wigley just celebrated one year at IQVIA, where she is associate director of ethics and compliance. 

Pat Lietz is celebrating five years at L Brands, where he is assistant VP for global anti-corruption compliance.

Vendors & Service Providers

Mark Cocorocchio has left his job at CapitalOne as compliance manager and testing lead for the firm’s credit card business in Canada; to join Deloitte Canada as a manager in its risk advisory practice, focusing on financial services firms. 

RSA Security is spinning off its fraud analytics division into a stand-alone company called Outseer. The company’s CEO will be Reed Taussig, who joined RSA last fall as head of the unit while it was still known as RSA Fraud & Risk Intelligence. 

Convercent, recently acquired by GRC giant OneTrust, has just launched a new third-party screening and due diligence product. Also, the company apparently is now formally known as “Convercent by OneTrust,” a corporate name I refuse to utter ever again.

On the Town

Remember, if you run a local compliance or audit networking group and have some party pics to share, send ’em along!

Open Req Orders

LifePoint Health is looking for a senior manager for compliance program operations. Job is based in Tennessee.

Publicis Group is seeking a chief compliance officer for its Epsilon Data Management subsidiary. Job is based in Boston. 

Google is looking for a policy adviser. The job description is rather thin, but it does say “experience working directly for or consulting for foreign governments and running large, multi-jurisdictional internal or corruption investigations” is a plus. Hmmm.

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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