GEC Risk Advisory Team
Andrea Bonime-Blanc, JD/PhD
Governance, Risk & Ethics Strategist, Author, Speaker, Board Director
Dr. Andrea Bonime-Blanc is CEO and founder of GEC Risk Advisory, a global firm that provides strategic and tactical governance, risk, ethics, compliance, corporate responsibility, reputation and crisis advice to boards, executives, investors and advisors in the corporate, non-profit and governmental sectors. She is a leading global authority on reputation risk and cyber-risk governance and the author of The Reputation Risk Handbook (published in English, Chinese and Spanish) and the Conference Board Reports, Emerging Practices in Cyber-Risk Governance and A Strategic Cyber-Roadmap for the Board.
In March 2017, she was appointed Ethics Advisor to the Financial Oversight and Management Board for Puerto Rico (PROMESA), an oversight body created by the US Congress, with directors appointed by the U.S. President and the Governor of Puerto Rico in 2016 to oversee the financial restructuring of Puerto Rico. She is an Ethisphere “100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics” (2014 & 2015).
Prior to founding GEC Risk Advisory, Dr. Bonime-Blanc served for two decades as a global corporate executive, including as general counsel, chief risk, ethics, compliance, audit, InfoSec and corporate responsibility officer, at several international companies (Bertelsmann, PSEG, Verint) in energy, technology, media and professional services. She began her career as an international transactional attorney at Cleary Gottlieb, a leading global law firm.
She is Chair Emeritus of the Ethics & Compliance Initiative and serves on several boards and advisory boards including NYC-based, Epic Theatre Ensemble, Madrid-based Corporate Excellence – Centre for Reputation Leadership and IE Business School’s Research Centre on Governance, Sustainability & Reputation. She is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a Director Member of the National Association for Corporate Directors.
Dr. Bonime-Blanc is an Adjunct Professor at New York University, a visiting professor at IAE Business School (Argentina) and IE Business School (Spain) and a frequent global keynote speaker. She has been quoted in or writes for the Wall Street Journal, The Economist, the BBC, The New York Times, Foreign Affairs, El Pais, El Cronista, Expansion and Jornal do Commercio. She holds a joint JD/PhD from Columbia University, speaks Spanish fluently, is NYC based and was born and raised in Germany and Spain.
Jacqueline E. Brevard, JD/LLM
Senior Advisor, GEC Risk Advisory
Jacqueline E. Brevard is Senior Advisor at GEC Risk Advisory LLC, the global governance, risk, integrity, reputation and crisis advisory firm (www.GECRisk.com) serving executives, boards, investors and advisors in diverse sectors, growth stages and industries, primarily in the Americas, Europe and Africa. Client assignments range from strategic to tactical, including enterprise and specific risk assessments, crisis planning, integrity program development, codes of conduct, and customized education from the boardroom to the shop floor.
She is a Program Director for The Conference Board and a member of the Adjunct Faculty at New York University. She is an Ethisphere 2009 100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics.
Ms. Brevard, the former Vice President, Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer of Merck & Co., Inc., is the pioneer and visionary who developed and successfully implemented the first comprehensive Global Ethics and Compliance Program for a top-tier global pharmaceutical company, driving Merck & Co. to a leadership position in organizational ethics and compliance and setting the standard that others would follow years later. She has more than 20 years experience in the corporate ethics and compliance field, as Merck’s Ethics and Compliance Program and Ombudsman Program were consolidated under Ms. Brevard’s leadership, and she reported regularly to Merck’s Executive Committee and the Board. Ms. Brevard also has more than 15 years experience as an international transactional attorney having completed projects, during her tenure at Merck, in Latin America, Asia-Pacific, Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
She is Chair of the Board of the International Business Ethics Institute, a member of the Advisory Board of the Institute for Ethical Leadership at Rutgers University, and a member of the Advisory Board of the Healthcare Group Purchasing Industry Initiative (HGPII).
Ms. Brevard has also served on the Board of Directors of the Ethics and Compliance Initiative, and is Vice Chair Emeritus of the organization. She is a Founding Fellow of the Ethics Research Center’s Fellows Program, where she served as its Chair. Ms. Brevard is a published author and a frequent speaker at many distinguished conferences and universities, including ECI conferences, Compliance Week, Practicing Law Institute, the Pharmaceutical Regulatory and Compliance Congress, the Corporate Executive Board’s CELC, Institute for Ethical Leadership at Rutgers University, NYU, Georgetown University, Columbia University and St. Mary’s University.
Ms. Brevard received a J.D. from Rutgers University School of Law and an LLM in International Law from New York University School of Law.
S. Prakash Sethi
Senior Advisor, GEC Risk Advisory
S. Prakash Sethi, University Distinguished Professor of Management in the Zicklin School of Business, is a seasoned expert in the field of international business and is available to comment on:
- Dynamics of competition, industry structure, and corporate strategy
- Globalization, corporate strategy, and sustainable business practices
- Voluntary codes of conduct (creation, implementation, and monitoring)
- Corporate social responsibility and sustainability
Professor Sethi has conducted extensive field work on issues relating to corporate social responsibility, sustainable business practices, human rights, and business ethics as an integral part of corporate strategy and operating policies. Countries involved include, among others, Bangladesh, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Rumania, Russia, and South Africa.
He has authored, co-authored and edited 25 books and more than 130 articles in scholarly, professional, and practitioner journals. In addition, he has also written for and appeared in various national and international news media including: The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, CNN, NPR, BNN-Toronto, CBC (Canada)., among others.
He is the creator of CSR-S Monitor, which is a first of its kind index that analyzes corporate social responsibility-Sustainability Reports of large corporations from around the world. The Monitor provides objective comparative analysis of more than 500 corporate reports.
Dr. Sethi received his MBA and PhD, both from Columbia University.
Business & Human Rights Specialist
Alex Newton is a lawyer and specialist in business and human rights. She consults to corporations, governments and non-government organisations on a wide range of matters related to business and human rights, corporate responsibility, corruption and discrimination.
Before launching her management consulting business in January 2016, Ms Newton worked as an executive in Australia’s Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet for more than six years, advising on complex legal and public policy issues. Previously, she served in the United Nations Secretary General’s Strategic Planning Unit in New York and as a lawyer with the Australian Human Rights Commission. She started her career as a commercial lawyer, with King and Wood Mallesons in Sydney.
Ms Newton is an adjunct lecturer in business and human rights in the Australian National University’s postgraduate law program. She established the curriculum for the course in 2010 and continues to lecture in the intensive program. Ms Newton has also lectured in international human rights law at the University of Technology, Sydney.
Ms Newton has a Master of Laws from Columbia University, New York and Bachelors degrees in Arts and Laws from Sydney University. She has a working proficiency in Spanish.
Jessica M. Sanchez, P.C.
General Counsel to GEC Risk Advisory
JESSICA represents a wide variety of individuals and business enterprises throughout New York, Europe and Latin America. From entrepreneurs to family-owned businesses and international investors, Jessica guides her clients through their commercial legal matters with ease and confidence. As an entrepreneur herself, Jessica identifies with the concerns of any business owner who has to balance the company’s legal issues with its fiscal demands and applies a common sense approach to the practice of law.
Prior to opening the Law Office of Jessica M. Sanchez, P.C., Jessica practiced commercial law in New York City for over a decade. During that time she represented clients in complex commercial litigation involving, among other things, claims of RICO, trademark infringement, labor and employment law violations and breach of contract. She also advised businesses on a regular basis concerning matters involving corporate formation and governance, mergers and acquisitions, real estate law, securities and general contract law.
Because of Jessica’s experience and entrepreneurial spirit, the firm’s philosophy is to provide a client with quality, legal counsel without the exorbitant cost of a salaried in-house attorney or fees from an NYC-based commercial firm. By outsourcing one’s legal needs on an “as needed” basis, the Law Office of Jessica M. Jimenez, P.C. brings tremendous value to businesses not otherwise financially positioned to retain experienced counsel and not desirous of incurring sky high fees for quality legal representation.
Furthermore, Jessica’s international experience and multi-cultural background allow her to transcend boundaries while representing a diverse array of clients. Jessica has studied, lived or spent extensive time in Colombia, Italy and Spain. She is fluent in Spanish and proficient in Italian. By virtue of having grown up in New York and lived abroad, Jessica is proud that her ability to identify with or otherwise empathize with her clients separates her from many other legal professionals in the area.
Outside the practice of law, Jessica devotes her time to her three sons and the non-profit sector. She has served on the executive committee of the board of each the Westchester Hispanic Coalition and the Amber Charter School in East Harlem.
Advisory Council Members
The GEC Risk Advisory Council is made up of leaders and experts in their fields, including former CEOs of major publicly traded global companies, experts and luminaries in the field of social accountability, corporate responsibility, executive leadership, global talent management, and non-profits, academic leaders and writers of groundbreaking books and research in the fields of governance, risk and reputation management. They help guide and advise the firm on maintaining the highest quality and most up to date approach to governance, risk, ethics, compliance and corporate responsibility issues in the global marketplace today.
Hans W. Decker
Hans W. Decker is the retired Vice Chair (1991-1993) and President and CEO (1971-1990) of the Siemens Corporation USA, based in New York. Prior to that, he served at Siemens Corporation’s Central Finance Division, Munich (1970) and at the Legal Department (1958-1969).He is currently Adjunct Professor of International and Public Affairs in International Finance and Business at Columbia University, New York. Professor Decker’s teaching and research interests include sustainability and corporate responsibility, global corporate strategies, governance systems, business organizations, comparative political economy, Western Europe and the European Union. Professor Decker received his law degree from the University of Heidelberg (1953), passed the German Bar Exam (1957), and holds a Doctorate of Law (1958). He is a member of the Council of Accountability and President of the Heidelberg University Association.
He currently serves on the Board of Governors of the New School University (New York) and on the board of International House (New York) and the European Institute (Washington, D.C.). He is also a board member at the Education Development Center (Boston).
Simon M. Franco
Founder and CEO of Simon Franco Corporate Talent located in São Paulo, Brazil, and a veteran with over four decades experience in Strategic Human Resources Consulting.
He pioneered the introduction of executive search in his country and partnering with leading national and multi-national companies is responsible for many of the major placements at the C-Level. He has, together with a partner, recently developed Best in Class Executive Counseling for Performance program, a unique approach for C-Level application. This program is being rapidly recognized as a turning point in talent performance and leadership for better results.
Simon is the author of two books acclaimed by the local media on Career Development and Talent Performance and one of the co-authors of the 2-volume Brazilian Human Resources Manual.
Co-founder of HRCN, a network that brings together prominent international consultancies in the Americas, Simon was elected to the Global Chairmanship for two consecutive tenures 2004-2006 / 2006-2008.
Simon is the co-founder of two non-profit organizations: one working with children ages 9-14 in the Sao Paulo slums area and the other dedicated to the preparation of young apprentices for their first employment opportunities.
Kenneth N. Frankel
Kenneth N. Frankel has been president of the Canadian Council for the Americas since 2014 and was previously Chairman from 2007 to 2014. For his efforts on behalf of the CCA and for leadership in other hemispheric public policy initiatives, Mr. Frankel was awarded The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal by the Governor General of Canada in 2013. Mr. Frankel was the Legal Advisor to the Secretary General and the Director of the Department of Legal Services of the General Secretariat at the Organization of American States from 2008-2013. He advised the General Secretariat, OAS political bodies, and special missions including numerous electoral observation missions, the Electoral Verification Mission in Haiti that reversed the results of the 2010 presidential election, the Honduran Truth and Reconciliation Commission that investigated the 2009 coup, the Hemispheric Drug Study of 2013, and the ongoing Mission to Support the Colombian Peace Process. Mr. Frankel led the successful effort to adopt equal benefits for same sex couples and broaden parental leave benefits to include paternal and adoptive leave at the OAS.
He is a frequent columnist on hemispheric affairs for the Globe and Mail, Portafolio (Colombia) and other newspapers in the hemisphere. He has been an Adjunct Professor of Law at American University (Washington, D.C.) since 2012 and a Visiting Professor of Law at Ghent University (Belgium) since 2014. where he teaches an advanced course on international business negotiations. He was a Visiting Professor of Law at Western University (Canada) in 2015. Previously he was Chair of the Latin American Practice Group at Torys, General Counsel at Alcatel Canada, Chief International Counsel at Alcatel España, Chief Counsel at Alcatel Polska, Chief Counsel, Latin America (wireless) at Alcatel Germany, and Law Clerk to Federal District Court Judge Eugene P. Spellman in Miami during the “Miami Vice” era.
Mr. Frankel was a consultant to the World Bank on corporate and arbitration law reform in Bolivia and pro bono as the first program coordinator for the USAID/American Bar Association program on legal reform in Honduras and Guatemala. He was invited to participate in the Aspen Institute’s Justice and Society program in 2010. He was a research associate with Professor John Womack, Jr. (Harvard University) as a Reynolds Fellow in Mexico, and a political writer in Mexico and Central America as a Dartmouth College Public Affairs Fellow.
Mr. Frankel also serves as a Senior Advisor pro bono to firstbook.org.
Mary C. Gentile, PhD
Mary C. Gentile, PhD, is Director of Giving Voice to Values and Senior Research Scholar at Babson College; Senior Advisor, Aspen Institute Business & Society Program; and independent consultant. Previously Gentile was a faculty member and manager of case research at Harvard Business School.Giving Voice To Values is a business curriculum launched by Aspen Institute and Yale SOM, now based and supported at Babson College. GVV is a pioneering approach to values-driven leadership that has been featured in Financial Times, Harvard Business Review, Stanford Social Innovation Review, McKinsey Quarterly, BizEd, etc. and piloted in over 500 business schools and organizations globally. The book – Giving Voice To Values: How To Speak Your Mind When You Know What’s Right – is out from Yale University Press (www.MaryGentile.com).
While at Harvard Business School (1985-95), Gentile was one of the principal architects of the innovative educational program, Leadership, Ethics and Corporate Responsibility. Gentile co-authored Can Ethics Be Taught? Perspectives, Challenges, and Approaches at Harvard Business School (with Thomas R. Piper and Sharon Parks, Harvard Business School Press, 1993, translated into Japanese and Hungarian). Other publications include Differences That Work: Organizational Excellence through Diversity; Managing Diversity: Making Differences Work; Managerial Excellence Through Diversity: Text and Cases, as well as numerous articles, cases, and book reviews in publications such as Academy of Management Learning and Education, Harvard Business Review, Stanford Social Innovation Review, Risk Management, CFO, The Journal of Human Values, BizEd, Strategy+Business, etc. Gentile served as Content Expert for the award-winning interactive CD-ROM, Managing Across Differences (Harvard Business School Publishing 1996).
Gentile holds a bachelor’s degree from The College of William and Mary (Williamsburg, VA) and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the State University of New York at Buffalo.
Annette Heuser is executive director of the Prof. Otto Beisheim Stiftung in Munich, Germany, a foundation whose work supports children and young adults, as well as the aging population, in the areas of education, health, culture and sports. Formerly, she was executive director and founder of the Washington, DC office of the Bertelsmann Foundation, a private, non-partisan operational foundation that promotes and strengthens trans-Atlantic cooperation. She previously established the Bertelsmann Foundation’s Brussels office and served as its executive director from 2000 to 2006. From 1995 to 2000, she was director Europe/USA at the Bertelsmann Stiftung in Gütersloh, Germany. In this function, she managed European and trans-Atlantic projects, and developed European networking activities.
In the corporate sector, Ms. Heuser served as vice president of international relations at Bertelsmann AG (now Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA), Europe’s largest media company. She was editor of the Jahrbuch der Europäischen Integration, an annual publication that covers institutional and political developments in European integration.
Ms. Heuser studied political science, law and sociology at the University of Mainz in Germany. She has authored articles on trans-Atlantic relations and European affairs that have appeared in major US and European publications, and she has appeared on numerous television news programs. Ms. Heuser is a member of the Hague Institute for Global Justice Supervisory Board, the Atlantic Council Board of Directors and its Strategic Advisors Group. She is also a member of the European Council on Foreign Relations.
Stacey Millett, MBA serves as Executive Director for the North Carolina Center for Health and Wellness (NCCHW) anchored at UNC Asheville in the western mountain region of North Carolina. NCCHW serves as a catalyst for healthy living among North Carolinians of all ages with an emphasis on groups with health disparities.
Millett assumed the role in May 2015, after spending 28 years in Minnesota where most recently she was Senior Program Officer with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation. She
had responsibility for developing, managing and evaluating a portfolio of grants and projects to advance health equity in low-resource communities throughout the state. Millett represented the Foundation with national funder, statewide stakeholder and community development audiences.
Her prior professional roles in Minnesota include Director of Family Services for Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity and posts with the Northwest Area Foundation, Selby Area Community Development Corporation Grotto Foundation and Twin Cities Local Initiatives Support Corporation. By mayoral proclamation, Saint Paul celebrated “Stacey Millett Day” on June 17, 2004 for her contributions to comprehensive community development in that city.
Millett, a Native New Yorker, began her career as a journalist who produced news and documentaries for CBS and PBS affiliates in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. She was awarded a competitive Journalist in Residence fellowship at the University of Michigan.
She holds a master’s degree in marketing from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota, a master’s degree in television and radio from Syracuse University, and a bachelor’s degree in English from Wesleyan University.
Millett is an accomplished runner who has completed over 50 marathons. She also enjoys Yoga, travel and creative writing.
Kenneth A. Powell
Ken Powell is an Executive Coach with expertise in career and talent management consulting for executive and entrepreneurial leaders in business, government, academic, and not for profit sectors, including some of world’s largest organizations.Consulting Experience
His experience working with top management spans more than 30 years in business management, finance, marketing, and consulting and recognized leadership expertise in business, military, and the community. He has served Right Management for over 10 years with principal focus on C-level executives.
At McKinsey and in his private consulting practice, in addition to coaching scores of senior leaders, he has led engagements strategic planning, new product and business development, corporate finance, organizational development, management of information, supply chain, commercial real estate, and diversity, across a number of industries such as chemicals, business equipment, consumer marketing, financial services, airlines, entertainment, information technology, electronics, insurance, health care, retail, hospitality, and not for profit. Organizations served ranged from start-ups to Fortune 100 companies (e.g., American Express, Disney, General Mills, Shell Oil, Xerox) to not for profits (e.g., Save the Children, NAACP) to the military (Offices of the Secretary of Defense, Army Chief of Staff). Virtually all of his consulting experience has involved advising top executives and helping them address strategic and tactical business issues, as well as individual performance.
Business/Organizational Leadership Experience
Ken was a Vice President both at Chase Manhattan Bank, where he led strategic management of Chase banking assets and investments in Latin America, the Caribbean region, and Canada, and at Marine Midland Bank (now HSBC, Hong Kong Shanghai Bank), where he managed operating, finance, decision support and top management information systems development units.
Active in the community, Ken has served as President of both the Harvard Business School Association (HBS Alumni worldwide) and the HBS Club of New York, where he is a current board member and chairs the Nominating Committee. He is currently President of the Harvard Business School African-American Alumni Association and recent Vice President of the Board of Managers and Chair of the Nominating Committee of the Harvard Club of New York. He has served on the boards of the Inwood House (Vice President), Jobs for Youth (Chairman) and Safe Horizon, three leading New York City not for profit organizations. He is an Army Lieutenant Colonel (Ret.) and is named in Who’s Who among Black Americans
Education and Training
In addition to a Bachelor’s Degree in mathematics from Howard University, he holds an MBA with concentration in finance from Harvard University.
Jay Rosenzweig, the founding partner of Rosenzweig & Company, is an expert in designing, building and attracting world class team and boards for his clients. He consults to a wide range of public and private companies including large global corporations; emerging growth to mid-sized businesses; professional services firms; and private equity and venture capital firms. Prior to joining the search industry, Jay was in the field of law. Jay earned three degrees at McGill University: Philosophy (B.A.), Civil Law (B.C.L.), and Common Law (LL.B.). In addition, he completed Roger Fisher’s Negotiation Program at Harvard Law School. Jay is a Strategic Partner with Los Angeles based Hyperloop Transportation, the next quantum step in mobility: sustainable, safe and super-fast transportation for all humans and all parts of the world. Jay is on the Advisory Boards of New York based Turnstile Live, a single, unified technology platform for all live events; New York based Hooch, the first ever members-only cocktail app; Los Angeles based Rallysong, a place for artists and fans to rally for important causes; and Ignited Network, a start-up music accelerator based in Los Angeles. Jay is also a Limited Partner in Rothenberg Ventures, a leading Millennial venture firm based in San Francisco.
Jay is active in non-profit and community work. He is on the Board of Governors of Mount Sinai Hospital, where he is Co-Chair of the Breast Cancer Cabinet. He is on the Board of the Canadian Jewish Public Affairs Committee (CJPAC), where he Chairs the Fundraising Committee. He is on the Board of UJA Genesis Centre For Innovation, where he focuses on nurturing emerging initiatives, providing career mentorship, and supporting innovation.
Dennis R. Sheehan
Mr. Dennis R. Sheehan has held numerous CEO, CFO, board and senior advisor roles. He is senior advisor to 1.800 Flowers.com, was senior advisor to FT Ventures, a private equity firm, and CFO to Daylight Forensic & Advisory. Until January 2004, Dennis served as the President and CEO as well as a member of the Board of Directors of The BISYS Group, Inc.
Dennis also held other leadership positions at BISYS including Senior Vice President of Finance, Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, President and Chief Operating Officer since the time he joined them in 1995. While CEO at the BISYS Group, he also served on the Listed Company Advisory Committee to the New York Stock Exchange. Prior to working with BISYS Dennis was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Concord Holding Corporation. During that time, he played a major role in taking Concord public and arranging its sale to The BISYS Group.
He has also held several leadership positions with The Equitable Life Assurance Corporation including President and Chief Executive Officer with Equico Securities and as Chief Financial Officer for the Asset Management Group for PaineWebber. Previously Dennis has worked with SCM Corporation and KPMG Peat Marwick.
Dennis holds an MBA from New York University and a bachelor degree from Iona College.
From Andrea Bonime-Blanc, CEO, GEC Risk Advisory:
Jude was one of the most intelligent, warm, opinionated and multi-talented people I have ever met and a consummate executive practitioner in organizational leadership, strategy and talent management. She jumped at the chance to be part of GEC Risk’s Advisory Council when I launched the firm in early 2013. She provided invaluable advice and guidance to me before and after the launch. I will be forever indebted to her for her insights, graciousness, laughter and pure love of life. We lost Jude way too soon in May 2014 but, true to who she was, I will continue to celebrate her and benefit from her advice for a very long time to come. Thank you, Jude!
Jude has extensive experience with noteworthy start-ups and public companies in the high-tech and Internet consumer industries, led by visionary entrepreneurs. She has a passion for Human Resources and Global Talent Acquisition because she believes that running a strong business begins with hiring the right people. She has provided HR leadership and counsel to executives at companies such as IAC/InterActive Corp, Hyperion Solutions, Priceline, Oracle, Daylight Forensic & Advisory and Pitney Bowes.While at Hyperion Solutions, Jude led a staffing department that filled more than 800 positions per year in 22 countries and participated in a turnaround effort that led to an acquisition by Oracle Corporation for $3.3 billion. Prior to that, Jude held an executive human capital role at Silicon Valley-based Loudcloud—led by tech industry titans Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz, and was an early-stage employee at Priceline hired to lead in HR and recruiting, through an unprecedented initial public offering and subsequent growth.
Jude is cancer fighter and the author of “Breast Left Unsaid.” She writes ‘judesthinkin’, The Huffington Post and guest blogs on a wide range of topics. She is also a public speaker and advocate for breast cancer cures and survival.