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Richard J. Wolf

Richard J. Wolf

HSBC - North America
Senior Vice President, Chief Ethics Officer
New York, NY, USA


Rick is Senior Vice President, Chief Ethics Officer for HSBC North American Holdings, Inc.

Over the course of his career Rick has designed corporate ethics programs to meet baseline requirements under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines for Organizations, which regulators and prosecutors use to gauge organizational culture and the effectiveness of self-governance systems. Rick has also implemented and assessed ethics, compliance and enterprise risk management programs, including leading the implementation of customized, manager-led and web-based ethics training and the design of whistleblower reporting systems.

Rick was the founder and principal of Lexakos LLC - a legal business consulting practice specializing in governance, compliance and risk management for organizations across different industry verticals. Prior to that, he was Senior Vice President - Legal and Compliance for the Cendant Corporation - where as head of compliance he established the company’s first corporate compliance and ethics program, and records and information management program.  Rick practiced litigation before launching his corporate career.

Rick earned his law degree from Washington University in St. Louis, where he served as an editor of the law review. He is an elected member of the American Law Institute. He is former president of the Association of Corporate Counsel's Greater New York Chapter, and a current member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners and Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists.

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