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Top Minds: Shepherding the future of compliance

Joe Mont | August 9, 2016

Where do great compliance officers come from? For Mike Lamberth, managing vice president of compliance for Capital One Financial, it was the “very small, two-stoplight town” in Georgia he grew up in, raised by a mother who was a teacher and a father who hung a shingle as the local lawyer.

Today, Lamberth serves as the senior compliance officer responsible for all aspects of compliance risk assessment for Capital One’s global credit card businesses. During his career, he has led compliance functions in support of almost every financial product and has overseen compliance functions specializing in complex, high-risk areas of financial regulatory compliance. It all started, however, with the career choices of a young man who would meld lessons learned from the careers of his parents.

A legal career seemed a logical path when thinking about the future. “But I didn’t want to do anything related to criminal law or family law,” Lamberth says. “I always wanted to be a lawyer...

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