The World’s Most Ethical Companies® Methodology Advisory Panel is comprised of leading attorneys and government officials, professors and organization leaders who care about ethical and honest business practices. The panel periodically reviews and refines the Ethics Quotient survey and World's Most Ethical Companies Methodology to ensure its relevancy. Advisory Panel members are not involved in the honoree selection process.

Esteemed members of the World’s Most Ethical Company Methodology Advisory Panel include:

Brian Moriarty - Director, Business Roundtable Institute for Corporate Ethics

C. Turney Stevens, Jr. - Dean Emeritus, College of Business at Lipscomb University and Director, Hilton and Sallie Dean Institute for Corporate Governance and Integrity

Charles Elson - Edgar S. Woolard, Jr. Chair in Corporate Governance, Professor of Finance, Director of the John L. Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance, University of Delaware

Dr. David G. Hawkes - Head of the Special Litigation Unit, World Bank Group, Integrity Vice Presidency

Dr. Leslie Gaines-Ross - Chief Reputation Strategist, Weber Shandwick

John D. Sullivan - Executive Director, Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE)

Lanny Breuer - Vice Chairman, Covington & Burling LLP

Michael Byrne - General Counsel and Senior Vice President of Thought Leadership, Ethisphere Institute

Michael Hershman - President and CEO, The Fairfax Group, LLC

Olajobi Makinwa - Head, Transparency & Anti-Corruption Initiatives, UN Global Compact

Pamela Passman - President and CEO, Center for Responsible Enterprise and Trade (CREATe)

Patrick Barwise - Emeritus Professor of Management and Marketing, London Business School

Robyn Bew - Director, Strategic Content Development, National Association of Corporate Directors

Ronnie Kann - Executive Vice President, Ethics & Compliance Initiative

Ryan McConnell - Partner, McConnell Sovany LLP

Sally Bernstein - Principal, Risk Consulting, PwC

Stefan Linssen - Publisher, Ethisphere Institute

Brian Moriarty - Director

Business Roundtable Institute for Corporate Ethics

Brian Moriarty

Brian Moriarty is Director of the Business Roundtable Institute for Corporate Ethics and Adjunct Lecturer at the University of Virginia's Darden Business School where he teaches in the full-time MBA program. Moriarty also serves as Director at Darden’s Institute for Business and Society. He is a faculty member for the Reputation Institute’s Advanced Reputation Management Training Program.

His new book, "Public Trust in Business" from Cambridge University Press, provides business leaders and scholars with insight into the creation and maintenance of public trust in companies and industry sectors. Professor Moriarty has authored articles on business leadership and ethics for a variety of media outlets such as The Washington Post and Forbes.

In 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014, Moriarty was selected as one of the "Top 100 Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business Behavior" by Trust Across America. He has presented on the topic of public trust and other business topics at forums such as the US Chamber of Commerce, the Society of Business Ethics, the Council of Better Business Bureaus and the Institute for Public Relations.

He serves on the board of directors for the Carson Raymond Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to giving every child the opportunity to experience the joy of youth sports.

C. Turney Stevens, Jr.

Dean Emeritus, College of Business at Lipscomb University

Director, Hilton and Sallie Dean Institute for Corporate Governance and Integrity

Turney Stevens

C. Turney Stevens, Jr., 63, is the Dean Emeritus of the Lipscomb University College of Business, Executive Director of the Hilton and Sallie Dean Institute for Corporate Governance and Integrity, and Professor of Management. Prior to retiring from his business career and returning to his alma mater to accept the role of Dean in 2008, he was an investment banker, CEO and entrepreneur for more than 35 years. He became the Dean Emeritus in 2014 after six years of service.

Professor Stevens graduated from Lipscomb University (then David Lipscomb College) in 1972 and from Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management (MBA 1981). In later years, he returned to Owen to complete postgraduate work in the areas of healthcare finance and entrepreneurship.

During his business career, he served as President and CEO of two investment banking firms, both specializing in raising equity and debt capital from institutional investors for mid-market, high growth companies. One of these firms, Rodgers Capital Corporation, was founded by the late Joe M. Rodgers, former United States Ambassador to France. The firm had offices in the United States and Europe. In 2001, he founded Harpeth Capital to raise capital principally for high growth companies in the healthcare industry, focusing on a market of transactions in the $10-25 million range.

Professor Stevens left investment banking from 1993 to 2000 to purchase and serve as CEO of a nearly bankrupt commercial printing company which he and his partners purchased, turned around and then built through 13 acquisitions to a nationwide company of more than $230 million in revenues.

Professor Stevens has served on a variety of for profit and not for profit boards throughout his career, including his current service, since 2008, on the public board of KCAP Financial Inc. (NASDAQ: KCAP) based in New York. He chairs the Nominating and Governance Committee and serves on the Compensation and Valuation Committees. He is a graduate of the UCLA Director’s College and is a Board Fellow by the National Association of Corporate Directors.

After his return to Lipscomb in 2008 and following the corporate scandals at Enron, Worldcom and HealthSouth, he founded the Hilton and Sallie Dean Institute for Corporate Governance and Integrity to serve as a forum for sharing and teaching best practices of corporate governance and discussing and debating issues related to creating cultures of high integrity in business.

Because of his founding of the Dean Institute, Professor Stevens was named by Ethisphere Magazine in December 2009 as one of the world’s 100 Most Influential Leaders in Business Ethics. In addition to his duties as dean, Professor Stevens serves as the Executive Director of the Dean Institute which is housed in the College of Business. He has spoken about ethics around the world and has taught business ethics both at the university and to corporate groups.

Since 2010, the Institute has annually sponsored its “Business with Purpose Awards,” recognizing both companies and executives which have exemplified high integrity and community service leadership. This program has grown steadily and today funds most activities of the Institute in addition to awarding an annual full scholarship to the University’s MBA program to a student who best exemplifies a commitment to lifetime leadership in the area of creating cultures of high integrity with his or her degree. Under Professor Stevens’ direction, the Dean Institute also sponsors the “Boardroom Briefing” Series and other outreach events.

Professor Stevens and the former Ann Beckman Parrish have been married for 32 years and have two sons, C.T., 30, an accountant, and Mark, 26, a civil engineer and recent MBA graduate. He and his wife are members of the Harpeth Hills Church in Brentwood, where he has served as committee chair, teacher, deacon and elder over the years.

He is a former chairman of the boards of AGAPE, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Inner City Ministry. He currently serves on the boards of the Nashville Entrepreneur Center and other charities in the Nashville area. He is an alumnus of Leadership Nashville and is a member of the Nashville Rotary Club as well as other clubs.

Charles Elson

Edgar S. Woolard, Jr. Chair in Corporate Governance, University of Delaware

Professor of Finance, University of Delaware

Director of the John L. Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance, University of Delaware

Charles Elson Charles M. Elson is the Edgar S. Woolard, Jr., Chair in Corporate Governance and the Director of the John L. Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance at the University of Delaware. He is also "Of Counsel" to the law firm of Holland & Knight.

He formerly served as a Professor of Law at Stetson University College of Law from 1990 until 2001. His fields of expertise include corporations, securities regulation and corporate governance. He is a graduate of Harvard College and the University of Virginia Law School, and has served as a law clerk to Judges J. Harvie Wilkinson III and Elbert P. Tuttle of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth and Eleventh Circuits.

Professor Elson served on the National Association of Corporate Directors' Commissions on Director Compensation, Director Professionalism, CEO Succession, Audit Committees, Strategic Planning, Director Evaluation, Risk Governance, Effective Lead Director and Board Diversity and was a member of its Best Practices Council on Coping With Fraud and Other Illegal Activity. He served as well on that organization’s Advisory Council. He is Vice Chairman of the ABA Business Law Section’s Committee on Corporate Governance and was a member of its Committee on Corporate Laws.

Additionally, Professor Elson served as an adviser and consultant to Towers Perrin and as a director of Circon Corporation, Sunbeam Corporation, Nuevo Energy Company, the Investor Responsibility Research Center, Alderwoods Group and AutoZone, Inc.

He is presently a member of the Board of Directors of HealthSouth Corporation. He has served as trustee of the Big Apple Circus, Talledega College, the Tampa Museum of Art, the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center and the Delaware Museum of Natural History. He is presently a trustee of the Hagley Museum and Library, the Delaware Art Museum and the Museum of American Finance.

Dr. David G. Hawkes - Head of the Special Litigation Unit

World Bank Group, Integrity Vice Presidency

David HawkeDr. David G. Hawkes is a German senior prosecutor (Oberstaatsanwalt) specialized in complex anti-corruption and white collar crime investigation and litigation. He presently heads the Special Litigation Unit in the World Bank Group’s Integrity Vice Presidency (INT) in Washington DC. The Special Litigation Unit with a dozen dedicated attorneys and paralegals from six continents represents INT’s findings from investigations across the globe in World Bank Group sanctions proceedings. It is the first specialized unit of this kind in an International Organization. Since its establishment in December 2007, the Special Litigation Unit, under Mr. Hawkes’ leadership, has brought more than 200 cases that have resulted in public sanctions against more than 250 companies and individuals from dozens of countries worldwide.

Previously, Mr. Hawkes was the head of INT’s Africa Regional Team where he managed the Bank Group’s fraud and corruption investigations in more than 45 countries in sub-Saharan Africa and led investigations into several large cross-regional cases. Before joining INT in 2005, Mr. Hawkes served as a prosecutor and later as a deputy head in the anti-corruption department of the Staatsanwaltschaft Berlin (Berlin Office of the Prosecutor) and as an official in the Federal Ministry of Justice. On behalf of the Berlin Office of the Prosecutor and then as a Senior Officer with the World Bank Group, Mr. Hawkes has managed multidisciplinary and multinational teams of prosecutors, attorneys, detectives, investigators, forensic accountants and other specialists in very large and in highly sensitive investigations and litigations on the ground in more than 25 countries and as a unit head in Headquarters. Mr. Hawkes has also contributed in a leading role to judiciary reform projects and trained judges, prosecutors, police detectives, tax investigators, and internal auditors from Europe, Asia, South America and Africa. He is a regular speaker at universities and anti-corruption events across the globe.

Mr. Hawkes graduated from the University of Heidelberg (Erste Juristische Staatsprüfung/First State Law Degree). He completed his Referendariat and the Second State Law Degree (Zweite Juristische Staatsprüfung) in Berlin and holds a doctorate (Dr.iur – magna cum laude) in Administrative Environmental Safety Law (Gene Technology Law) from Freiburg University (Germany). Before moving to the US, Mr. Hawkes served as an elected Deputy Federal Chair of the Deutsch-Indische Gesellschaft e.V. (Indo-German Society) in Stuttgart/Germany, one of the largest bi-national cultural societies in Germany.

Dr. Leslie Gaines-Ross - Chief Reputation Strategist

Weber Shandwick

Leslie Gaines Ross

Dr. Leslie Gaines-Ross is Weber Shandwick’s Chief Reputation Strategist. She leads Weber Shandwick’s global reputation consulting services and thought leadership development. She is the architect of groundbreaking, award-winning research into CEO and corporate reputation, CEO transitions, corporate rankings, online reputation, social CEOs and reputation recovery.

Dr. Gaines-Ross is one of the world’s most widely recognized experts on reputation--how reputations are built, enhanced and protected. She spearheaded the first comprehensive research on CEO reputation and its impact on company reputation and business performance. She developed Weber Shandwick’s global corporate reputation studies--Safeguarding Reputation, Risky Business: Reputations Online, The Company behind the Brand and Socializing Your CEO. Her article, Reputation Warfare, was published in Harvard Business Review. It describes how companies are increasingly finding themselves under attack from online detractors and what they can do to defend their good names from online assault. She also recently wrote Get Social: A Mandate for New CEOs in MIT Sloan Management Review.

Dr. Gaines-Ross is the author of two books, CEO Capital: A Guide to Building CEO Reputation and Company Success and Corporate Reputation: 12 Steps to Safeguarding and Recovering Reputation.
Before joining Weber Shandwick, she was Chief Knowledge & Research Officer Worldwide at Burson-Marsteller and Marketing & Communications Director at Fortune.

Dr. Gaines-Ross' work has been widely covered online and in many top-tier global publications. She is a frequent public speaker on CEO and corporate reputation management. She is a member of Ethical Corporation's Advisory Board, serves on the Executive Advisory Panel of Corporate Reputation Review and was named one of the “100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics” by the Ethisphere Institute as well as one of the Top 100 Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business Behavior by Trust Across America.

Her blog can be found at and you can follow her at @ReputationRx.

John D. Sullivan - Executive Director

Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE)

John D SullivanJohn D. Sullivan is the Executive Director of the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE), an affiliate of the US Chamber of Commerce and a core institute of the National Endowment for Democracy. As Associate Director of the Democracy Program, Mr. Sullivan helped to establish both CIPE and the National Endowment for Democracy in 1983. After serving as CIPE Program Director, he became Executive Director in 1991. Under his leadership CIPE developed a number of innovative approaches that link democratic development to market reforms: combating corruption, promoting corporate governance, building business associations, supporting the informal sector, and programs to assist women and youth entrepreneurs. Today, CIPE has more than 95 full-time staff with offices in Afghanistan, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Nigeria, Pakistan, Russia, and Ukraine. CIPE’s current project portfolio includes over 90 projects in more than 50 countries.

Mr. Sullivan began his career in Los Angeles’ inner city neighborhoods, helping to develop minority business programs with the Institute for Economic Research and the Office of Minority Business Enterprise. In 1976 he joined the President Ford Election Committee in the research department on campaign strategy, polling, and market research. Mr. Sullivan joined the public affairs department of the US Chamber of Commerce in 1977 as a specialist in business and economic education.

Mr. Sullivan is a member of the Advisory Board of the Ira M. Millstein Center for Global Markets and Corporate Ownership at the Colombia University Law School, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Russian Institute of Directors' Advisory Board, the Bretton Woods Association, the Caux Roundtable, and the American Political Science Association. He is also a member of the Development Task Force and the Corporate Governance Task Force for the Business Industry Advisory Committee of the OECD.

Born in Bisbee, Arizona in 1948, Mr. Sullivan was raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He now resides in Alexandria, Virginia with his wife Patricia. He received a Doctorate in Political Science from the University of Pittsburgh and is the author of numerous publications on the transition to democracy, corporate governance, and market-oriented democratic development. Mr. Sullivan is an adjunct faculty member at George Mason University Graduate School of Public Affairs. More information on CIPE is available at For a reflection on CIPE’s 25 plus years of strengthening democracy through market oriented reform and private enterprise development see the recent article by John Sullivan at

Lanny Breuer - Vice Chairman

Covington & Burling LLP

Lanny BreuerLanny Breuer is one of the leading trial and white collar defense attorneys in the United States. He specializes in helping clients navigate corporate crises, anti-corruption matters, money laundering investigations, cybercrime incidents, Congressional investigations, securities enforcement actions, and other criminal and civil matters presenting complex regulatory, political, and public relations risks. From 2009-2013, Mr. Breuer served as Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division at the US Department of Justice. Here he oversaw nearly 600 lawyers at the center of federal criminal prosecution, policy, and legislation in the United States and was widely recognized as a national leader on a range of federal law enforcement priorities, including the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. For his work in this role, Mr. Breuer received the Edmund J. Randolph Award for outstanding service, the highest award the Attorney General can bestow on a Department employee. He also ranked sixth on Ethisphere’s list of the 100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics internationally.

Michael Byrne - General Counsel and Senior Vice President of Thought Leadership

Ethisphere Institute

Michael ByrneMichael 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.

Michael Hershman - President and CEO

The Fairfax Group, LLC

Michael HershmanMichael Hershman is an internationally recognized expert on matters relating to transparency, accountability and governance.  The Fairfax Group, which he founded in 1983, has been retained by governments, corporations, law firms, and international financial institutions to assist on matters related to the conduct of senior-level officials and/or the entities with which they do business.  He is particularly well known for providing advice to corporate boards, executives and governments who find themselves in the midst of ethical dilemmas.

Mr. Hershman began his career in intelligence and investigations in Europe during the late 1960s as a special agent with United States Military Intelligence, specializing in counter-terrorism.  After leaving the military, he moved to investigations of government misconduct and financial fraud for the New York State Attorney General's Office and the Office of the Mayor of New York City.  Later, Mr. Hershman served as a senior staff investigator for the Senate Watergate Committee, and as chief investigator for a joint Presidential and Congressional commission, reviewing state and federal laws on wiretapping and electronic surveillance.

Immediately prior to founding the Fairfax Group, Mr. Hershman served as Deputy Auditor General for the Foreign Assistance Program of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), where he led investigations and audits of major United States funded projects overseas, and was responsible for worldwide security at all foreign AID missions.  Mr. Hershman was awarded the Superior Honor Medal for his service at USAID.

In December 2006, Mr. Hershman was appointed as the independent compliance advisor to the board of directors of Siemens AG, a company with more than 400,000 employees.  Currently he serves in the same capacity for SNC Lavalin, the largest Canadian construction and engineering firm.

Mr. Hershman has devoted much of his professional career to nonprofit activities.  In 1993, Mr. Hershman co-founded Transparency International, the largest independent, not-for-profit coalition promoting transparency and accountability in business and in government.  For the past 14 years, he has been a member of the Board of the International Anti-Corruption Conference Committee.  In 2012, following a number of high profile scandals, Michael Hershman was appointed to the Independent Governance Committee for the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA).  Mr. Hershman is a member of the Board of Directors of the United States Chamber of Commerce Foundation, and advises the Chamber on corporate compliance issues. Since 2007, Mr. Hershman has also been a member of the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of the Center for International Private Enterprise.

Each year from 2008 to 2012 he has been named to the Ethisphere Institute’s list of the top 100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics worldwide.  In 2013, Mr. Hershman was awarded by the Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Center for Leadership and Ethics at Columbia Business School the Botwinick Prize in Business Ethics.  This prize is in recognition of his “demonstrated leadership in ethical conduct and his devotion to fighting corruption in government, business, and society through the nonprofit, Transparency International, and his leadership of the Fairfax Group”.

Michael Hershman has given hundreds of speeches throughout the world on issues related to transparency and accountability and has provided commentary on ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS, CNN, CNBC, MSNBC and the Fox News Channel as well as countless national radio shows. For five years he was the co-host of the Public Radio Law Show.  He has been quoted and published in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The New York Post, The Washington Post, USA Today, the Financial Times, the National Law Journal and other print media.

Olajobi Makinwa - Head, Transparency & Anti-Corruption Initiatives

UN Global Compact

Olajobi MakinwaOlajobi Makinwa is the UN Global Compact Head of Transparency and Anti-Corruption Initiatives responsible for the UN Global Compact’s 10th principle on Transparency and Anti-Corruption. As part of her assignment, she assists UN Global Compact participants in the implementation of their commitment to the 10th principle. She also heads the 10th Principle Working Group that provides strategic direction to the work of the UN Global Compact on transparency and conducting business with ethics and integrity.

Ms. Makinwa is also responsible for coordinating the participation of civil society in the UN Global Compact by engaging with civil society organizations with a view to deepen current relations and to widen the engagement of civil society organizations in the work of the UN Global Compact.

Prior to joining the UN Global Compact, Ms. Makinwa was the Executive Director of Amnesty International South Africa.

Previously, Ms. Makinwa worked with a number of UN agencies and programs in different capacities. She was a Legal Officer with the United Nations Environment Programme in Nairobi, Kenya and Geneva, Switzerland where she worked with others to develop framework and sectoral environmental laws for a number of African countries under the Joint UNEP/UNDP project on Environmental Law and Institutions in Africa.

Ms. Makinwa has served as a consultant to UNDP, ILO, UNHCHR, WHO and the Human Sciences Research Council, South Africa. She was also a law lecturer in Nigeria.

Ms. Makinwa holds a degree in Law [LL.B] and a graduate degree – Master of International Law & Diplomacy [MILD] from the University of Lagos, Nigeria. She was called to the Nigerian Bar as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria.

Ms. Makinwa holds a Programme in Business Leadership [PBL] degree from the School of Business Leadership, University of South Africa. She is a graduate of the School of Legal Practice (now School of Legal Practice and Development), Pretoria, South Africa.

Pamela Passman - President and CEO

Center for Responsible Enterprise and Trade (CREATe)

Pamela PassmanPamela Passman is President and CEO of the Center for Responsible Enterprise and Trade (, a non-profit providing online assessments, resources and training to help companies and supply chain members employ best practices for protecting intellectual property and preventing corruption.

Prior to founding CREATe in 2011, Ms. Passman was the Corporate Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, Global Corporate and Regulatory Affairs, Microsoft Corporation. Since 2002, Ms. Passman led Microsoft’s regulatory compliance work across a number of areas critical to the deployment of software and services in more than 100 countries, addressing a range of privacy, security, law enforcement, national security, telecommunications and other issues related to cloud computing. She worked closely with business leaders and research and development teams to advance Microsoft’s businesses in China and other emerging markets.

To ensure strong regulatory compliance and effective engagement with regulators and policy-makers around the world, Ms. Passman led the development of programs and processes to reach Microsoft employees and operations in over 100 countries. Ms. Passman also led Microsoft’s public policy and philanthropic work and had leadership responsibilities for Microsoft’s cross-company global corporate citizenship efforts.

She first joined Microsoft in 1996 and until 2002, led the Legal and Corporate Affairs organization in the Far East, based in Tokyo, with a focus on Japan, Korea and the People’s Republic of China. Prior to joining Microsoft, Ms. Passman practiced law with Covington & Burling in Washington DC and Nagashima & Ohno in Tokyo, Japan.

Ms. Passman served on the Executive Committee of the Board of the Information Technology Industry Council (ITI) and as its Chair during 2010 -2011, and serves on the Boards of Business for Social Responsibility (BSR), the National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR) and Kids in Need of Defense (KIND). Ms. Passman is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and served on its Independent Task Force on US Trade and Investment Policy (2010-2011).

Patrick Barwise - Emeritus Professor of Management and Marketing

London Business School

Patrick Barwise Patrick Barwise is Emeritus Professor of Management and Marketing at London Business School, chairman of Which?, the UK’s leading consumer organization, and a visiting fellow at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, Oxford University. He joined LBS in 1976 after an early career at IBM and has published widely on management, marketing and media. His book, Simply Better: Winning and Keeping Customers by Delivering What Matters Most, co-authored with Seán Meehan (IMD, Lausanne), won the American Marketing Association’s 2005 Berry-AMA Book Prize. Their second book, Beyond the Familiar: Long-Term Growth through Customer Focus and Innovation, was published in 2011. He is also a consultant and an experienced expert witness in international commercial, tax and competition cases and has been involved in two successful business start-ups: the online market research company Research Now (sold to e-Rewards in 2009) and the online brand community specialist Verve.

Robyn Bew - Director, Strategic Content Development

National Association of Corporate Directors

Robyn BewRobyn Bew is Director of Research for the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD). She leads NACD's Advisory Councils, which bring together committee chairs from the largest public US corporations with regulators, investors and other stakeholders to initiate corporate-led solutions to governance challenges.

Before joining NACD, Ms. Bew was a principal at Tapestry Networks, where she ran several networks serving audit and compensation committee chairs of F500 companies and was a leader of the firm's work on bank governance, risk management and board-shareholder engagement issues.

She has been a featured presenter on governance topics at conferences including the International Financial Risk Institute and the American Chamber of Commerce in Beijing.

Earlier in her career, Ms. Bew was a senior director at the Corporate Executive Board and a management consultant at Monitor Group. She holds an MS from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and a BA from the University of Pennsylvania.

Ronnie Kann - Executive Vice President, Research and Program Development

Ethics & Compliance Initiative

Ronnie Kann

Ronnie Kann is the Executive Vice President, Research and Program Development.

Prior to ECI, Mr. Kann worked for CEB (formerly The Corporate Executive Board), a best practice insight and technology company. He held a variety of senior management roles across CEB’s businesses, serving chief compliance and ethics officers, general counsel, chief human resource officers, chief audit executives and chief risk officers, bringing a cross-functional approach to research.

Mr. Kann was also a Trial Attorney in the US Department of Justice and a lecturer at Catholic University, Columbus School of Law. He also clerked for a federal judge and practiced law at leading firms in New York and Boston.

Mr. Kann received his A.B. degree in Politics from Princeton University and his law degree from Duke University School of Law.

CEB is the leading member-based advisory company. By combining the best practices of thousands of member companies with our advanced research methodologies and human capital analytics, we equip senior leaders and their teams with insight and actionable solutions to transform operations. This distinctive approach, pioneered by CEB, enables executives to harness peer perspectives and tap into breakthrough innovation without costly consulting or reinvention. The CEB member network includes more than 16,000 executives and the majority of top companies globally.

Ryan McConnell - Partner

McConnell Sovany LLP

Ryan McConnellRyan McConnell is a former federal prosecutor who focuses his practice on corporate compliance issues, internal investigations, and white collar criminal defense. He has represented clients in lengthy regulatory investigations and has assisted companies around the world with compliance matters, including program design, tracking, assessment, and due diligence. Mr. McConnell advises clients on how to use empirical data to leverage internal resources and create risk-based compliance programs.

Before entering private practice, Mr. McConnell served as an Assistant US Attorney in Louisiana and Houston. As part of the US Attorney’s office Organized Crime Strike Force in Houston, Mr. McConnell tried numerous criminal cases and conducted significant grand jury investigations of international scope on matters ranging from violations of the US trade laws to complex fraud. He also regularly briefed and argued criminal appeals before the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. In addition to his trial work, Mr. McConnell participated in the planning and execution of undercover operations to enforce US trade controls and was involved in some of the most significant worksite enforcement investigations in the United States. Mr. McConnell was also involved in training Department of Justice (DOJ) federal prosecutors, including preparing DOJ training materials on criminal procedure, corporate compliance, and charging. He taught a number of classes, including trial advocacy, to federal prosecutors and investigators at the DOJ National Advocacy Center in Columbia, South Carolina.

Outside of his practice, Mr. McConnell teaches international corporate compliance and criminal procedure at the University of Houston Law Center. In 2011, he was named faculty member of the year by the UH Advocates, and his corporate compliance course was recently featured on The Wall Street Journal’s Law Blog. Mr. McConnell is also a columnist for Corporate Counsel magazine, writing the Risky Business column which focuses on compliance and risk issues. ​Mr. McConnell is a frequent speaker on criminal charging and compliance developments. He is also listed in the Who’s Who list of Business Crime Defense lawyers and has been named to Ethisphere’s list of Attorneys Who Matter for the past three years.

Sally Bernstein - Principal, Risk Consulting


Sally Bernstein

Sally Bernstein is a Principal in PwC's Risk Consulting practice in Boston. She brings over 20 years of diverse experience providing management consulting services to clients. She has a unique blend of project management, process improvement and technology knowledge and experience that allows her to help her clients enhance and improve the processes around risk management in support of achieving their strategic objectives.

Ms. Bernstein approaches risk from a program management and a strategic risk perspective. She is strong in all three dimensions of GRC, and leverages her ability to design and enhance the structure, processes and governance needed to build and embed effective risk management programs within organizations. Ms. Bernstein works with companies to improve their Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) programs, with a particular focus on helping clients move from generating risk assessments to delivering action oriented information to support improved decision making. She helps clients embed better risk management processes around strategic, operational and compliance risk.

Ms. Bernstein leads and is a primary contributor to the annual "PwC State of Compliance" survey. She is quoted and has written on building risk and compliance programs in numerous media, including The Wall Street Journal, CFO Journal,, Investors Business Daily, Thomson Reuters Compliance Complete and among others.

Ms. Bernstein's risk focus is driven more towards holistic and value added approaches that support achievement of overall organizational strategy. She has spent a number of years helping clients manage risks from various angles. For example she has supported large government programs, large systems transformations, large business transformations and large scale multinational compliance responses. The consistent theme is her ability to quickly understand the goals, objectives and challenges and then structure an approach that drives towards a desired outcome. She has experience across a range of industries and sizes having worked with both global multi-nationals and local non-public companies with a particular focus on retail and consumer companies. She is a certified Project Management Professional and has managed many large scale global initiatives.

Ms. Bernstein has a Bachelors of Science in Industrial Engineering and a Masters of Business Administration in International Business.

Stefan Linssen - Publisher

Ethisphere Institute

Stefan LinssenStefan Linssen is Publisher at the Ethisphere Institute and is responsible for setting the direction of Ethisphere's global media platforms. Over the past seven years with Ethisphere, he has been responsible for overseeing Ethisphere’s media, which includes Ethisphere Magazine, World’s Most Ethical Companies Executive Briefing, Ethics Summits and other global platforms. Prior to working at Ethisphere, Mr. Linssen worked for CNN following breaking news all across the globe. Mr. Linssen graduated from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.