ANNAPOLIS, Md., Nov. 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- TRACE International announced today that Michael Ward will join the organization's Advisory Practice as Senior Director of Compliance Solutions, effective November 17, 2014. Mr. Ward will be based in San Francisco, expanding TRACE's West Coast presence.
Mr. Ward is both a former federal prosecutor and an experienced chief compliance officer who has built and led award winning compliance programs at companies such as Target, McKesson, Adobe and Cisco Systems. Most recently, Mr. Ward was Deputy General Counsel and Vice President of Compliance Systems and Investigations with Cisco Systems in San Jose, California. Before joining Cisco, he was the Chief Compliance Officer at Adobe Systems and he had previously established and directed ethics and compliance programs at McKesson Corporation and Target Corporation.
"Mike's in-depth knowledge of the FCPA and in-house experience building compliance programs for Fortune 500 companies, along with his prosecutorial background, will be invaluable to our members and clients," said Alexandra Wrage, President of TRACE. "Mike brings a great deal of industry know-how and hands-on experience to TRACE's Advisory Team. He is a leader in the field of compliance and his focus on cost-effective solutions runs parallel to TRACE's overarching mission. We are delighted to have him on board."
"I am excited to be joining TRACE, an organization that I have worked with closely over the years and that is committed to providing pragmatic alternatives to increasingly time-consuming and expensive corporate compliance," said Mr. Ward. "I was attracted to TRACE by their incredibly talented and professional team of lawyers, due diligence analysts and compliance professionals and by the opportunity to develop pioneering compliance solutions for TRACE's growing West Coast member and client base. I look forward to working with the TRACE team to build on the organization's success in providing cost-effective and innovative compliance solutions."
As a chief compliance officer, Mr. Ward has built risk-based programs that help senior management prioritize their attention and limited program resources on the most significant risks through enterprise compliance risk assessments and other proactive tools. He has led internal investigations in Russia, China, India, Korea, Indonesia, Thailand, Taiwan, Germany, Poland, Belgium, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Australia, Singapore and South Africa and other jurisdictions.
For over 16 years, Mr. Ward was an Assistant U.S. Attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice specializing in the prosecution of fraud, public corruption, insider trading, money laundering, price fixing and other white-collar crimes. Before entering public service, he was an attorney with Shearman & Sterling in both New York and San Francisco. He was judicial law clerk to the Chief Judge of the US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. He graduated from George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C. and is also a graduate of the University of Minnesota School of Business and Economics.
TRACE provides an end-to-end, cost-effective and practical solution for anti-bribery and third party compliance. TRACE International is a leading anti-bribery business association that pools resources to provide members with technology-enabled compliance tools and an expansive knowledge center. TRACE members include hundreds of multinational corporations, as well as thousands of small and medium-sized enterprises throughout the world. TRACE International works with TRACE Incorporated to offer both members and non-members customizable risk-based due diligence, training and advisory services. With a shared mission to advance commercial transparency, TRACE International and TRACE Incorporated provide companies with one complete anti-bribery and third party compliance solution.
For more information, visit www.TRACEinternational.org.
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