Maryann Clifford is a respected lawyer and business leader with senior executive experience working for three multi-national Fortune 500 companies. Currently Maryann works as an ethics and compliance consultant with Integrity Insight International serving on projects for multinational companies. Until 2016 Maryann held the responsibilities of the new Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer at BP in the aftermath of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Her experience as member of senior leadership teams gives her a deep perspective on operating in complex regulatory environments in a global business role.
At BP, Maryann drove key changes to the Ethics and Compliance program and managed a team of over 125 professionals located in major business hubs around the world. While in this role, she introduced a principles-based Code of Conduct and a highly regarded business driven ethics program. She managed the Company’s relationship with the Ethics and Compliance monitor appointed pursuant to settlement agreements with the US government after the oil spill.
Prior to joining BP, Maryann was the Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer at Motorola Inc. headquartered outside Chicago, Illinois. Maryann personally trained hundreds of senior leaders in China, Dubai, India, Singapore, US, UK, Germany, Russia and Mexico on balancing business strategies with ethical leadership. She also presented regularly to the Motorola Board on key ethics and compliance matters. Prior to accepting the compliance role, Maryann served for ten years as the Chief Legal Officer and member of the leadership team for the mobile phone segment when Motorola was the world leader in cell phone technology.
In 2016 Maryann was appointed to the Board of the CEELI Institute, a not-for profit international organization that promotes the rule of law to protect and preserve human rights and individual liberty. She also serves on the Executive Committee of the CEELI Board. She is a frequent speaker at conferences on the topics of ethics and compliance, anti-bribery and corruption, and trade regulation. In addition to PLI programs, examples include an OECD Conference in Paris on building a strong anti-bribery program, The Economist forum in NYC on engaging with Boards of Directors, numerous conferences sponsored by the American Conference Institute (ACI) on bribery, corruption, and corporate compliance, the Ethics & Compliance Initiative on working with a monitor, and the International Business Ethics group on establishing appropriate ethics based compensation systems. Maryann also served as a member of a Blue Ribbon panel of ethics and compliance professionals led by the Ethics & Compliance Initiative (ECI) to formulate a paper on best practices in the field of ethics and compliance.
Maryann began her career in Washington, DC as a trial lawyer in the Civil Division of the US Department of Justice.