On Dec. 3, Compliance Week and LRN presented an editorial roundtable at the Four Seasons Hotel in Washington, D.C. The focus of the roundtable was on measuring program effectiveness. Attendees’ full biographies are below.
Chief Ethics & Compliance OfficerMCR
Karen Bertha serves as the chief ethics and compliance officer of MCR. Prior to becoming the CECO, Bertha was a program consultant with SAI Global where she worked with their internal team to deliver value-added ethics and compliance program solutions. Before joining SAI Global, Bertha was an ethics and compliance manager at The Coca-Cola Co. with responsibility for North America (retail & marketing divisions) and Africa. Prior to joining Coca-Cola, Bertha developed and implemented the first comprehensive compliance and ethics program for all health plans participating in the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association’s Federal Employee Program.
Senior Knowledge LeaderLRN
Wayne Brody brings to LRN his deep knowledge and expertise in a number of ethics and compliance disciplines, including effective ethics and compliance program design, implementation and assessment, privacy, global trade regulation, records retention, and government contracting. Brody came to LRN from The Park Hill Consultancy, of which he was founder and principal. He was formerly the chief compliance officer and vice president, legal affairs, of Arrow Electronics, a Fortune 150 global provider of products, services, and solutions to industrial and commercial users of electronic components and enterprise computing solutions. Early in his career, Brody was a litigator at the New York City firm of Hyman, Miner & Robbin.
Chief Ethics & Compliance OfficerUSIS
Adelle Elia is currently the chief ethics & compliance officer at USIS.
Ethics & Compliance CounselAES Corp.
Alexina Cuiomar-Jackson is ethics and compliance counsel at AES’ global headquarters. She works with an international team to ensure that the company and its employees act ethically and consistent with company values and law and engage in business with companies making similar commitments to ethics and compliance. The day-to-day work of her position includes guiding investigations, due diligence, and training and protecting and promoting AES Values.
Before joining AES, Jackson worked as an attorney with Crowell & Moring, specializing in government contracts. Jackson counseled companies on investigations and disclosures, suspension and debarment, ethics and compliance, intellectual property in government contracts, sub-contracting, and small business matters. She also litigated False Claims Act violations, indemnification provisions, terminations, equitable adjustments, and claims. Prior to Crowell, Jackson worked as a business consultant in the United States, Brazil, Spain, and France.
Marsha Ershaghi Hames
Practice Leader, Education SolutionsLRN
Marsha Ershaghi Hames has been with LRN since 2001 and is responsible for advisory leadership around compliance and ethics education strategy and solution development. She advises our partners worldwide on strategies to enable effective education programs around risk-based and behavior-based learning, helping drive ethical corporate cultures toward greater productivity and performance. Bringing 16 years of experience leading corporate education initiatives, Hames’ expertise focuses on designing progressive and blended learning strategies, especially in the framework of experiential and interactive learning methodologies, and she is passionate about promoting awareness and dialogue and deepening the learning experience.
As a thought leader, Hames regularly presents at executive leadership meetings, ethics officers global leadership meetings, and learning & development and HR council meetings. As an expert adviser on LRN’s ethics & compliance alliance, she collaborates with LRN partners to explore innovative communications strategies, leveraging social media and collaborative learning to help embed their mission, vision, and values. Hames has written several white papers and been published in trades such as Chief Learning Officer magazine, eLearning magazine, and SCCE’s Compliance & Ethics magazine. Hames is a Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional.
Assistant General Counsel, Corporate ComplianceVerizon Communications
Greg Harris is assistant general counsel, corporate compliance, for Verizon Communications. His team manages the company’s Wireline compliance program, creating and delivering targeted training and communications to more than 100,000 employees in 50 countries. He led the development of Verizon’s International Legal Advisors program, which leverages the company’s international legal presence to provide in-country (or in-region) compliance support to employees located outside the United States.
Based in Verizon’s Ashburn, Virginia office, Harris travels frequently to deliver live compliance training. He served as a panelist at PLI’s Advanced Compliance and Ethics Workshop 2014, delivering a presentation on effective training and communications strategies. In addition, he serves on Verizon’s pro bono committee and is active in the StreetLaw (legal education for high school students), Ayuda (U-Visa support for victims of domestic violence), and National Veterans Legal Services Program (combat related special compensation). He received Verizon’s Living the Credo recognition in 2011.
Prior to joining Verizon in 2008, Harris was an associate in the Reston, Virginia office of Latham & Watkins, where he practiced securities litigation and professional liability defense, represented companies before the NASDAQ Delisting Panel, and counseled his clients on issues of corporate compliance and crisis management. From 2000-2004, Harris practiced securities litigation defense in the Northern Virginia office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. He also served as Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Terrence W. Boyle, Chief United States District Court Judge for the Eastern District of North Carolina.
Chief Ethics and Compliance OfficerDynCorp. International Inc.
Joe Kale is SVP and chief ethics and compliance officer for DynCorp International. Kale joined DI in November 2010 and in this key role leads the company’s ethics and compliance program to build and sustain a values-based culture. Prior to joining DI, Kale was the director – ethics program operations for Lockheed Martin Information Systems & Global Solutions (IS&GS). In this position Kale had responsibility for supporting the day-to-day operations and management of the Lockheed Martin ethics program in the corporation’s largest business area.
With 20 years in the ethics and compliance profession spanning a 30+ year career in the aerospace and defense sector, Kale has a broad base of experience and subject matter expertise. In addition to Lockheed Martin, during his career Kale has worked for market leaders Martin Marietta, General Electric, and RCA Aerospace. He served previously as the business area ethics director for two of Lockheed’s other business areas and has been one of the architects for the Lockheed Martin Ethics and Business Conduct program, one of the most highly regarded in business.
Ethics & Compliance OfficerAlstom
Barbara Petitti serves as the ethics and compliance officer, USA, for Alstom. In this role she supports all aspects of the Alstom ethics and compliance program to ensure that the standards of integrity are applied in all business activities.
Prior to joining Alstom, Petitti worked for a large defense contractor for almost 15 years in a variety of roles in ethics, compliance, internal controls, and human resources. In her early career, she spent 5 years working in the litigation department of a law firm where she focused on labor and employment matters.
Associate General Counsel, Managing Director of Ethics & ComplianceAccenture
Hillary Stanley is the associate general counsel and managing director of ethics & compliance at Accenture, one of the world’s leading organizations providing management consulting, technology, and outsourcing services. Accenture has more than 305,000 employees; offices and operations in more than 200 cities in 56 countries; and net revenues of $30.0 billion for fiscal 2014.
Prior to leading ethics & compliance, Stanley was the associate general counsel and managing director for communications, media and technology, and the chief operating officer for the legal group. Before joining Accenture in 2001, she served as general counsel and secretary for Concept Five Technologies Inc., a consulting and technology company.
EVP of Risk Management, HR & Financial Control,MicroStrategy Inc.
Richard Wiedis is the executive vice president of risk management, human resources & financial control at MicroStrategy Inc., where he has worked for the last 8 years. In his current role, Wiedis oversees MicroStrategy’s risk management department, which handles, among other things, enterprise risk management, litigation, internal investigations, FCPA, and other compliance matters and worldwide insurance coverage. In August, Wiedis was promoted to executive vice president and took over leadership of the human resources function in addition to his other responsibilities.
Prior to joining MicroStrategy, Wiedis served for 15 years with the U.S. Department of Justice, Criminal Division, Fraud Section where he held the position of senior litigation counsel. At the Justice Department, Wiedis specialized in the prosecution of complex white-collar criminal cases involving accounting fraud, securities fraud, and bank fraud. His notable cases included the prosecution of multiple executives during the Savings & Loan crisis, the accounting fraud at HealthSouth Corp. and the Olympic Bribery Scandal.