Erica Salmon Byrne, J.D.
As Chief Strategy Officer and Executive Chair, Erica Salmon Byrne is responsible for ensuring continuous and strong growth for the company while maintaining Ethisphere’s founding ethos that good businesses do better. Ms. Salmon Byrne also serves as the Chair of the Business Ethics Leadership Alliance; she works with the BELA community to advance the dialogue around ethics and governance and deliver practical guidance to ethics and compliance practitioners around the globe. Ms. Salmon Byrne previously served as CEO, leading the company through its most significant advancements and transitions, while being sought among the most trusted voices and authorities on corporate integrity. Prior to becoming CEO, Ms. Salmon Byrne served as President, where she had responsibility for the organization’s data and services business and worked with Ethisphere’s community of clients to assess ethics and compliance programs and promote best practices across industries.
Prior to joining Ethisphere, Ms. Salmon Byrne served as the Executive Vice President of Compliance & Governance Solutions for NYSE Governance Services, Corpedia, a leading ethics, compliance, and risk assessment consulting company and licensed credentialing partner of Ethisphere. Ms. Salmon Byrne worked closely with Corpedia’s varied clients in addressing their compliance needs, including evaluating compliance programs, assisting companies in measuring peer practices and drafting training programs. She hosted the on-demand web video series, Inside Compliance, and shared the host chair of another on-demand web series from NYSE Governance Services, This Week in the Boardroom. She was also responsible for product strategy for NYSE Governance Services.
Prior to joining Corpedia, Ms. Salmon Byrne practiced with DLA Piper in Washington, DC, where she focused in the areas of internal investigations, enforcement actions, government audits, and international law. Ms. Salmon Byrne has advocated on behalf of clients in front of the Securities and Exchange Commission, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York and the Northern District of Georgia, the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, and the House of Representatives’ Permanent Subcommittee’ for Oversight and Investigations. In addition, she assisted multinational companies in complying with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and U.S. Export Controls.
Ms. Salmon Byrne received a Bachelor of Arts degree from George Washington University, a Master of Arts degree with Highest Distinction from Northeastern University and a Juris Doctor cum laude from the Georgetown University Law Center. She is a regular columnist in The Compliance and Ethics Professional and a contributing editor to the Compliance and Ethics blog. She previously served as adjunct faculty, teaching business ethics in the Department of Business Ethics and Legal Studies in the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver.