Dr. Andrea Bonime-Blanc is CEO and founder of GEC Risk Advisory LLC, a strategic governance, risk, ethics, compliance, and corporate responsibility management consulting and board advisory firm (www.GECRisk.com). GEC Risk's clients include a leading stock exchange, a global beauty brand, financial institutions, and university and non-profit organizations. Projects include governance, risk, and reputation management including global anti-corruption, supply chain risk management and restructuring, and board-level exercises and education. She is also program director for global risk and reputation management for The Conference Board and a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Bonime-Blanc has almost two decades of executive leadership roles heading up governance, legal, ethics, compliance, risk, internal audit, and corporate responsibility. She has worked with private, public, established, and start-up companies in technology, media, infrastructure, utility, defense, manufacturing, and professional services. She was founding chief ethics and compliance officer for Bertelsmann, where she established and launched the global ethics and compliance program for 100,000 employees in 600 businesses in 60 countries. She was SVP, global corporate responsibility and risk Management for Verint Systems Inc., a “big data” technology company where she supervised five global functions: ethics & compliance, internal audit, information security, enterprise risk management, and corporate social. Prior to that, Bonime-Blanc was general counsel and head of compliance; external relations; strategic communications; and environment, health, and safety for the global division of PSEG, a leading U.S. energy and utility company. She started her career as an international project finance lawyer at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP.
Bonime-Blanc is also chair emeritus of the Ethics & Compliance Officer Association (ECOA) and an individual director member of the National Association of Corporate Directors. She is a member of the editorial advisory board of Ethical Corporation Magazine, for which she writes the monthly column, The GlobalEthicist (http://bit.ly/YHoGL7). She was co-leader/author/editor of the 2008 ECOA Foundation book, The Ethics and Compliance Handbook: A Practical Guide from Leading Organizations, and has published extensively, including “The Fight Against Corruption Goes Global” for Foreign Affairs and “Business and the Way of Democracy” for the New York Times. She has served as adjunct faculty at NYU and as guest lecturer/speaker at many universities, organizations, and venues worldwide.
Over the years, Dr. Bonime-Blanc has leveraged her upbringing in Europe and fluency in Spanish to work throughout the Americas, Europe, and Asia. She holds a joint J.D. in law and PhD in political science from Columbia University where she wrote her doctoral thesis, "Spain’s Transition to Democracy: The Politics of Constitution-Making" (http://amzn.to/Z9bEXv), on how authoritarian regimes can become democracies. She is an exhibited artist and photographer and lives with her family in New York City.