Lila Acharya is an experienced compliance and investigations attorney with a unique skillset developed from private practice, the public sector, and in-house compliance roles in the life sciences and manufacturing sectors. In her roles as an in-house compliance attorney at Rolls-Royce plc and Pfizer, she investigated significant matters across EMEA and Asia, developed policies and procedures, trained employees and third parties, and led the implementation of an automated third-party due diligence platform. Before going in house, she was an associate at Ropes & Gray LLP and a state prosecutor in Massachusetts. She is based in Boston, Massachusetts.
Tiffany is an experienced Third Party Risk professional with Vendor Risk Management in-house experience in both the public sector and private. In her previous roles she has focused on the vendor lifecycle including procurement, sourcing, contract negotiations, governance and oversight. She has performed quality assurance audits of internal TPRM procedures and due diligence. During her years of working in the public sector, she worked closely with governmental public solicitations and vendor/contract governance standards.
Currently as VP in the Third Party Risk department area at Seacoast Bank, Tiffany is responsible for maturity growth as well as procedure creation and enhancement. She plays a crucial role in assuring contracts remain compliant as well as functionality and continual improvement of the newly implemented VM platform.
She has earned her MBA with concentration in Business Finance allowing her to concentrate on regulatory vendor finance due diligence in her past and current titles. She holds certifications including Certified Third Party Risk Professional (CTPRP), Certified Diversity Professional, and Certified Project Manager (CPM).
She is based in Tampa, Florida with forever roots in her hometown in Metro Detroit.
Virgene Foreman earned both her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Accounting from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. With over twenty years of audit experience, she has been a practicing Certified Public Accounting and Certified Fraud Examiner for twenty-three and twelve, respectively.
Starting her career at a prominent regional public accounting firm, Virgene conducted Governmental Compliance Audits (Yellow Book) and external audits of various financial institutions in accordance with Generally Accepted Audit Standards. As the Sarbanes Oxley Act of 2002 introduced new requirements for public companies to identify, document and test key financial controls, she recognized that her skillset aligned with a transition to the financial services sector. Virgene played a pivotal role in establishing a Sarbanes Oxley Audit and Compliance program at GMAC Insurance. She continued her involvement in the evolution of Sarbanes- Oxley initiatives at the Bank of North Carolina and Lincoln Financial Group.
Her career took yet another path as she became intrigued by the emerging risks linked with third- party vendor relationships. Presently, Virgene serves as a Director of the Vendor Management Organization within Lincoln Financial Group’s Insurance Solution Operations. In this capacity, she oversees compliance audits mandated by the North Carolina National Association of Insurance Commissioners for Life Insurance Third Party Administrators.
Ramsey Kazem Regional Compliance Officer — North America
Andritz (USA) Inc.
Ramsey Kazem is Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional and an accomplished attorney. As Regional Compliance Officer – North America for Andritz, Ramsey has a broad range of responsibilities including preparing risk assessments, implementing program improvements, investigating claims of misconduct, and managing third-party risk. His expertise includes designing, assessing, and implementing third-party risk management programs.
Prior to his work in compliance, Ramsey was a practicing attorney in Atlanta, Georgia. His legal practice focused on construction law, government contracts, and commercial litigation. During this time, he gained extensive experience assisting businesses with risk management, claims avoidance, and dispute resolution. Ramsey attended law school and business school at Emory University, where he earned his J.D. and M.B.A.
Paul Kurtz Director of Third-Party Risk Management
Paul Kurtz is the Director of Third-Party Risk Management (TPRM) at MerchantE,an end-to-end payment platform leader that provides flexible, secure payment processing for in-person and online payment acceptance.With three decades of experience in financial services, Paul’sThird-Party Risk experience dates to2012when he was asked to help build the TPRM program at SunTrust Bank, now Truist. Paul has held first and second line of defense TPRM roles with banks and financial service providers serving clients and financial institutions worldwide. Additionally, Paul has experience in card issuing and merchant services in both the private and public sectors with prior responsibilities in both client and vendor relationship management, loss prevention, fraud investigation and program management, including oversite of the State of Georgia’s purchasing card program. Paul holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Georgia, and he and his wife live in metro Atlanta and have a son at The University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
Amy Mertz Brown has over 30 years of experience as a leader, lawyer, and compliance professional. Amy most recently served as Chief Compliance Officer (CCO) at Gurstel Law Firm, P.C., a creditors’ rights law firm headquartered in Golden Valley, Minnesota and practicing in nine states. Amy led both the Firm’s regulatory compliance with federal and state law concerning creditors’ rights and consumer rights, as well compliance with operational requirements for the Firm such as business and attorney licensing.
Prior to joining Gurstel in 2020, Amy was CCO at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), leading a team of compliance attorneys and professionals to oversee government ethics compliance for all SEC employees and managing several large dollar value IT projects. Amy developed and implemented the enterprise ethics and compliance program at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), a financial services federal agency. She joined CFPB in 2010 in its start-up phase and over the course of eight years helped establish and build CFPB’s in-house legal department. Amy also has served in legal department management positions at the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).
Amy is a national public speaker on compliance program and risk management, regulatory compliance, and creditor’s rights, for groups such as National Creditors Bar Association (NCBA), Receivables Management Association International (RMAI), Compliance Week, and Great Women in Compliance Podcast. From October 2022 to June 2023, Amy served on the NCBA Board of Directors and co-chaired NCBA’s Advocacy Committee. Amy also is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), and Chief, a private network of executive women.
Amy is a graduate of Washington College of Law, The American University, in Washington, DC, and is licensed in California. She holds a Leadership Professional in Ethics and Compliance (LPEC) Certification from the Ethics and Compliance Initiative (ECI), and an individual Certified Receivables Compliance Professional (CRCP) certification from RMAI.
Director of Regulatory Compliance Studies and Clinical Professor
Adrene Odom Vice President, Risk and Vendor Management
Lafayette Federal Credit Union
Adrene M. Odom is a native Washingtonian, who currently resides in Bowie, MD. Her experience within the Supply Chain Management industry spans over 30 years and within the Credit Union industry for over 13 years. Adrene currently holds the position as Vice President of Risk and Vendor Management for Lafayette Federal Credit Union. As VP of Risk & Vendor Management, Adrene is responsible for the oversight of the credit union’s numerous vendor relationships, advising on everything from problem resolution to billing issues, due diligence, and risk assessments. She plays a vital role in the project management processes as well, ensuring both vendor and risk management requirements are being met. She possesses an Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Lancaster Bible College (LBC) and a Master’s in Ministry Degree, with a focus on Leadership, from LBC/Capital Bible Seminary. She holds certifications in the field of Supply Chain Management, Compliance, Risk Management, and Church Leadership. She also holds professional memberships with the National Association of Federal Credit Unions (NAFCU) and the Credit Union National Association (CUNA).
Senior Vice President | Cybersecurity Third Party Risk
Jessica Sanderson, Partner at The Volkov Law Group, provides litigation, investigation, and legal and compliance advisory services to clients primarily in the areas of anticorruption, trade sanctions, export controls, and white collar crimes. Ms Sanderson has more than 25 years’ experience in private practice, as a litigator and as a leader on ethics and compliance monitorships. Ms. Sanderson has extensive experience working with clients and as in-house counsel in the evaluation, design, and implementation of effective ethics and compliance programs. Among other things, Ms. Sanderson regularly designs third-party due diligence policies and procedures, and she has conducted third-party compliance audits in several high risk countries. Before joining the Volkov Law Group in 2019, Ms. Sanderson spent five years as in-house counsel at Innospec Inc. (NASDQ: IOSP) a publicly traded, global specialty chemicals company under an FCPA and UKBA monitorship. Among other things, at the Monitor’s insistence, Ms. Sanderson spearheaded a project to classify hundreds of products (chemicals) under U.S. and EU export control laws, and to substantially revise the Company’s compliance policies and program. Before that, Ms. Sanderson was a litigator at Gibson Dunn, where she represented clients in complex white collar and securities fraud investigations and litigation and served on FCPA compliance monitorships.
Former Associate Vice President, Global Ethics & Compliance
Rob Seibel Former Associate Vice President, Global Ethics & Compliance
Bath & Body Works
Rob Seibel is an accomplished compliance attorney with proven experience working in-house for Fortune 500 Retail corporations, and at a multinational corporate law firm. Skilled in building corporate ethics & compliance programs, with a focus on third party risk management, vendor due diligence, internal investigations, drafting and enforcing compliance policies, and conducting training. Mr. Seibel Achieved industry recognition in 2020 for excellence in Third Party Risk Management by Compliance Week Magazine for developing A&F’s best-in-class TPRM Program.
As Associate Vice President of Global Ethics & Compliance at Bath & Body Works, Mr. Seibel was responsible for implementing the company’s corporate compliance program, as well as management of the ethics hotline and investigations. Mr. Seibel also previously worked as the Director of Legal Compliance at Abercrombie & Fitch Co., where he was responsible for developing an enterprise-wide third-party risk management program. Prior to going in-house, Mr. Seibel worked as an associate attorney at K&L Gates LLP, specializing in government enforcement, anti-corruption and investigations.