The Justice Department’s Criminal Division added another chief compliance officer to its ranks with the appointment of Glenn Leon to serve as chief of the Fraud Section.
Leon joins the Justice Department from Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), where he has served as senior vice president and chief ethics and compliance officer since March 2015, according to his LinkedIn profile. Prior to joining HPE, Leon was deputy chief of the Fraud Section from March 2011 through January 2014 and worked more than a decade as an assistant U.S. attorney in District of Columbia.
“With his extensive background in managing a wide range of investigations of Fortune 500 corporations and financial institutions, his courtroom experience trying more than 25 jury trials, and his expertise as in-house counsel overseeing ethics and compliance programs, Glenn has the right combination of skills to meet the moment and lead the talented women and men of the Fraud Section into their next chapter of success,” said Assistant Attorney General Kenneth Polite Jr. in an emailed statement Tuesday.
Polite himself is a former CCO, having held the role at Fortune 500 electric power company Entergy from April 2017 to July 2018. In a keynote address at Compliance Week’s National Conference in May, he remarked he believed himself to be the first CCO to ever serve as head of the Criminal Division, though he boasted his staff includes others with a compliance background.
“I’m proud to share with you that I am not the only person within the Criminal Division that has deep compliance experience,” Polite said. “In fact, I’m not the only former chief compliance officer now working in the Criminal Division. We have a deep bench now in this unit, and we will continue to add more resources to it.”
Leon will serve as head of the unit charged with investigating and prosecuting white-collar crime cases while also having a hand in developing Justice Department policies and advising leadership on legislation, crime prevention, and public education. Included within the Fraud Section are the Justice Department’s Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Unit; Market Integrity and Major Frauds Unit; Health Care Fraud Unit; and Corporate Enforcement, Compliance, and Policy Unit.
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