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Who’s Coming and Going in the GRC World

Jaclyn Jaeger | April 1, 2008

Compliance Week regularly tracks various personnel moves, board appointments, product releases, customer wins, and industry gossip in the corporate governance realm. Submit announcements to Compliance Week’s Jaclyn Jaeger.

Chief Risk, Compliance Officers


Comcast has promoted Kamal Dua to senior vice president and general auditor. In this role, Dua will be responsible for monitoring risks and the performance of financial, operational, compliance, and systems audits. Dua joined Comcast in 2003.

Kindred Healthcare has named Kim Martin senior vice president and chief compliance officer. Martin, who joined the company in 2003, will also retain her current role as senior vice president of risk management and compliance.

Accounting Officers, Controllers

$37 billion Motorola has appointed Laurie Meissner as chief accounting officer. Meissner takes over the role from Marc Rothman, who was promoted to head of finance for the mobile devices unit.


$8 billion Calpine Corp. has announced the departure of Charles Clark as senior vice president and chief accounting officer, effective May 30. The company has initiated a search for his replacement.

Barr Pharmaceuticals appointed Sigurd Kirk as chief accounting officer. He replaces William McKee, who remains executive vice president and chief financial officer. Kirk, who joined the company in 2003, most recently served as senior vice president and corporate controller.

W.W. Grainger has named Gregory Irving chief accounting officer, vice president, and controller. Since September 2004, Irving served as vice president of finance for Acklands-Grainger. Irving joined Grainger in 1999 as director of internal audit.

$3.2 billion Bell Microproducts has named Marc Blouin chief accounting officer and vice president of finance. With more than 20 years experience in the accounting and finance field, Blouin spent the last eight years as vice president of finance and corporate controller for Agile Software before the company’s recent acquisition by Oracle.

$558 million VeraSun Energy has appointed Bryan Meier vice president of finance and chief accounting officer. Meier will replace Danny Herron, who will remain chief financial officer and president. Meier joined the company in May 2007 as vice president and controller.

General Counsels, Corporate Secretaries

Karan Bhatia has been named vice president and senior counsel of international law and policy at General Electric. Bhatia most recently served as deputy U.S. trade representative in the Office of the United States Trade Representative.

$13.1 billion Consolidated Edison has named Carole Sobin secretary and associate general counsel. Sobin, who joined Con Ed in 1988 as a senior attorney, most recently served as vice president of purchasing.


Mark Peterson has joined Conexant as chief legal officer, corporate secretary, and senior vice president. Peterson joined the company from Targus Group International, where he served in the same roles.

On the Board

Johnelle Hunt, whose husband founded J.B. Hunt Transport Services in 1961, has announced her retirement after 15 years of service on the board of directors and 20 years as corporate secretary. The company has not said how it will fill Hunt’s seat.


$11.4 billion Sempra Energy, based in San Diego, Calif., has elected Lynn Schenk to its board of directors. She will also serve on the company’s audit and environment and technology committees. Schenk, currently an attorney in private practice, has more than 35 years experience in public service as a former U.S. congresswoman, California’s secretary of business, transportation, and housing, and chief of staff to former California Gov. Gray Davis.

Visteon, a maker of products for the automotive industry, has elected Alex Mandl to its board of directors. He will also serve on the audit and finance committees. Mandl had been president and chief executive of Gemplus International since September 2002.

R.R. Donnelley & Sons has elected Lee Chaden to its board of directors. Chaden was also appointed to the audit committee. Chaden retired in December as executive chairman of intimate apparel maker Hanesbrands.

SunTrust Banks has elected president and CEO James Wells as chairman of the board. Wells replaces Phillip Humann, who has retired after 40 years of service with the company.

From the Vendors

The law firm Holland & Hart has hired Cliff Stricklin as a partner in its Denver office. Stricklin is currently the first assistant U.S. attorney for the District of Colorado. He is also a former U.S. Department of Justice attorney who helped the government win its case against former Enron executives Kenneth Lay and Jeffrey Skilling.