My number one priority is to stand up an effective anti-corruption compliance program and ensure the ethical standards of the company. I report both to the CEO of Panasonic Avionics and General Counsel at Panasonic of North America.
I’ve been doing compliance work for the better part of my career—nearly 20 years—and I still find it to be as fun and exciting as when I started. I’m a lawyer by trade, but compliance offers a very different path than traditional legal practice. Instead of engaging in disputes, compliance professionals get to be more proactive. I love partnering with the business in order to provide protection, guidance, and true leadership.
My long-term vision for this role is to create a world-class compliance organization that can stand on its own without any government assistance. That means an efficient, highly competent, and fully resourced department that Panasonic can trust as the business grows and transforms.
Everything I’ve done in the past—whether in private practice or working in a business organization —has led me here. When I worked at a law firm, I served as both a monitor and compliance counsel. This experience allowed me to see both sides of the compliance landscape. While leading a legal/compliance team for a large defense contractor, I learned how to make decisions that were necessary, but also practical for the business. This confluence of factors has prepared me for my role: To help Panasonic grow its competitive functions so it can be a best-in-class solutions provider.
Last year, I was honored to be named Top Assistant General Counsel in Compliance by Chicago’s First Chair Awards. I’ve also served on several boards and steering committees for prominent professional organizations. I completed my undergraduate work at Boston University with a major in international relations, and graduated with my Juris Doctor cum laude from the Columbus School of Law at the Catholic University of America.
My two boys are my world. We moved to California for this job and the whole family couldn’t be more excited for this new adventure. I also love to cook and run, and have recently become a yogi.
My other passion is NHL hockey—I’ve been a Washington Capitals fan for 35 years, and watching them win the Stanley Cup in 2018 was one of the happiest moments of my life. Let’s Go Caps! #ALLCAPS