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Andrea Bonime-Blanc, JD, PhD

Chief Executive Officer
GEC Risk Advisory LLC

Andrea Bonime-Blanc, JD, PhD

Dr. Bonime-Blanc is CEO and founder of GEC Risk Advisory LLC, a global governance, risk, ethics, compliance and corporate responsibility management consulting and board advisory firm ( Client assignments include strategic governance, risk and reputation management and restructuring, board, c-suite and cross-functional team workshops and education and more tactical program and program element advice. Dr. Bonime-Blanc is Program Director for Global Risk & Reputation Management for The Conference Board and a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Dr. Bonime-Blanc has two decades of executive leadership roles heading up governance, legal, ethics, compliance, risk, internal audit and corporate responsibility in 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 & Risk Management for Verint Systems Inc. (NASDAQ: VRNT), a “big data” technology company where she supervised five global functions: ethics & compliance, internal audit, information security, ERM and CSR. Earlier, Dr. Bonime-Blanc was general counsel and head of compliance, external relations, strategic communications and environment, health & safety for the global division of PSEG (NYSE:PEG), a leading U.S. energy and utility company. She started her career as an international project finance lawyer at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP. Dr. Bonime-Blanc is chairman of the board of directors of Epic Theatre Ensemble, a New York City based theatre group dedicated to public high school student and new play development, and audit chair of the board of directors of Counterpart International, an international non-profit working in over 60 countries focused on humanitarian, civil society, environmental and health improvements. She is chair emeritus of the Ethics & Compliance Officer Association (ECOA) and an individual director member of the National Association of Corporate Directors. In January 2014, Dr. Bonime-Blanc was named one of the Top 100 Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business. Dr. Bonime-Blanc is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of Ethical Corporation Magazine where she writes the monthly column, The GlobalEthicist ( 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, “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 (, on how authoritarian regimes can become democracies. She is an exhibited artist and photographer and lives with her family in New York City.

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