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Laura K. Kennedy

Laura K. Kennedy

Senior Vice President and Chief Ethics Officer
Mc Lean, VA, USA

Ms. Kennedy is the Senior Vice President for Ethics and Compliance at SAIC, and reports to the CEO and the Board of Directors.  She has 33 years of experience in the compliance field, 21 of which have been in private practice in large national law firms and 12 of which have been in multinational Fortune 500 companies.  She has extensive experience designing and implementing compliance programs in highly regulated industries in accordance with the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), UK Bribery Act and a range of other laws and regulations.  She also has experience managing Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) programs.

Prior to joining SAIC in 2005, she was the Vice President for Global Compliance at Honeywell International Inc., where she reported to the General Counsel and was responsible for implementing compliance programs in international trade, government contracts and a number of other regulated areas. She uses technology to automate controls and institutionalize procedures to ensure consistent, effective and efficient operations throughout the enterprise. She has specific experience in the following:

  • Identify key risk areas to define essential elements of compliance program.
  • For each risk area, implement preventive actions, including policies, procedures, training and monitoring programs to achieve consistent “adequate” practices across the enterprise.
  • Develop web-based and in-person training and communications programs and deliver worldwide, tailored to specialized groups in Europe and the Far East.
  • Build consolidated enterprise-wide databases to identify trends, conduct risk assessments and develop process improvements to continually strengthen internal controls.
  • Develop metrics in dashboards to analyze, improve and control compliance processes.
  • Present metrics to the Board of Directors and Executive Leadership Team on a quarterly basis.
  • Coordinate closely with regulators at government agencies to validate compliance programs.
  • Benchmark compliance programs with peers to implement continuous process improvements.
  • Develop ethics programs from inception and implement throughout enterprise.
  • Negotiate with Departments of Justice and State to resolve allegations of noncompliance and manage Deferred Prosecution Agreements (DPAs) with outside independent monitors.

Ms. Kennedy has lectured extensively on best practices in compliance programs in regulated industries.    She is a two-time Chair of the Working Group of the Defense Industry Initiative on Business Ethics and Conduct (DII), serving 2014-2016 and 2008-2010.  She is also an active member of the International Forum on Business Ethical Conduct (IFBEC).  She attended Cornell Law School (J.D., 1979) and Oberlin College (B.A., 1976, Phi Beta Kappa), and is a member of the Bars of the District of Columbia, Virginia and Massachusetts.


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