What’s the best way to get compliance a seat at the big business table? At least one compliance chief does it by structuring her staff around her company’s three business divisions while still keeping the compliance program centralized and reporting to her.

“Having a centralized compliance program is good from a governance perspective,” attorney Suzanne Webb Sainato, chief audit and compliance officer at Symetra Financial Corp., told CorpCounsel.com. “But it is also good to have each leader of a key business area have dedicated compliance staff within their departments. That helps drive us to the table.”

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Forum to Be Held April 26-28 in Coral Gables, Fla.

BETHESDA, MD – (April 23, 2015) – Consero Group, an international leader in hosting high-level, invitation-only events for senior executives, today announced the April 2015 Corporate Compliance & Ethics Forum to be held April 26 – 28 at The Biltmore Miami Coral Gables in Coral Gables, Fla. The upcoming Forum will address how to approach risk reduction universally, as well as other challenges facing executives today.

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Forum to Be Held May 3-5 in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

BETHESDA, MD – (April 21, 2015) – Consero Group, an international leader in hosting high-level, invitation-only events for senior executives, today announced the 2015 Financial Services & Insurance Litigation Forum to be held May 3-5 at PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. The upcoming Forum will address the role Chief Litigation Officers play in preventing potential litigation around the use of wearable tech, biometrics, and social media, as well as other challenges facing these executives today.

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April Forum Is First in Switzerland for Consero

BETHESDA, MD – (April 13, 2015) – Consero Group, an international leader in hosting high-level, invitation-only events for senior executives, today announced the 2015 IP Forum for Pharmaceuticals & Biotechnology to be held 20-22 April in Egerkingen, Switzerland. The upcoming Forum, strategically situated between Zürich and Basel, is the first in Switzerland for Consero.

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BETHESDA, MD – (April 9, 2015) –  Forty-seven percent of contact center executives expressed dissatisfaction with the quality of training their service center agents are receiving, according to a new survey by Consero Group, an international leader in creating high-level, invitation-only events for senior executives.  The results were reported as part of the 2015 Contact Center Data Survey, compiled by Consero Group.

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BETHESDA, Md- (March 24, 2015) – When assessing areas of risk facing their departments, nearly half (45%) of Chief Procurement Officers named supplier risk as a top concern, according to a new survey by Consero Group, an international leader in creating high-level, invitation-only events for senior executives. The results were reported as part of the 2015 Global Procurement & Strategic Sourcing Data Survey, compiled by Consero Group.

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Originally Published in Supply Chain Management Review | By Patrick Burnson | March 23, 2015

The results were reported as part of the 2015 Global Procurement & Strategic Sourcing Data Survey, compiled by Consero Group.

When assessing areas of risk facing their departments, nearly half (45%) of Chief Procurement Officers named supplier risk as a top concern, according to a new survey by Consero Group.

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Originally Published in Corporate Counsel | By Michael W. Peregrine | March 20, 2015

Governance effectiveness at any company will benefit from the board of directors’ expanded interaction with the general counsel.

Ideally, this enhanced interaction would go beyond the traditional practice of general counsel attendance at board meetings, responding to questions and presenting reports on specific agenda matters; it also would go beyond the “best practice” of periodic executive sessions with the general counsel. Instead, communication between the board and general counsel should extend to greater, and more formal (e.g., quarterly reports), opportunities for the general counsel to share perspectives on a broader range of issues that do, or ought to, matter to the board.

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Originally Published in SmallBizDaily | March 7, 2015 | By Rieva Lesonsky

1) Escape from the Cubicle Jungle

These days, workplaces come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Many companies are allowing employees to work at home, which, while a great perk, isn’t an option for all businesses. But there’s a way you can provide a more comfortable working environment in the office, and not a cubicle jungle.

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Originally Published in Law Society Gazette | March 9, 2015 | By Monidipa Fouzder

Companies may be exposing themselves to compliance risks by not involving their chief compliance officers (CCOs) in big-picture international business decisions, research by a consultancy suggests.

A report from consultancy Consero shows that more than half (58%) of CCOs do not feel their compliance department is sufficiently integrated into corporate decision-making and strategy.

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