Ethisphere Taps Software and Information Exec to Lead Product Development

Charles R. Vanek to Drive Ethics Leader’s Focus on Products That Help Data-Centric Companies

​Ethisphere, a global leader in defining and advancing standards of ethical business practices, announced today that Charles (Charlie) R. Vanek, a seasoned product management executive with previous stints at Blackbaud and MicroEdge, has joined the company and will serve as Executive Vice President and Chief Product Officer. In his new position, Mr. Vanek will be responsible for product development and distribution for Ethisphere and the company’s globally recognized Business Ethics Leadership Alliance (BELA). He will report to Ethisphere’s Chief Executive Officer, Tim Erblich.

Mr. Vanek was most recently Vice President of Product Management at Blackbaud, the foremost provider of software to the corporate philanthropic community. Previously, Vanek worked at Thomson Reuters as Head of Insurance Solutions, Financial and Risk, directing sales, marketing, and product development for the company’s insurance regulatory information and software business. He has had broad responsibilities in the software and information sector for the last 17 years, including roles in operations, new product development, product marketing, and business development.

“Charlie’s background in product management and the software and information sector makes him the ideal person to lead our product development in ways that will innovate and drive our core mission to provide data-based solutions and actionable insights for companies that understand the need to measure results in order to improve performance,” Ethisphere Chief Executive Officer Timothy Erblich said. “He brings the entire package, with a broad understanding of driving results through data and the experience of building capabilities and efficiencies across value chains. I am confident that Charlie is the right person for this position, and we are very pleased to have him join our team at Ethisphere.”

Ethisphere’s data-driven assessments help companies evaluate, benchmark, and verify programs and practices of leading frameworks. Through the Ethics and Compliance, Culture, Anticorruption, Trade Secret and IP, and Cybersecurity assessments, companies gain deep insights into the effectiveness of their programs and receive guidance on how to utilize the practical and actionable roadmap provided by Ethisphere to help prioritize program initiatives, intelligently allocate current resources, and plan for future investment.

“Charlie is a product innovator who has a strong understanding of how to create value for a company’s clients and how to simplify complex problems,” said Preston McKenzie, Operating Partner, Operations Group, General Atlantic. “He is an expert at data and software solutions and will be an excellent addition to the Ethisphere team.”

“With all current research demonstrating a definitive correlation between corporate ethics and financial performance, Ethisphere, which is growing by leaps and bounds in global influence and stature, continues to cement its value in today’s business environment,” Mr. Vanek said. “I look forward to blending my experiences in strategic product development and social responsibility to energize and advance Ethisphere’s cutting-edge suite of products and services. As companies continue to recognize the benefits of improving their governance, ethics, and compliance programs and amplifying results through data-driven analysis and measurement, Ethisphere’s products and services will remain an essential part of their overall business plans.”

Mr. Vanek holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Iowa State University and an MBA from the University of Chicago. He serves on the Board of Directors of Mission Box, an information and software business that serves the nonprofit community, headquartered in Austin, TX, and Open Eye Figure Theatre, an inventive theatre in Minneapolis. He resides in Minneapolis with his wife Jenifer and two children.

About Ethisphere 

The Ethisphere® Institute is the global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices that fuel corporate character, marketplace trust, and business success. Ethisphere has deep expertise in measuring and defining core ethics standards using data-driven insights that help companies enhance corporate character. Ethisphere honors superior achievement through its World’s Most Ethical Companies® recognition program provides a community of industry experts with the Business Ethics Leadership Alliance (BELA), and showcases trends and best practices in ethics with Ethisphere Magazine. Ethisphere also helps to advance business performance through data-driven assessments, benchmarking, and guidance. More information about Ethisphere can be found at

About BELA

Founded by Ethisphere, the Business Ethics Leadership Alliance (BELA) is a globally recognized organization of leading companies collaborating together to share best practices in governance, risk management, compliance, and ethics. BELA’s membership has since grown to a large community of companies who recognize the inherent value of promoting ethical leadership and world-class compliance culture. Learn more about BELA by visiting To nominate a company to join BELA, contact Director of Member Engagement Sarah Neumann at [email protected].


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