Compliance Jobs Report: Jan. 6

Welcome to 2023, compliance enthusiasts! We are back with our first Compliance Jobs Report of the year, with updates from Pepsico, Kimberly-Clark, Discover Financial, Etsy, and many more. Lots of work anniversaries to note too; plus job leads in drug development, advertising — and voting! Plus 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

This week we begin at Pepsico, which just promoted Farzin Firooznia to be global chief ethics and compliance officer. Firzoonia has been with Pepsi for nearly 18 years in various roles, and most recently was general counsel for Pepsi’s Latin America region. 

Kimberly-Clark, maker of toilet paper, diapers, and other paper products so dear to surviving a pandemic, has hired Lara Chalmers as vice president of internal audit. Chalmers comes to the company after four years at Flowserve, where she had also been vice president of internal audit.

A few folks from Fresenius Medical Care have announced new roles there, presumably as part of a wave of personnel reshuffles at the start of the year. Mridul Mehta has been promoted from compliance lead for the “Emerging Asia sub-region” to run business partner compliance in the Asia-Pacific region. Enrique Grande Jarque has moved from head of compliance for Western Europe & Israel to head of compliance for “EMEA West” and Canada.

Candace Carter has joined Discover Financial Services as director and senior counsel for enterprise privacy. Carter comes to Discover from United Consumer Financial Services, where she had been vice president for compliance, legal, and audit for three years. 

Abimbola Jegede has joined Etsy as director of compliance oversight. Jegede previously worked for 15 months at Facebook as head of the company’s payments compliance program. 

LDJ Manufacturing, which makes the Thunder Creek brand of fuel trailers, has hired David Ladwig as manager of compliance and EHS issues. Ladwig joins the Iowa company after a year at Paychex, where he had been a compliance analyst.

Remember Jeff Smagula, who’d been chief ethics and compliance officer at Tufts Health Plan in Massachusetts until the start of 2021? After a short tour of duty at the law firm Verrill, he just turned up at Martin’s Point Health Care in Maine as general counsel.

American Health Plans, a provider of Medicare insurance, has hired Rick Burguières as compliance manager. Burguières comes to the Tennessee-based company after four years at Health Team Advantage, where he most recently was a senior compliance manager. 

Children’s Home of Jefferson County, a social services organization based in Watertown, N.Y., has hired Caroline Baker as director of corporate compliance and privacy officer. Baker previously worked at Carthage Area Hospital in Carthage, N.Y., as director of health information management. 

Shawn Rogers, previously a senior director of ethics and compliance at Walmart until he left the retailer in November, just turned up at Stanley Black & Decker. Contract gig as a legal compliance consultant. (I wonder if they give out compliance-branded drill sets at employee outreach events…) 

In Singapore, Gangadevi CA has joined Organon associate director of compliance for Asia-Pacific and Japan. She joins Organon after not quite three years at Fresenius Medical Care, where she had been compliance manager for Singapore, Australia, and New Zealand. 

Now a bunch of promotions… 

Houston-based Stewart Information Services has promoted Mary Thomas from chief regulatory counsel and deputy chief compliance officer to chief compliance officer. She succeeds John Killea, who had actually been chief legal officer and chief compliance officer; but Killea just retired and the company is splitting his duties into two separate roles. Elizabeth Giddens, who joined Stewart last year, is taking over as chief legal officer. 

Marinus Pharma has promoted Vanessa Costa, from senior director of corporate compliance to executive director of compliance. Costa has been with the Pennsylvania-based company for two years. 

Applied Materials has promoted Anne Takher from senior director of ethics and compliance to managing director of ethics and compliance. Takher has been with the semiconductor company since 2020.

Banco Itau has promoted Denise Ouchi from AML analyst to AML assistant vice president. Ouchi has been with the bank for five years. 

And Relax Gaming in Malta has promoted Rita Claassen from due diligence officer to due diligence manager. She has been with the online gambling platform for two years. 

Vendors & Service Providers

Malte Tober has left the European insurance giant AXA Group, where he had managed data privacy and compliance in several European countries; to join KPMG Germany as a senior manager in the risk and advisory services practice. 

Lisa Taylor has departed UC Health in Cincinnati, where she had been chief compliance officer for the last five years, to join consulting firm Ankura as a managing director. 


Elizabeth Gilbert is celebrating one year at United Therapeutics, where she is director of compliance education.

Samantha Kelen is celebrating one year as chief compliance officer at Stellar Health, a health technology business based in New York City.

Victoria Lane just hit one year at food giant Pilgrim’s, where she is now head of ethics and compliance (promoted into that role last summer)

Stefanie Nover is celebrating one year at Bekaert, the manufacturing giant headquartered in Belgium. She is vice president of ethics and compliance there. 

Lauren Womack is celebrating one year at Tulane Medical System, where she is vice president of ethics and compliance. 

Michelle Nichols just hit two years at Farmer Mac, where she is director of compliance.

Villiam Kaceriak is celebrating five years at the World Wildlife Foundation, where he is head of risk and assurance. 

Debra Torres is celebrating five years as chief ethics and compliance officer at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

We have an update on Andrea Barr, former chief audit executive for the Baltimore County School District, who was wrongfully fired last year when school committee members declined to attend a meeting and vote on renewing her contract. Barr settled a retaliation lawsuit against the district at the end of December; she has returned to her job and won $115,000 in damages too. 

And unfortunately we have sad news, too. Kevin Monahan, 24 years old and a corporate compliance analyst at Davita Kidney Care, passed away just before Christmas. We extend our sympathies to his loved ones. 

Open Req Orders

Certara, a drug development company based, is looking for a director of SOX compliance. Job is based in New Jersey.

Integral Ad Science is looking for a vice president of global compliance. Job is based in New York City.

The International Foundation for Electoral Systems, a nonprofit devoted to advancing democratic governance, is looking for a senior adviser to help with anti-corruption issues. Job is based in Arlington, Va.

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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