The Ethical Leadership Group, NAVEX Global’s advisory services division, was formed in 1993 with a straightforward mission – to help companies develop and promote cultures of integrity.
Since their founding, the ELG has become known throughout the industry as the leading ethics and compliance consulting group. Their advisors are frequently published, respected speakers at industry conferences and widely recognized for thought and practice leadership.
Their ranks include a former Department of Justice attorney and highly respected practitioners who have served as corporate ethics and compliance officers for public, private and non-profit organizations. They have worked globally in more than 40 countries, utilizing an unmatched level of experience to offer rigorous analysis, practical insight and cost effective recommendations for ethics and compliance program improvement. Collectively, they bring more than 150 years of experience specifically in managing ethics and compliance initiatives to inform client engagements.
ELG earns new clients and business primarily by their reputation and the recommendations of the existing client base. Annually, the majority of the consulting business is generated from clients who initiated relationships in prior years, and have asked ELG to do additional work for them. We believe this is the single best indicator of the quality ELG demonstrate in all of their work and their obsession with client service.
Carrie Penman is NAVEX Global's chief compliance officer and senior vice president of advisory services. She has been with the firm since 2003 after four years as deputy director of the Ethics and Compliance Officer Association (ECOA). Carrie was one of the earliest ethics officers in America—a scientist who developed and directed the first corporate-wide global ethics program at Westinghouse Electric Corporation. Since joining the advisory services team, she has conducted numerous program and culture assessment projects for its clients and regularly works with and trains company boards of directors and executive teams. She also serves as a corporate monitor and independent consultant for companies with government agreements.
Mary Bennett, R.Ph. is vice president of advisory services and a pharmacist by training. She previously served as vice president in the Compliance and Integrity office at Caremark, where she implemented the requirements of one of the first government agreements in healthcare. Mary works across all industries for the advisory services team, creating and facilitating award-winning training programs, conducting large and small program assessments, developing compliance communications and helping clients develop best practice programs from the ground up.
Diane Brown, vice president and head of operations for the advisory services team, has more than 16 years of experience in compliance and legal roles. She has also served as vice president of compliance operations for NAVEX Global, where she had direct responsibility for hotline intake processes. Prior to joining NAVEX Global, Diane worked as senior investigations and security analyst for U.S. Foods and as an international compliance coordinator for a large defense firm. She has also worked for the international consulting firm Booz, Allen & Hamilton, where she operated exclusively on defense initiatives related to the armed forces Joint Task Force.
Andrew Foose, J.D., vice president of advisory services, is a former senior trial attorney in the U.S. Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division. Andy is recognized among the country's leading experts on conducting lawful and effective internal investigations and has trained thousands of attorneys, compliance officers, auditors and human resource professionals on best-practice investigative techniques and on how to write effective, comprehensive investigative reports. He currently works with organizations ranging from large multi-national companies to smaller non-profits to assess their ethics and compliance programs and to provide guidance on ways to enhance program effectiveness and efficiency.
Ingrid Fredeen, J.D., vice president of advisory services, has been specializing in ethics and legal compliance training for more than 10 years. She has been the principal design and content developer for NAVEX Global’s online training course initiatives utilizing her more than 15 years of specialization in employment law and legal compliance. Prior to joining NAVEX Global, Ingrid worked both as a litigator with Littler Mendelson, the world’s largest employment law firm, and as in-house corporate counsel for General Mills, Inc. a premier Fortune 500 food manufacturing company.
Eddy O’Mara is an analyst on NAVEX Global’s Advisory Services team. He leads the development of our Integrity Diagnostics product offering, as well as making key statistical and analytical contributions to our annual Ethics and Compliance Hotline Benchmark Report and Client Culture Surveys. Eddy graduated from Bentley University with both a B.A. in Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility and a B.S. in Business Management. He has been with NAVEX Global’s Advisory Services team since 2012.
Ed Petry, Ph.D., joined the organization in 2004 after almost ten years as executive director of the Ethics and Compliance Officer Association (ECOA). Ed served on the Advisory Panel to the U.S. Sentencing Commission, which was responsible for the 2004 revisions. Earlier in his career he was a tenured professor of ethics and a prolific author and researcher. While others may claim to know best practices, Ed’s work with the ECOA and the Sentencing Commission actually helped establish those practices, as well as the standards by which they are measured. At NAVEX Global, Ed applies his more than 25 years of experience to help companies assess their ethics and compliance programs. He has also written many of the most admired codes of conduct for companies worldwide across nearly every industry.
Randy Stephens, J.D., CCEP, vice president of advisory services, is a lawyer and compliance specialist who has worked in roles with legal and compliance responsibility for over 30 years, including operations in Mexico, China and Canada. Randy has significant in-house experience leading compliance programs and working for some of the largest and most diverse public and private corporations in the United States, including Home Depot, Family Dollar and US Foods.