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Geert Vermeulen

Languages: English, Dutch

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How to set up an ethics & compliance program? Finance beginner

My goal is to help organizations conduct business in an ethical and compliant way. I am an experienced compliance professional, with more than 18 years of compliance experience in various industries. I am experienced in establishing and improving ethics and compliance programs in general and anti-corruption programs in specific. Other specialties include corporate governance, compliance risk assessments, whistleblowing or speak-up procedures, trade sanctions, (third party) due diligence, modern slavery and US legislation and prosecution practices. I have provided training in some 30 countries on virtually all continents. 

I obtained most of my experience in-house. As Global Head of Compliance for Damco, the freight forwarder of the AP Möller-Maersk Group, I was responsible for the compliance activities in 90 countries, focusing mainly on anti-bribery & corruption and trade restrictions. As Chief Compliance Officer Aon EMEA (Europe, Middle East, and Africa) I coordinated compliance efforts in some 60 countries, all business units.

Following inquiries from regulators, Aon started its anti-corruption program in 2007. I coordinated this program in the EMEA region from the start. According to the US and UK authorities, Aon developed a best practice model other firms may wish to adopt.

I am the former president of the Netherlands Compliance Officers Associaton (VCO) and founded and still chair the expert group on Financial Economic Crime (FEC). I am also a member of the expert group on culture & behavior of the association, a member of the professional advisory committee of the Compliance Minor at The Hague University and the Institute for Financial Crime (IFFC). Earlier this year I was granted the National Compliance Award. Awesome!