I recently read a very interesting article about the fast growing career of compliance officers. The field has recently seen the growth of 10 percent a year and universities are creating degree programs for the occupation. The growth is tied to the regulations that were implemented due to the 2008 financial crisis. An officer who can assess the conduct of a company has become a necessity.
The role of a compliance officer is to make sure that the company is aware of and operating within the bounds of current regulations. This individual can recognize breaches of regulations, resolve the offense and ensure that it won’t be repeated.
An ideal compliance officer has a background in law or accounting and must have the ability to form good relationships with coworkers.
Helane Morrison is a dynamic woman. I was impressed by her education and her extensive experience. Morrison earned a B.S. from Northwestern University for Journalism and a Doctorate of Law from the University of California at Berkely School of Law. I was impressed by her accomplishments, she clerked for Supreme Court Justice Harry A. Blackmun and U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Richard A. Posner. Morrison made partner at the law firm of Howard, Rice, Nemerovski, Canady, Falk and Rabikn in just five years. This was followed by an impressive career in the San Fransico office of the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Morrison ran the San Fransisco division of the SEC and held the titles of Regional Director and District Administrator. Morrison successfully enforced regulations. Under her leadership charges were brought and convictions received against Republic New York, Dean Witter, and California Micro Devices.
Since 2007 Helane has been employed as the Managing Director, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer at Hall Capital Partners LLC. Morrison is also a member of the company’s Executive Committee.
Morrison holds positions on the Board of the Regional Parks Foundation and the Hedge Fund Subcommittee of the American Bar Association. It is a job that requires a high level of business and legal knowledge. Morrison exemplifies these qualities and displays dedication, honor, and integrity in her professional life.