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PHOENIX, Arizona—September 18, 2013 —The Ethisphere™ Institute, an independent organization that has successfully worked with organizations around the world to improve transparency, performance and trust, today announced its new executive team.

Tim Erblich, formerly President of NYSE Governance Services, joins Ethisphere as Chief Executive Officer.  Tim has worked with leading companies in the governance space for more than twenty years and is a recognized leader in ethics, governance and compliance, frequently speaking at industry events and leadership meetings. His most recent address at Ford Motor Company was on “Trust is the New Black”.

“The confidence our partners place in us – to help them build and measure the culture that enhances their relationships with customers, employees, regulators and investors – is truly humbling,” said Tim.  “Our discussions with executives from world-class organizations like AECOM, Aflac, GE, Jones Lang LaSalle and HCA confirm that companies from around the world aspire to great brands and great cultures.  We value every invitation to join a boardroom discussion and take seriously our commitment to provide the measurement and tools that can help CEOs and compliance professionals make a difference”, he added.

Chris Dragon, President, Ethisphere, most recently served as President, Pearson Digital Learning.  Chris’s impressive career includes senior level roles at a variety of knowledge-building organizations including Thomson NETg and KnowledgeNet.  Chris will work with leading companies and the Ethisphere team to create more robust measurement tools and technologies to enable organizations to evaluate and improve their compliance, ethics and governance performance.

Tia Smallwood joins Ethisphere as Chief Marketing Officer.  Tia’s experience spans a range of leadership and marketing management positions at SAI Global Compliance, Educational Testing Service and Johnson & Johnson.  She will spearhead the effort to enhance Ethisphere’s World’s Most Ethical Companies recognition program and provide additional opportunities for organizations to better engage employees, business partners and investors in measuring and improving business conduct.

“We know that there’s a direct correlation between companies that invest the most in ethical behavior and how they financially perform,” said Alex Brigham, Ethisphere’s Founder and Executive Director.  “This group of key industry leaders is singularly focused on advancing the conversation about ethics and compliance programs in executive suites and boardrooms, and in providing a deeper understanding of best practices in mitigating risk, improving governance and enhancing culture.”

About Ethisphere
The Ethisphere™ Institute is an independent center of research, best practices and thought leadership that promotes best practices in corporate ethics and compliance and enables organizations to improve governance, mitigate risk, and enhance relationships with employees, business partners, investors and the broad regulatory community.  Ethisphere evaluates and benchmarks compliance and governance programs, honors superior achievement through its World’s Most Ethical Companies’ recognition program, and publishes Ethisphere Magazine. Ethisphere is also the leading provider of independent verification of corporate ethics and compliance programs that include: Ethics Inside Certification, Compliance Leader Verification and Anti-Corruption Program Verification.

Ethisphere will host its second annual “Best Practices in Ethics Communications Workshop” in New York City on October 24 and will begin receiving applications for the 2014 World’s Most Ethical Companies recognition program on October 1.  Learn more at


Clea Nabozny
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