Welcome to the Great Women in Compliance Podcast, co-hosted by Lisa Fine and Mary Shirley. For some compliance professionals, sometimes the only constant is change.  Today, Lisa speaks with Barbara Petitti, Ethics & Compliance Officer, Policy Enforcement and Investigations at Alstom.  Barbara started in compliance through a role in Human Resources with a defense contractor and joined Alstom, a French transportation company, seven years ago.

When Barbara started at Alstom, they were in the midst of addressing serious corruption issues which included investigations with the World Bank, the U.S. Department of Justice and the UK Serious Fraud Office.  During this time  several executives were indicted by the DOJ and ultimately Alstom paid a $772m criminal penalty to the US Department of Justice.

That was the start of her story.  Since Barbara started at Alstom.  Her role evolved, and she addressed changes.  Here are a few:

  • Having seven bosses in six years;
  • Acting as North American Compliance Officer for three entities;
  • Traveling globally 30-40% of the time to lead global initiatives; and
  • Supporting Alstom when there were 100,000 employees as well as with 35,000 employees.

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