CW2023 leadership panel assesses new DOJ priorities, training impact

CW2023 Leadership Panel

Recent policy changes at the Department of Justice (DOJ) provided plenty of fodder for a leadership panel of senior legal and compliance practitioners to discuss during Day 2 of Compliance Week’s National Conference in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday.

The conversation, moderated by Steve Brown, head of business development at Star Compliance, featured a diverse lineup of experts from different backgrounds, including:

  • Nigel Benstead, chief compliance and ethics officer, AMESA and APAC, PepsiCo
  • Gerald Roy, vice president, chief compliance and privacy officer, Phoenix Children’s
  • Ruth Vetter, general counsel, Defense Logistics Agency
  • Kim Yapchai, former senior vice president, chief environmental, social, and governance (ESG) officer, Tenneco

Topics addressed included the following:

Off-channel communications

The DOJ in March announced changes to its Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs guidance regarding employee use of off-channel communications for conducting business. The agency, for the first time, is considering a company’s risk management and recordkeeping approach to employee use of personal devices and communication platforms when conducting evaluations.

“The DOJ wants you to make their job easier,” said Yapchai. She added just as effective as having the right policies in place is a company’s investigation strategy, most notably in regions where email is not the primary form of communication.

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