Each year, Compliance Week highlights the best and brightest in the governance, risk, ethics, and compliance profession with the Top Minds award. Recipients participate in in-depth interviews with fellow leaders of the GRC community.

Nominations closed Jan. 31, 2017 and winners will be announced at Compliance Week 2017, the premier annual conference for compliance and risk professionals.

Contact info@complianceweek.com with additional questions.


Download Top Minds 2016

Past Recipients


Ellen Hunt

Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer, AARP

Fouad Khalifeh

Group Chief Compliance Officer, Fransabank

Alan K. Halfenger

Consulting Partner, ACA Compliance Group

Robert Barrington

Executive Director, U.K. Chapter of Transparency International

Christopher Michaelson

Associate Professor of Ethics and Business Law, Advisory Director

Kami Niebank

Deputy Chief Compliance Officer, Interim Chief Compliance Officer, CalPERS

Mike Lamberth

Senior Compliance Officer, SunTrust, Capital One

Joel Katz

Senior Vice President, Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer, CA Technologies

Alison J. Taylor

Director, Advisory Services, BSR

Richard Wallace

Chief Compliance Officer, OCC

K.C. Turan

Senior Vice President, Chief Risk, Compliance & Ethics Officer, UPMC Insurance Services & Health Plan

Steve Naughton

Chief Compliance Officer & Ethics Officer, Kimberly-Clark

When is the nomination deadline for Top Minds 2017?

The deadline for nominations is Tuesday, Jan. 31 at 11:59 p.m. ET. Nominations can be submitted by completing the form above.

Who is eligible for consideration as one of this year’s Top Minds recipients?

GRC professionals who have had high-profile or exceptional achievements in 2016 that had a major impact on the way business is conducted AND those with long track records of championing governance, risk, compliance, audit, and ethics over many years are strong candidates for nomination.

Are Top Minds recipients from previous years eligible again?

Yes. Compliance Week recognizes those who continue to make a difference year after year.

What additional documentation or files should I submit with the nomination?

A résumé and high-resolution head shot are helpful materials. We also invite you to submit up to three published articles, proof of community involvement, and other awards and recognitions. Achievements in the following areas are given top consideration: