Friday, February 23, 2007

Marshaling Integrity - Christopher Vigale

These excerpts are taken from our interview of Christopher Vigale, who told us about being an outside compliance analyst.

Essentially, I help figure out how to relay particular supplies by looking at who the client is and assessing the risk involved (particularly the risks the client will face). I examine how other similar companies perhaps dealt with the same issues, and whether or not these issues pushed them towards compliance. Just basic client work.

…it was somewhat upsetting when I first started and had to do a synopsis of Sarbanes-Oxley. It is a huge piece of legislation, with no opposition, in response to massive scandal. And it’s not specific to the corporate world. Sarbanes-Oxley shouldn’t have come out because of Enron; I saw the changes instituted by Sarbanes-Oxley and wondered where was it all before? Everyone knew about those things [scandals], and finally something was done, but it was a little too little, too late. With more involvement and attention, it could’ve all been helped.

Christopher Vigale's interview is included in Working for Integrity: Finding the Perfect Job in the Rapidly Growing Compliance and Ethics Field.

(All interviewees spoke to us about their own personal experiences and opinions; interviewees were not acting as a spokesperson or otherwise representing their current or former employers.)