April 28, 2016 – Executive search firm Chartwell Partners has been retained by Amedisys to lead its search for a senior vice president and chief compliance officer.
Amedisys is a leading healthcare company focused on bringing home the continuum of care. Its delivers personalized healthcare services to patients and their families, in the comfort of patients’ homes, with approximately 10 million patient care and education encounters per year.
Founded in 2005, Chartwell Partners is a senior management and board of directors executive search firm serving clients in select industries across the U.S. with offices in Austin, Dallas, Chicago, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. Its wide array of clients include General Motors Company; U.S. Renal Care; Pioneer Bank; EyeCare Services Partners; Envision Healthcare; EmCare; First National Bank of America; Texas Capital Bancshares; Sheridan Healthcare; New Root, Inc.; Munich Health North America; Moen; and Trinidad Benhman Corporation, among others.
Finding senior leadership within the compliance function is exceedingly complex today, as companies today face intense pressure under the current regulatory environment. It therefore requires leadership who can foster close collaboration between compliance and other corporate functions as well as communicate to a more complex and sophisticated set of stakeholders, internally and externally.
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According to a recent Heidrick & Struggles report, sharply rising demand for compliance talent, the absence of a clear career path in the discipline, and greater need for compliance executives with leadership and influencing skills are creating difficult challenges for organizations seeking to identify and retain talent in a world of increasing regulation.
“The demand is so great for internal auditor and compliance executives that recruiters are looking outside the financial services industry for candidates,” said Michael P. Kelly, president of New York-based Michael Kelly & Associates, which specializes in financial services. “The skills sets are transferrable but there is a learning curve to understand the sector they are auditing.”
Maurice Gilbert, managing partner of Dallas-based Conselium, a boutique search firm that specializes in recruiting compliance professionals, has also seen a major uptick in activity, particularly for chief compliance officers.
“About nine years ago companies that were in highly regulated industries like financial services, medical devices and pharmaceuticals saw a critical need to bulk up in the compliance area,” said Mr. Gilbert.
The result: Mr. Gilbert has seen a 20 percent, year-over-year growth rate for compliance professionals as a direct result of ongoing or potential measures being taken by the U.S. government to investigate companies they potentially deem as having behaved improperly or who have not been compliant with new regulatory measures.
Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media