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Advanced Compliance and Ethics Workshop 2021

Speaker(s): Andrea DeShazo, Brian J. Fields, Heather Axe, Jeff J Gearhart, Jeffrey M. Kaplan, Joanne Horibe, Joel Katz, Jonathan Chibafa, Leah Ramos, Lisa Hughes, Lucinda A. Low, Mauricio Almar, Michael Ortwein, Pete Anderson, Rachel Gerstein, Rebecca Walker, Richard H. Sinkfield, Robert F. LeMoine
Recorded on: Oct. 25, 2021
PLI Program #: 305532

Leah Ramos is Vice President / Regulatory Compliance Counsel at STO Building Group (“STOBG”), a preeminent full-service construction services provider in North America, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Asia. Leah’s role includes instituting and developing company policies and procedures, integrating new business units, leading ethics and compliance training and communications, conducting internal investigations, and advising the organization on pandemic response.

Before joining STOBG, Leah was Associate Counsel and Director of Financial Disclosure Compliance at the New York State Joint Commission on Public Ethics. She provided advice and guidance on the state's ethics and lobbying laws, led investigations and enforcement proceedings, and managed the processing of more than 30,000 financial disclosure filings made by statewide elected officials, executive branch officers and employees and legislative branch officers, employees, and candidates. 

Previously, Leah spent two years as a litigation associate at Kirkpatrick & Lockhart LLP before clerking for the Honorable Denny Chin, then a district judge in the Southern District of New York. She then spent over seven years as a litigator focusing on complex commercial and employment matters, first as an associate at Morrison & Foerster LLP and then as senior counsel at Thompson Hine LLP. She also served as an Adjunct Professor at Fordham Law School, teaching legal writing and research to first-year students. 

Andrea DeShazo is Orbia’s Chief Compliance Officer. Orbia is a publicly traded Mexican corporation with 22,000 employees, operations in 41 countries, and commercial activities in over 100 countries. She is a seasoned compliance expert with more than 20 years of legal experience. Prior to joining Orbia, Andrea was an Assistant General Counsel at Western Digital, where she led the compliance training & communication and investigations teams, and a Sr. Director at McKesson, where she oversaw the investigations and anti-corruption programs. She started her career in private practice and as a public defender in California. Andrea is a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law and Dartmouth College. She enjoys exploring the Boston area – near Orbia’s US Headquarters – with her husband and daughter.

Brian J. Fields is the Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer for STO Building Group (“STOBG”), a preeminent full-service construction services provider in North America, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Asia.  Brian is responsible for overseeing the company’s Regulatory Compliance Department, managing the day-to-day operations of STOBG’s Ethics and Compliance Program, assessing potential risks, and designing best practices for the organization.

Brian has 25 years of experience and hands-on practice in corporate compliance and regulatory enforcement. Prior to joining STOBG, Brian served on the Government and Internal Investigations team at Alston & Bird, LLP. At Alston, he focused on government and corporate investigations, regulatory and enforcement matters, and white collar criminal defense. He represented clients on a wide range of legal and ethical matters in the financial services, construction, engineering, and accounting industries.

Previously, Brian served as a prosecutor for 12 years in New York City. During his tenure in the New York County District Attorney’s Office as Senior Investigative Counsel, Brian concentrated on prosecuting corporate entities for financial and white collar crimes, including individuals and corporate entities of the Cipriani family for tax evasion. Brian conducted the Deutsche Bank building investigation, which led to substantial changes in the construction, deconstruction, and abatement industry in New York.  Brian also worked with New York’s Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) on terrorism-financing cases, including the successful prosecution of Jose Pimentel, the so-called “Lone Wolf” domestic terrorist.

Heather Axe is Vice President, Associate General Counsel and Deputy Compliance Officer for Korn Ferry, a New York Stock Exchange listed global provider of talent management solutions with locations in over 50 countries. In this role, she is responsible for implementation and management of the company’s global Ethics and Compliance Program. Other areas of focus include ESG/corporate responsibility, corporate governance, client and vendor transactions, and litigation management.

Heather also serves as President of the Korn Ferry Charitable Foundation, an independent not-for-profit. The Foundation’s mission is to make real, lasting changes by helping people exceed their potential through opportunity.

From 2005 to 2015, Heather worked in the corporate headquarters legal group of Occidental Petroleum Corporation, acting most recently as Assistant General Counsel.  At Occidental, Heather focused on global compliance and anti-corruption issues, litigation management, government investigations, and general corporate matters.   

Prior to joining Occidental, Heather was an associate in the Litigation Department of Sidley Austin.

Heather graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from UCLA with a Bachelor of Arts in English. She has a Juris Doctorate from UC Berkeley Law School, where she served as Senior Executive Editor of the California Law Review.  



Jeffrey M. Kaplan is a partner in the Princeton, New Jersey office of Kaplan & Walker LLP.   For twenty-five years he has specialized in assisting companies in developing, implementing and reviewing corporate compliance/ethics programs. This work has included conducting risk analyses; writing/editing codes of conduct and other policy documents; counseling companies in matters regarding training; developing compliance audit protocols and reporting systems; establishing compliance/ethics offices; and assisting boards of directors in meeting their fiduciary duties under the Caremark case.  He has also conducted numerous program assessments. Mr. Kaplan’s compliance/ethics program practice has included work for clients in the health care, medical devices, pharmaceuticals, automotive, government contracting, insurance, manufacturing, energy, retail, paper, publishing, professional services, education, consulting, telecommunications, technology, securities, private investments, food and chemical fields, as well as non-profit organizations.   

Mr. Kaplan has, on four occasions, been an independent consultant or monitor for vendors suspended by the World Bank, reporting to the Bank on their respective compliance programs;  has  performed a similar review for the United Nations; has served as a compliance monitor in a criminal tax case for the New York County District Attorney; has reviewed and reported to the Department of Justice and SEC on a company’s compliance/ethics program in connection with the settlement of an FCPA-related investigation and has served in a similar role in another FCPA case for the SEC; and has reviewed and reported to a state attorney general on another company’s compliance/ethics program in connection with a settlement of a fraud-related matter.  He also conducts internal investigations on behalf of boards and companies into allegations of wrongdoing brought by whistleblowers and others.  He received his B.A. (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) from Carleton College in 1976 and his J.D. (cum laude) from Harvard University in 1980.  He is a former partner of Chadbourne & Parke, where he served in the Special Litigation Group, and also a former partner of Arkin Kaplan & Cohen LLP and of Stier Anderson, LLC.    In 2009, he was a recipient of a Compliance and Ethics Award from the Society for Corporate Compliance and Ethics, which that organization bestows annually on “Compliance and Ethics Champions.” 

Mr. Kaplan is, together with Joe Murphy and Win Swenson, co-editor of Compliance Programs and the Corporate Sentencing Guidelines: Preventing Criminal and Civil Liability (West 1993), a leading legal treatise on designing and implementing compliance/ethics programs.  He also publishes a bi-monthly column for Compliance and Ethics Professional and has authored or co-authored e-books on risk assessment (for CCI), behavioral ethics (for Ethical Systems), and ethical culture (for ECI).

Mr. Kaplan is a co-chair of the Practising Law Institute’s annual Advanced Compliance and Ethics Workshop and for many years chaired the Continuing Legal Education program in corporate compliance sponsored by the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. He is editor of the Conflict of Interest Blog.  He was for twelve years Adjunct Professor of Business Ethics at the Stern School of Business, New York University.  He is now a contributor to and a member of the Steering Committee of the Ethical Systems research project which is run by a professor at that school. He is a member of the New York and New Jersey bars. 

Joanne Horibe was named Magna International’s Chief Compliance Officer in May 2015. In this role, Joanne leads a global team that is responsible for the design, implementation and management of Magna’s global ethics and legal compliance program, global data privacy and enterprise risk management. Joanne is also a founding member of the Global Diversity and Inclusion Council and is the executive sponsor of the Women’s Xchange employee resource community. 

Joanne joined Magna in April 2001 and held various legal positions in Magna’s exteriors and interiors operating units. Prior to joining Magna, Joanne worked at the global law firm of Baker & McKenzie and Nortel Networks, a telecommunications company.   

Joanne is the co-founder and chair of the Automotive Compliance Roundtable, a group of compliance professionals from the automotive companies and Tier 1 parts suppliers who benchmark and share best practices in Detroit, Europe and Mexico. As a long-time volunteer in her community, Joanne was the co-founder and chair of the board for Conceivable Dreams, an advocacy group for infertility patients and taught a leadership skills development program for Landmark Worldwide for many years.   

Joanne graduated from The University of Western Ontario with a Bachelor of Arts (1991) and Bachelor of Laws (1994).  Joanne has her international certification as a Compliance and Ethics Professional from the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics and is currently enrolled in the Institute of Corporate Directors-Rotman Directors Education Program. She resides in Toronto, Ontario with her husband and son.

Joel Katz is Booz Allen Hamilton’s chief ethics and compliance officer.  Joel and his team are responsible for coordinating Booz Allen’s efforts to ensure compliance with laws and regulations around the world and for fostering an ethical, values-based corporate culture. Joel has significant experience building structures, programs, and training that promote a culture of integrity and compliance and drive high levels of employee engagement.

Before coming to Booz Allen, Joel was the chief integrity and compliance officer for Resideo Technologies. Previously, he held several legal leadership positions with CA, Inc., including serving as the company’s chief ethics and compliance officer and building the compliance program that contributed to CA being named one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies by the Ethisphere Institute for 4 consecutive years. Joel began his career with Williams Mullen LLP, representing companies in labor and employment-related legal issues.

Selected as part of Compliance Week magazine’s class of 2016 top minds and recognized as a top ethics and compliance officer by the Ethisphere Institute in 2013, Joel earned his J.D. with distinction from Hofstra University School of Law and his bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan. He is a member of the board of directors of BBB National Programs, sits on the advisory board of the W. Michael Hoffman Center for Business Ethics at Bentley University and is a former board member of the Ethics and Compliance Association and the Ethics Research Center. 

Jonathan Chibafa specialises in global investigations, financial crime, compliance and risk management. Jonathan is a highly regarded anti-bribery and corruption risk expert. As well as several years at a leading set of barristers’ chambers specialising in criminal and regulatory law, Jonathan has extensive industry experience having held senior compliance roles at a FTSE 100 retailer and a multinational pharmaceutical company. He has also worked as a consultant advising several Fortune 500 companies.

He has implemented business integrity programmes for companies under regulatory scrutiny from the US and UK authorities. His expertise extends to advising on sanctions, anti-money laundering, anti-tax evasion, Modern Slavery and broader reputational risk.

Jonathan has worked with commercial leadership teams and compliance professionals in more than 40 countries. He has designed risk control frameworks, conducted in-market compliance assessments and advised on risk mitigation in a broad range of jurisdictions, including the United Arab Emirates, China, Cambodia, Russia, Ukraine, Slovakia, Nigeria, South Africa, Vietnam, Poland, Kenya, Cameroon and Ivory Coast.

Jonathan has been seconded to the Serious Fraud Office and the Financial Conduct Authority. Jonathan also advised the Attorney General of the Falkland Islands on compliance with OECD regulations and anti-corruption compliance. This included a period of secondment on the islands.

Jonathan combines deep subject matter expertise with years of in-house experience, allowing him to provide concise and pragmatic advice. His practical experience is balanced between remediation and preventative work.

Lucinda Low's practice includes representing audit committees, boards of directors, and companies in internal, government, and international financial institution audits, investigations, and enforcement matters involving fraud, bribery, corruption, and other compliance issues. Lucinda is recognized by Chambers market commentators for her "incredible technical proficiency, spectacular advocacy skills, and cultural know-how." She has particular authority in matters involving the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and other anti-bribery and anti-corruption laws, and other international business compliance issues. According to Chambers, clients concur that Lucinda is "very impressive" and credit her with "an attention to detail that is second to none."

In the FCPA/anti-corruption realm, Lucinda helps clients develop and implement customized compliance programs tailored to their business risks that meet regulatory expectations, assists with due diligence in M&A and other transactions, provides risk-mitigation and risk assessment strategy, conducts internal investigations, and defends clients in government investigation and enforcement matters, including multijurisdictional investigations. She also has significant experience in investment disputes between foreign investors and host governments, and commercial arbitration, including serving as counsel, arbitrator, and an expert witness.

Lucinda is the firm's International Practice Leader, overseeing its foreign offices and initiatives, and heads the firm’s FCPA/anti-corruption practice.  She also co-heads the firm’s World Bank/IFI practice, which focuses on representing contractors and consultants around the world participating in IFI-financed projects in audits, investigations, sanctions proceedings, settlements, and post-sanction matters.  She has served multiple terms on the firm’s Executive Committee and in other key management roles.  Lucinda's FCPA/anti-corruption experience is world-wide, with a particular emphasis on developing countries.  

Lucinda is the Acting Chair and Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the Coalition for Integrity (formerly known as Transparency International – USA), and also a member of the Secretary of State’s Advisory Committee on Public International Law. She is a former president of the American Society of International Law and a former chair of the ABA Section of International Law. She was the 2003 recipient of the William Ray Vallance Award presented by the Inter-American Bar Foundation, presented to an individual who has made a significant contribution toward improving the law and jurisprudence of the Western Hemisphere.

She has been a public member of U.S. delegations to the OECD Working Group on Bribery and of delegations organized by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.  She has testified before Congress on ratification of anti-corruption treaties and related topics.

Lucinda is fluent in Portuguese and Spanish, and has lived in Brazil on two separate occasions. 

Michael Ortwein is Assistant General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer at GM. Before joining GM, Michael was an Assistant U.S. Attorney for nearly seven years, and he spent several years in private practice with Kirkland & Ellis LLP in Washington, D.C. and Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohen in Detroit, Michigan. Michael began his legal career clerking for a Justice on the Maine Supreme Judicial Court and subsequently for the Honorable Richard J. Leon, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. Michael is a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross and Suffolk University Law School in Boston, Massachusetts.

Ms. Gerstein is the Managing Vice President, Legal & Compliance at Gartner. In that role, she is responsible for driving the continuous improvement of the Ethics & Compliance (E&C) program, in all facets laid out by the Department of Justice. Gartner’s E&C program is supported by a dedicated team, including Gartner’s commercial lawyers worldwide who act as Ambassadors.

Prior to Gartner, she was the Executive Director, Ethics & Compliance, at Avon. In that role, she supported the creation of an effective Ethics & Compliance program, leading the governance, training, communications, and policy initiatives. She was part of the team that settled Avon’s Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) investigation, working hand in hand with Avon’s court appointed Monitor to implement key programmatic improvements.

She began her legal career as an associate at Weil Gotshal & Manges, LLP, later moving to Akin Gump Strass Hauer & Feld, LLP. As an Associate, Counsel, and eventually Senior Counsel, she worked on both investigations, including those involving the FCPA, securities fraud, and insider trading, and litigations, including those involving bankruptcies, insurance fraud, and contractual claims.

Ms. Gerstein graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and she received her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan.

Peter Anderson is the Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer (“CECO”) of Carnival Corporation & plc (“Carnival Corp.”), which is one of the largest cruise lines in the world, comprised of nine different brands, which operate over 100 ships, and which employ over 150,000 employees all over the globe.  He also sits on the Executive Leadership Team.

As the CECO, Anderson oversees the Corporation’s global Ethics & Compliance (“E&C”) Program, which includes various leaders at the Corporation’s All Brands Group (“ABG” or Headquarters), as well as the Ethics & Compliance Officers based in each of the four operating groups.  Aligned with the risk-profile, the E&C Program priorities include environmental; health, safety and security; as well as general compliance topics.  The Team also includes leaders in the critical areas of Investigations, Compliance Risk, Compliance Training and Compliance Communications.

Prior to joining Carnival Corp, Anderson was a former federal prosecutor and led the White Collar & Compliance Team at the law firm of Beveridge & Diamond.  He was previously the environmental compliance leader on the Volkswagen Diesel Court Appointed Monitor Team.  After graduating from law school, he clerked for the Honorable Graham C. Mullen, United States District Court Judge in Charlotte, N.C., and then was selected into the U.S. Department of Justice Honors Program and served as a federal environmental prosecutor (Trial Attorney), as well as an Assistant United States Attorney (W.D.N.C). 


Anderson holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Rutgers University (summa cum laude) and a law degree from the University of Virginia.  He is a regular speaker, writer, and adjunct professor on various subjects including corporate compliance, environmental law, and white collar crimes.

Rebecca Walker is a partner in the Santa Monica, California office of Kaplan & Walker LLP, a law firm that assists organizations in developing, implementing and improving their corporate compliance and ethics programs. For over twenty years, Ms. Walker has specialized in advising clients on the development and implementation of compliance and ethics programs that are tailored to each client's legal risks and business needs and that conform to applicable government requirements and pronouncements. Ms. Walker has counseled numerous companies in diverse industries on the various components of their compliance and ethics programs, including:

  • Assisting organizations in effectively structuring their programs;
  • Drafting and revising codes of conduct and other policies and procedures, including conflicts of interest and anti-corruption policies and procedures;
  • Developing and delivering compliance training and assisting in the development of compliance training and communications plans;
  • Developing reporting systems, investigations procedures and investigations training; and
  • Developing risk assessment processes and conducting compliance risk assessments.

Ms. Walker has also conducted numerous assessments of compliance and ethics programs, including assessments of entire programs as well as “deep dive” assessments of program elements, such as investigations procedures and program structure, and subject matter areas, such as conflicts of interest and anti-corruption programs.  She has also served as a monitor for the Department of the Air Force and as an independent consultant reviewing programs for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Ms. Walker’s clients have included companies from the oil and gas, government contracting, engineering/construction, energy, financial services, pharmaceutical, health care, banking, automotive, publishing, advertising, consulting, telecommunications, retail, consumer products, apparel, railroad and shipping industries, among others, including many companies in the Fortune 500.

Ms. Walker chairs the Practising Law Institute's annual Compliance and Ethics Essentials program in New York and co-chairs their annual Advanced Compliance and Ethics Workshop.  Ms. Walker serves on the Advisory Board of the Compliance and Ethics Professional Magazine, published by the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics (SCCE) and on the Editorial Board of the Complete Compliance and Ethics Manual. For seven years, Ms. Walker served on the Advisory Board of the SCCE, the largest association of compliance professionals in the world.  For many years, she also served on the Advisory Board of the Corporate Compliance Center at the South Texas College of Law. Ms. Walker is the author of Conflicts of Interest in Business and the Professions: Law and Compliance, published by Thomson West in 2005.  She is the co-author of a number of compliance surveys, published by The Conference Board, the SCCE and others. Ms. Walker has also published numerous articles regarding compliance and ethics.  Ms. Walker is a frequent speaker on compliance and ethics issues, including for the Practising Law Institute, the SCCE, The Conference Board, and other legal and business groups.

Ms. Walker received her B.A. (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) from Georgetown University and her J.D. (cum laude) from Harvard Law School. 

Rick Sinkfield serves as the Chief Legal Officer and Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer for Laureate Education, Inc. (Nasdaq: LAUR), an international network of higher education institutions in Mexico and Peru with over three hundred thousand students. He oversees the work of an extensive team of corporate and university counsel Mr. Sinkfield has served in the General Counsel's office for over 15 years and played a significant role in its growth that at one point reached over a million students across 30 countries - including leading numerous M&A/divestiture efforts in the U.S., Europe and Latin America, as well as strengthening the company’s corporate governance and ethics policies.   

Mr. Sinkfield practiced law at several law firms including the Washington offices of Sidley LLP and Akin Gump, where he developed specialties in corporate/securities law and public policy in areas that included banking, international trade and investment and intellectual property issues.

As a federal political appointee and civil servant, Mr. Sinkfield served as a senior executive in the Treasury Department and as a line attorney at the State Department between 1994 and 1999.

Mr. Sinkfield values the preparation of the next generation of lawyers having served as an adjunct professor at the George Washington School of Law. In addition, he has been a guest lecturer at other universities on topics that have included business and ethics and international negotiation. Throughout his career, Mr. Sinkfield has served on, and advised a number of non-profit boards and organizations whose missions have included fostering public-private micro-partnerships in Central America, arts in education, the performing arts and standardized test tutoring for at-risk high school kids in math and English.

Robert LeMoine is Director, Enterprise Risk Management and Insurance within SCE’s Audit and Risk Management department.  Robert leads a team of risk managers, data scientists, and subject matter experts who are responsible for identifying operational risk, verifying effective mitigation plans, performing risk assessment analysis to develop key enterprise risks (including risks related to ESG, strategy, and climate change), and insurance strategy and procurement.  The Risk Management team is responsible for SCE’s Risk Assessment Mitigation Phase (RAMP) filing and major portions of SCE’s Wildfire Mitigation Plan.  In 2018 and 2019, Robert was a member of the project team advocating on behalf of the Company on wildfire matters.

Prior to joining Enterprise Risk Management in December 2018, Robert was Director, Operations, IT and Cybersecurity Audits.  Prior to joining the Audit Services Department in September 2016, Robert was a Senior Attorney in SCE’s Law Department where he worked on a diverse range of issues, including General Rate Cases, wildfire rulemakings, Catalina Gas and Water, telecommunications matters, the Malibu Fire Investigation, and a wide range of transmission and distribution regulatory matters.

In November 2011, Robert began an assignment in T&D as the Principal Manager of Maintenance and Inspection.  Among other things, his group was heavily involved in responding to inquiries following the November 30, 2011 San Gabriel Valley Windstorm.  Robert then led the team that created SCE’s Pole Loading Program.  In 2013, Robert returned to the law department, where he resumed the role of SCE’s lead attorney for the Pole Loading Program.

Robert earned his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Loyola Marymount University with honors and received a Tau Beta Pi scholarship for graduate school.  Robert attended graduate school at U.C. Berkeley where he earned his Master of Science degree in Environmental Engineering.  Following graduate school, Robert worked as a civil engineer prior to attending law school.  Robert attended law school at Brooklyn Law School in New York and as a visiting student at UCLA School of Law.  Robert began his career as an attorney in the Los Angeles office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, LLP, where he specialized in complex civil litigation, including shareholder and consumer class actions and large corporate bankruptcies.

FactSet creates flexible, open data and software solutions for over 160,000 of investment professionals around the world, providing instant anytime, anywhere access to financial data and analytics that investors use to make crucial decisions.  Ms. Stewart Hughes is responsible for the overall direction, design and implementation of FactSet’s global ethics and compliance program, and she advises the company and the Board on multiple risk areas including harassment prevention, data privacy, and enterprise risk management.  Prior to joining FactSet in March 2021, she served as Chief Compliance Officer at Endeavor Group Holdings and as Deputy Chief Compliance Officer at NBCUniversal. 

Ms. Stewart Hughes is an author, speaker and expert on building and implementing effective compliance programs, as well as a trainer and advocate for gender equity, harassment prevention, and diversity and inclusion.  She has published, lectured and led workshops for organizations including the Practicing Law Institute, the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics, and the Business Roundtable on Ethics.  She serves on the Board of Directors for non-profit storytelling organization, The Moth, and is an advisor to a startup compliance training company, Ethena. 

Ms. Stewart Hughes received her J.D., from Harvard Law School and is a graduate of Yale University, where she received her cum laude BA in Political Science.  She enjoys writing, yoga, vegan cooking and international travel.

Jeff retired in 2018 as the Executive Vice President, Global Governance and Corporate Secretary for Walmart, Inc., responsible for oversight of the company’s global legal, compliance, ethics and security and investigative functions, among others. Jeff joined Walmart in 2003 as Vice President and General Counsel, Corporate Division. In 2007, he became Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, and then took over as the head of the company’s legal department when he was promoted to General Counsel in 2009. Jeff was appointed corporate secretary in 2010, and in 2012 his responsibilities were expanded to include oversight of compliance, ethics and investigations, in addition to legal. Before joining Walmart, Jeff was a partner with Kutak Rock LLP, practicing in the corporate, securities and mergers and acquisitions areas.

Jeff is also a director of Carnival Corporation & plc and Bank OZK.  Jeff holds a B.S.B.A. and a J.D. from the University of Arkansas. 

Mauricio Almar is a global business and senior legal executive with extensive international and domestic experience providing straightforward legal and risk management advice to executive management teams, business operational units, and legal and support services teams. As Sr. Director & Managing Counsel, Global Compliance and Investigations, Mauricio leads Halliburton's Regional Compliance Counsels Practice Group and the Company's global investigations, Code of Business Conduct, data privacy, Local Ethics Officers, and International Business Relationship due diligence programs. He is a Member of or advisor to Halliburton’s Code of Business Conduct Administrative Committee, Agent Review Committee, High Risk Country Evaluation Committee, Policy Review Team, Home Office Internal Controls Committee, and Local Content Regional Oversight Committees.

Prior to joining Halliburton, Mauricio worked closely with corporate clients as an attorney at Arnold & Porter LLP in Washington, DC providing compliance guidance, advice, and solutions regarding U.S. and global compliance systems design, implementation, ongoing assessment, and program evaluation.

Mauricio is a graduate of Duke University of School of Law and received his undergraduate degree in Economics and Political Science from the University of Florida.