Compliance Jobs Report: July 21

The Compliance Jobs Report this week has more news from the Justice Department; plus compliance officer comings or goings at the U.S. Army, Carnival Corp., Jazz Pharmaceuticals, LendingClub, and lots more. Job leads are in manufacturing, higher education, and tech; and don’t forget our Compliance Meme of the Week.

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Compliance Jobs News

This week we begin with the U.S. Justice Department again, which is going through even more leadership turnover. Most notably, assistant attorney general Kenneth Polite is stepping down as head of the Criminal Division at the end of this month, apparently to return to law firm world and make gobs of money. Polite is the one who pushed for compliance officers to certify the effectiveness of compliance programs as part of regulatory settlements and has been a big proponent of data analytics in compliance programs, too. 

Meanwhile, the head of the department’s “kleptocapture” task force, Andrew Adams, is leaving that role to take a job in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of New York. That task force was formed last year to pursue Russian oligarchs involved in the invasion of Ukraine and to seize their assets. 

This all comes after last week’s news of departures at the Justice Department’s FCPA Enforcement Unit. Polite has been AAG for two years, a standard tenure for folks in that role. No word yet on who might succeed Polite, but this is a Senate-confirmation job, so don’t be surprised if someone already at the department gets slotted into the role in an acting capacity until after the 2024 election.

Melissa Steele has a new job as director of internal review for the U.S. Army Reserve, 81st Readiness Division, which is based in Fort Jackson, S.C. Steele previously spent six years with the U.S. Air Force, most recently as an audit manager. 

And another update from the world of federal government! Alison Powell has joined the Department of Veterans Affairs as a research compliance officer. Powell previously worked at Baylor College of Medicine as a senior research policy analyst.

In Paris (that’s in France), Rodolph Chami has joined online trading broker Deriv as compliance executive. Chami comes to Deriv after a stint at Institutional Shareholder Services, where he was an analyst in corporate governance. 

Kirby Mandziej has a new role within the Carnival Corp. cruise line empire. Mandziej had been a senior adviser on training compliance for Carnival’s U.K. operations, known as P&O Cruises and Cunard. Now she’s been promoted to team leader for training operations there. 

UCB, a European pharmaceutical giant based in Belgium, has hired Laurianne Marty as ethics and compliance lead in its U.K. offices. Marty comes to UCB after three years at Jazz Pharmaceuticals, most recently as director of corporate compliance in the European and international operations. 

Penn State has named Debra Thurley associate vice president for research, director of research protections; a role that puts her in charge of research compliance for 15 university programs as well as Penn State’s research integrity program. Thurley has been with Penn State in various roles for 15 years, and previously was assistant vice president for research. (This is Penn State’s second compliance personnel move in as many weeks, by the way.) 

U.K. based technology firm Rapyd has hired Shlomit Wagman as chief of regulation and compliance. Wagman comes to Rapyd, which makes payments and e-commerce software, after 10 years at the Israel Money Laundering and Terror Financing Prohibition Authority. She stepped down as director general of the agency last year, and has been teaching at Harvard University since then. 

LendingClub, a financial services firm that falls somewhere between a bank and a fintech, has hired Rick Dupree as director of enterprise risk management and operational risk management. Dupree previously worked as a solo risk management consultant for a few years, and also moonlighted as an adviser to Compliance.Ai and an editor at Finextra.  

OpenAI has hired Ben Rossen as senior counsel for AI policy and regulation. Rossen comes to the inventor of ChatGPT from law firm Baker Botts, where he had been special counsel for privacy and data security since 2021; prior to that he served in various roles at the Federal Trade Commission for six years. 

Debbie Lupton has joined Verbal Beginnings Corp., an early-childhood therapy services business in the mid-Atlantic region, as director of compliance. Lupton comes to Verbal Beginnings (great company name) after two years at Bayhealth in Delaware, where she had been corporate compliance officer. 

Akamai Technologies has promoted Renata Giuliani in its Brazil offices, from legal and compliance director for Latin America to associate general counsel for legal and compliance in the same region. Giuliani has been with Akamai for three years. 

Changing of the guard at Canadian Solar, a maker of solar panels and related equipment. Jianyi Zhang is retiring as general counsel, chief compliance officer, and corporate secretary; while the company conducts a search for his successor, it has named Jeffrey Kalikow interim chief compliance officer and Kah Locke Tham interim corporate secretary. Kalikow is general counsel of the company’s Recurrent Energy subsidiary; Tham is the company’s corporate controller. 

Stavros Anastasiou has left his job as chief compliance officer at Finalto, a British maker of online trading software, to take a job as CEO of, an online trading platform also based in the U.K. Anastasiou had been CCO at Finalto for five years. 

Victoria Sherliker has joined Stafford Capital Partners, a private equity and advisory firm based in London. Sherliker comes to Stafford from professional services firm Gunnercooke, where she had been a partner. 

Korea Investment Corp., the sovereign wealth fund for South Korea, has named Ikho Suh chief compliance officer. Suh has worked at KIC in various roles for more than 15 years, most recently as head of alternative investment strategy.

And Gina Anonuevo, chief compliance officer at First Hawaiian Bank since 2011, has moved into a new role there as chief human resources officer


Jessica Nayden is celebrating one year at Wesco as manager of ethics and compliance programs. 

Matthew Yoshida is celebrating one year at OpenAI as GRC lead.

Mary Owens has reached five years at Tredegar Corp., where she is compliance manager.

Jamison Tomasek is celebrating five years as manager of internal audit at Mercury Systems

Colin Olson just hit 10 years at Ally, where these days he is manager of privacy compliance. 

Vendors and Service Providers

Darcy Allen has left his job at Walmart, where he had been global head of AML and financial services compliance, to join consulting firm Treliant as a managing director.

Jim Grimes has left his job as head of internal audit for cybersecurity firm Rapid7, and is hanging his own shingle as an audit and compliance consultant, Grimes Assessment Professionals Corp.

Open Req Orders

Wabtec Corp., a manufacturer of equipment for the railroad industry, is looking for a chief compliance officer. Apparently the job has been open for a while; company is based in Pittsburgh. 

Appalachian State University is looking for a chief ethics and compliance officer. Job is based in Hickory, N.C., just a bit outside Charlotte. 

Palo Alto Networks is looking for a senior counsel and investigator for ethics and compliance. Job can be based in the Palo Alto, Calif., headquarters or in the company’s Virginia or Texas offices. 

Compliance Meme of the Week

This week’s meme comes to us from Salvo Augugliaro, compliance officer in Spain, who had a fascinating post about choosing the right word for corporate policies. His solution: use the word “must.”

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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