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Timothy Erblich
Timothy ErblichChief Executive Officer
Tim Erblich is the CEO of the Ethisphere Institute. Mr. Erblich is tasked with leading the overall growth and revenue of the business as well as charting strategy.

He is the former President of NYSE Governance Services, which includes Compliance and Board Services businesses Corpedia & Corporate Board Member, respectively.

Prior to leading NYSE Governance Services, Mr. Erblich served as the Executive Vice President of the Ethisphere Institute. Before joining Ethisphere, Mr. Erblich spent more than 20 years in various executive roles at Thomson Legal & Regulatory, now Thomson Reuters. This included most

recently efforts leading to serve the AMLAW 100 channel across the Thomson North American Legal business. With the acquisition of West by Thomson, Mr. Erblich was asked to lead the strategy and development of the Corporate Market.

Mr. Erblich frequently speaks for boards or executive leadership programs as well as global industry events and has presented on many topics relating to ethics, governance and compliance issues.

These include: The Global Law Summit, NYSE’s This Week in the Boardroom, Annual Boardroom Summit, Annual General Counsel Forum, Ethisphere’s Best Practices in Ethics and Communications, The Global Ethics Summit as well as the annual meeting of the Association of Corporate Counsel.

Mr. Erblich graduated from the University of Arizona. He also participated in the Thomson Executive Leadership development program in partnership with Columbia.

Alexander F. Brigham
Alexander F. BrighamExecutive Chairman and Founder
Alex Brigham is the Executive Chairman and Founder of the Ethisphere Institute, the world’s most recognized authority in the research, rating and certification of corporate and institutional ethics, anti-corruption and sustainability efforts.

Mr. Brigham speaks frequently on the topic of corporate ethics, sustainability, anti-corruption, corporate citizenship and how such matters correlate to a company’s financial performance, regulatory track record and consumer and stakeholder perception. Mr. Brigham has appeared as a guest commentator on CNBC, FOX, NPR, CBS News Radio and Corporate Board Member’s “This Week in the Boardroom.”

Mr. Brigham’s print and online article contributions and quotations have been featured by, Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, Financial Times, Huffington Post, New York Times, Reuters, U.S. News & World Report and Motley Fool.

Past speaking engagements include the World Economic Development Forum, Forbes Ethical Leadership Forum, Annual Ethisphere Global Ethics Summit, Human Capital Institute, among others. Previously, Mr. Brigham was President and Chief Executive Officer of the risk assessment and compliance training firm Corpedia Corporation. Prior to that, Mr. Brigham was a principal at the leveraged buyout firm partnership Clayton, Dubilier & Rice (CD&R) and also served as a financial analyst at the investment banking firm Lazard Freres.

Mr. Brigham is a graduate of Yale University (New Haven, CT) and St Paul’s School (Concord, NH). He is also Managing Partner of the private investment firm Brigham Holdings, as well as a board member of the Scottsdale Chapter of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO).

Erica Salmon Byrne
Erica Salmon ByrneExecutive Vice President, Governance and Compliance
Erica Salmon Byrne is the Executive Vice President, Governance and Compliance for The Ethisphere Institute, where she has responsibility for the organization’s data and services business and works with Ethisphere’s community of clients to assess ethics and compliance programs and promote best practices across industries. Ms. Salmon Byrne also serves as the Executive Director 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.

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 the Ethisphere Institute. 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.

Stefan Linssen
Stefan LinssenChief Content Officer
Stefan Linssen is the Chief Content Officer at the Ethisphere Institute and is responsible for setting the direction of Ethisphere’s global media platforms, which include Ethisphere’s publications, Ethisphere Magazine and Ethics Summits held in key cities across North America, Europe, Latin America and Asia, and other domestic and global platforms which provide opportunities for senior
executives of multinational companies to connect with and learn from one another, as well as to share tools and resources to enhance and expand their ethics, legal and governance programs.

Prior to working at Ethisphere, Mr. Linssen held roles in various journalism and public relations fields. Mr. Linssen graduated from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

Ty Francis
Ty FrancisExecutive Vice President, Global Programs
Ty Francis is Executive Vice President of Global Programs at the Ethisphere Institute with responsibility for the long-term strategy and revenue production across Ethisphere’s full suite of events, research and magazine business.

Previous to his current role, Mr. Francis most recently served as Vice President and Publisher of NYSE Governance Services, a division of the New York Stock Exchange, where he was the chief revenue driver for all advertising and sponsorship for its Corporate Board Member magazine and events business.

Through his leadership and development of key new business relationships, Mr. Francis advanced the market leadership position for the company in the governance, investor relations and board education markets and was instrumental in producing new conferences and research initiatives.

In 2014, Mr. Francis was appointed as a Business Advocate for Wales in the USA, by The Right Honorable Carwyn Jones AM, First Minister of Wales to further Welsh culture, business and promote it as a premium place to invest. Mr. Francis also serves as an advisory board member for ‘Women in the Boardroom Inc’, a company committed to advancing women in their careers and into the boardroom.

Mr. Francis studied at Southampton Solent University in England. Mr. Francis attended Stanford Law School’s Director’s College, the nation’s premier executive education program for directors and senior executives of publicly traded firms and completed a program at Yale University which focused on digital and print publishing. Mr. Francis was born in Cardiff, Wales and holds both UK and US citizenship, and currently resides in New York City with his wife Alayna and his daughter Seren.

Jonathan Whitacre
Jonathan WhitacreExecutive Vice President, Ethisphere Services
Jonathan Whitacre is the Executive Vice President of the Ethisphere Institute and leads growth strategy and revenue production for both the Ethisphere Services business and the Business Ethics Leadership Alliance (BELA).
Mr. Whitacre has a 19-year history in the legal, regulatory and compliance space. Most recently, he was Director of Sales at NYSE Governance Services, Corpedia, and led sales and account management for accounts in the southeastern USA. Services focused on ethics and compliance training as well as ethics program assessment and rehabilitation.

Prior to the NYSE, Mr. Whitacre served in various business development, consulting and leadership roles at Thomson Legal & Regulatory, now Thomson Reuters.

Mr. Whitacre holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  When not at work, you might find Jonathan training for another triathlon, out trail-running or on a back-country adventure.

Michael Byrne
Michael ByrneGeneral Counsel and Senior Vice President of Thought Leadership
Michael Byrne serves as the General Counsel and Senior Vice President of Thought Leadership for The Ethisphere Institute. In this role, Mr. Byrne works with members of the Business Ethics Leadership Alliance, companies named to Ethisphere’s World’s Most Ethical Companies list and others to further the dialogue around the imperative of ethics and compliance in business today.

Prior to joining Ethisphere, Mr. Byrne was Assistant General Counsel at TeleTech Holdings, Inc., a leading business process outsourcing company that provided services to multinational companies, including many in the Fortune 500. At TeleTech, Mr. Byrne was responsible for managing the company’s commercial litigation as well as its compliance program; that complex program covered over forty thousand employees, as well as the compliance issues facing TeleTech’s clients and required Mr. Byrne to be on top of the compliance issues facing almost every major business segment, including financial services and healthcare.

Mr. Byrne’s experience managing compliance for a publicly traded global company that was also a supplier to Fortune 500 companies, combined with his current role interacting with companies and professionals at the forefront of the ethics and compliance field, give him a unique appreciation and understanding of the various challenges facing companies today.
Before joining TeleTech, Mr. Byrne practiced at Brownstein Hyatt Farber & Schreck where he focused on complex commercial litigation, including security fraud and antitrust matters. And before that, he practiced at Cohen Milstein Hausfeld & Toll, where he worked on large and complex antitrust matters.

Mr. Byrne received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Virginia and a Juris Doctor with honors from The George Washington University.

Scott Gray
Scott GrayVice President, Finance and Operations
Scott Gray is Vice President, Finance and Operations of the Ethisphere Institute. He is tasked with overall financial operations as well as data reporting and strategy.

He is the former Head and Director of Global Sales Excellence at Thomson Reuters Governance, Risk, and Compliance Division. Prior to providing leadership to the GRC Division, he held various Operations and Finance

leadership roles in Thomson Reuters legal division and Finance roles at Fortune 500 Firms Progress Energy and IBM.

Mr. Gray earned a master’s of business administration from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at The University of North Carolina and a bachelor’s degree with honors in finance from Auburn University

Kevin McCormack
Kevin McCormackVice President, Global Thought Leadership & Programs
Kevin McCormack is the Vice President for Global Thought Leadership & Programs, overseeing the development of all global summits, roundtables, webinars and the connection of organizational leadership that contributes and participates in Ethisphere events throughout the United States and regionally in Asia, Latin America and Europe.

Prior to joining Ethisphere in 2013, Kevin spent 12 years at Thomson Reuters, most recently as the Manager for Online Content & Partner Relations for West LegalEdcenter, an award winning Thomson Reuters business featuring the most comprehensive online collection of Continuing Legal Education (CLE) content in the world.

Kevin holds a JD from the University of North Dakota School of Law and an MBA from the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota. Kevin is based in Denver, Colorado.

Chris Nixon
Chris NixonGlobal Head of Marketing
Chris Nixon is the Global Head of Marketing for The Ethisphere Institute, where he has responsibility for the organization’s go-to-market strategy and execution across Ethisphere’s business lines. Throughout his career, Mr. Nixon has a proven ability to identify unique opportunities that ignite brand and revenue growth into new markets and product segments.

Mr. Nixon also serves as the Group Publisher for Ethisphere Magazine. 

Prior to joining Ethisphere, Mr. Nixon served as the Executive Vice President of Marketing for Convercent, a leading SaaS provider of ethics and compliance solutions for the enterprise, where he was responsible for enterprise marketing and working with global organizations to enable and instill ethics at the core of their company through the implementation, management and measurement of modern compliance programs.

Prior to joining Convercent, Mr. Nixon held a series of marketing senior leadership roles at various software organizations, including TapInfluence, Rivet Software, and River Software. Mr. Nixon received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he focused on business finance.

Randy Klatt
Randy KlattDirector, Business Development
Randy serves as the Director of Business Development for the Ethisphere Institute and is responsible for growing Business Ethics Leadership Alliance community. He joined Ethisphere in the fall of 2016 after a successful career in the legal services industry, including having served in both sales and sales management roles over 19 years at Thomson Reuters.

Having spent over 9 years in the governance, risk and compliance industry, his focus is partnering with our customers to guide them through the complex, regulatory and compliance environment.  He received his B.S. in Economics & Business Administration from Illinois College.

Randy and his family live in Charlotte, NC.  Away from work, he stays active by running, mountain biking, competing in triathlons and following college sports.

Jodie Fredericksen
Jodie FredericksenSenior Compliance Counsel
Jodie Fredericksen is Senior Compliance Counsel for Ethisphere. Ms. Fredericksen specializes in implementing corporate compliance solutions for Ethisphere’s clients. Her work includes providing clients with ethics and compliance thought leadership, drafting and revising policies that meet the highest legal and ethical standards, and evaluating clients’ ethics and compliance programs.

Prior to joining Ethisphere, Ms. Fredericksen worked for NYSE Governance Services, a leading ethics, compliance, and risk assessment consulting company located in Phoenix, Arizona. Ms. Fredericksen began working for the company in 2008, when it was formerly known as Corpedia Corporation. While working for NYSE Governance Services, Ms. Fredericksen drafted and revised corporate policies and codes of conduct, conducted ethics and compliance benchmarking reviews and performed risk assessments.

Ms. Fredericksen’s background also includes in-house experience, where she served as the Director of Compliance for IHS, a public company located outside of Denver, Colorado. In this role, Ms. Fredericksen maintained day-to-day responsibility for the company’s ethics and compliance program. Her responsibilities included overseeing and managing the company’s compliance policies and procedures, developing and conducting compliance training, conducting risk assessments and audits, as well as internal investigations.

Ms. Fredericksen spent the first half of her career in private practice, serving as a litigator specializing in the securities and enforcement defense field. Her practice focused on defending corporations and executives in connection with investigations instituted by, or enforcement actions before, the Securities and Exchange Commission. While the vast majority of these cases centered on improper accounting allegations, many included aspects related to breakdowns in corporate compliance programs as well. Her responsibilities typically included conducting internal investigations, appearing before the Securities and Exchange Commission, and litigating cases in federal court.

Ms. Fredericksen received her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Iowa and was an editor of the Iowa Law Review.

Aarti Maharaj
Aarti MaharajExecutive Editor and Director of Digital Content
Aarti Maharaj is Executive Editor and Director of Digital Content. She has been a Business Journalist for over seven years. Most recently, Aarti served as the Digital Content Editor at Compliance Week where she covered compliance, risk, and corporate governance news both in Europe and around the world. She was the Editor of Compliance Week’s Global Glimpses blog and a Moderator at the
magazine’s annual conference in Washington D.C. and Europe. Prior to this move, Aarti was a Senior Writer at AECOM Technology Corporation where she was the communications lead for the Company’s Global Ethics and compliance program. Aarti was also the Deputy Editor of Corporate Secretary Magazine.

She holds a Master’s Degree in Communication and Journalism from Fordham University and is also an Adjunct Professor in Pace University’s Communication Studies Department.

Douglas Allen
Douglas AllenManaging Director, Data Services
Douglas Allen is Managing Director of the Ethisphere Institute, where he leads benchmarking, certification, and partnership efforts. Previously, Douglas spent six years with providing compliance- and ethics-related advisory services, including developing compliance and ethics risk assessments, codes of conduct, corporate policies and procedures, and communication and training curriculum plans. Douglas received his Bachelors from the University of Arizona and Masters of Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame.
Sarah Neumann
Sarah NeumannDirector, Engagement - Business Ethics Leadership Alliance (BELA)
Sarah Neumann is the Director of Member Engagement for the Business Ethics Leadership Alliance.

Prior to joining Ethisphere, Sarah spent 10 years at Thomson Reuters, most recently in the areas of continuing legal education, learning management and professional development. In that capacity, Sarah worked closely with the large law firm and corporate legal department

clients of West LegalEdcenter (WLEc), an award-winning collection of Continuing Legal Education and Attorney Skills Training content. Before Thomson Reuters, Sarah was with a small Minnesota-based law firm for three years.

Sarah holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication from the University of North Dakota and a Juris Doctor from Mitchell Hamline School of Law.

Clea Nabozny
Clea NaboznyDirector, Marketing and Media Relations
Clea Nabozny is the Director of Marketing and Media Relations where she and her team develop the marketing, branding and communications strategies for Ethisphere’s broad suite of data services, global events and programs, and publications.

Prior to joining Ethisphere, Ms. Nabozny was an account manager at Off Madison Ave, one of

the largest advertising agencies in Phoenix. While there she led marketing lifecycle, advertising, and digital strategy for 8 clients in various industries and was part of the account management team for the agency’s largest client, the Arizona Office of Tourism. She also developed the agency’s process for on-boarding new web development clients and designed creative ways to pitch existing and new business.
Prior to Off Madison Ave, Ms. Nabozny was a Marketing Associate at NYSE Governance Services (formerly Corpedia) leading the creation and development of communications and lead generation strategies, product and services launches, and digital branding and website platforms.
Ms. Nabozny earned her Bachelor of Science in Marketing from the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University.
Chelsie Chmela
Chelsie ChmelaDirector, Global Events
Chelsie Chmela is the Director of Global Events, executing the production of Global Ethics Summits, Gala, roundtables and webinars providing a platform for leaders to join together throughout the United States, Asia, Europe and Latin America.

Previously, Chelsie was with Starwood Hotels and Resorts at the Sheraton Premier Tysons

Corner VA where she was honored with the Starwood’s North America Division and North Region Best in Class Executive Meeting Specialist – MPSI Survey award and Starwood’s Win with Talent: Change and Innovation Leader.

Prior to Ethisphere, Ms. Chmela worked with a local award-winning wedding and event firm in AZ  developing and structuring pre- and onsite planning and marketing campaigns. Additional prior experience included managing and fully producing a local mud run, and enhancing the exposure and membership of a non-profit charitable organization. Chelsie assisted in the production through logistics, budgeting and marketing of Arizona-based events such as Scottsdale Fashion Week, Special Olympics Opening Ceremonies, Best Buddies Spirit of Friendship Gala, Beauty of a Bonzer Gala and Tempe Town Lake 4th of July Celebration.

Ms. Chmela holds a Bachelor of Arts degree and certifications in Special Events Coordination and Convention Sales and Meeting Planning from Arizona State University.

Eric Morehead
Eric MoreheadStrategic Advisor
Eric Morehead is the Principal Consultant at Morehead Compliance Consulting with more than 15 years experience working with organizations seeking to cure compliance issues and build effective compliance and ethics programs.  Eric works with clients to assess and improve their compliance and ethic programs utilizing the U.S. Federal Sentencing
Guidelines, benchmarking data and industry best practices as the foundation for review. He assists in drafting compliance policies and codes of conduct, works with organizations to build and improve their systems,  and provides live training for Boards of Directors, executives, managers and employees.

Eric was previously the Head of Advisory Services for NYSE Governance Services, a leading ethics, compliance, and risk assessment training organization. There he worked with NYSE Governance Service’s varied clients to build and enhance their compliance programs.

Prior to joining NYSE, Eric was an Assistant General Counsel of the United States Sentencing Commission in Washington, DC. In this position he was responsible for assisting members of the Commission by researching, developing, and drafting amendments of the U.S. Federal Sentencing Guidelines.  Eric chaired the policy team that revised the Organizational Sentencing Guidelines and strengthened organizational ethics and compliance best practices in 2010.

Previous to his role with the U.S. Sentencing Commission, Eric was a litigation attorney at Hinton, Sussman, Bailey & Davidson in Houston, Texas.  Eric focused on white-collar and regulatory cases where he represented clients at trial and before various agencies including SEC, OSHA and CFTC. His litigation experience includes representing clients facing alleged violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, antitrust laws, and other serious fraud allegations.

A frequent speaker at compliance and ethics related events, Eric’s experience in dealing with serious compliance and ethics failures, coupled with his knowledge of government policy and expectations, can provide valuable insight for organizations.

Eric received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Baylor University and a Juris Doctorate from South Texas College of Law and is a Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional (CCEP). He lives outside of Austin, Texas with his wife and three children.