Ambassador of Assurance
Business Partner, Corporate Governance and Finance Senior Executive with over 20 years experience at Board level and internationally gained in Deloitte, blue chip and PE backed companies.
Welcome to my blog
“Welcome to my blog. The idea of this blog started when I was looking for a forum where I could share all my views and opinions about the ever-increasing and never-ending shocking events in the corporate and business world that makes us question the reliance placed in the information received.
This blog aims to welcome discussions, opinions, points of view, suggestions, recommendations in an environment where a spade is called a spade.
Through my experience I have helped highlight significant issues and implement solutions to mitigate their impact. This experience has constantly demonstrated that hiding the issue under the carpet is the worst decision. Once there it can only grow until it explodes in front of everybody’s noses.
Is there a solution to this? Yes, there is, at least, a solution for every single issue. It may require some effort but there is a solution.”
Société Générale was ordered to pay unfair dismissal award to his former employee, Jérôme Kerviel, who caused the French bank significant losses in trading.
The Tribunal agreed with Mr. Kerviel’s argument that his risky trades were accepted, tolerated and even “tacitly” encouraged by his managers provided they were profitable.
Mr. Kerviel was not alone on this, so all the additional parties involved (i.e.: his line managers, the internal auditors and compliance department) should be brought in front of Justice and compensate the bank and its shareholders.
Regulators are also benefited, as this judgment opens the scope of the fraud and corruption cases, due to lack of controls or control weaknesses, to senior management, in particular when the lack of controls has been due to a corporate decision.
Moreover, politicians should think twice who in the corporate world they deal with, as campaigning for good governance and dealing with senior executives linked directly or indirectly to fraud or corruption (or just conscious poor governance) may* be perceived as antagonistic.
Ten biggest banks scandals have costed £53bn in fines, FT 11 April 2016. Apparently Internal Audit and Compliance teams did not see any of the issues that caused the scandals, neither the financial crisis…Can you imagine the VW Internal Audit team being told that they had style of writing issues as soon as they raised the emissions problem? The way some companies reward an internal auditor or compliance person highlighting serious issues is by campaigning against, raising negative feedback against and putting him/her under huge stress.read more
Is it really so difficult for senior executives to know what is going on? What is the escalation process? Is there any? If so, how does it work?
There are many cases of wrongdoings in the business and the corporate world.
Internal Audit and Compliance departments are at the forefront of the speak-up and escalation lines and yet, when looking at the scandals, it seems these lines are not very busy.