Masters of Disaster

Stories of Risk, Ethics & Compliance. Host Leona Lewis interviews people about leadership, managing risk, ethics and compliance strategies for businesses, government, academia or society.
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Feb 29, 2016

When hoverboards catching on fire becomes the joke of a Saturday Night Live sketch, you know a safety issue has hit a nerve in popular culture. 

This week Tim Cassidy, a lithium battery expert in consumer electronics, is featured on Masters of Disaster to give listeners more context about the complexity and history of managing safety risks with Lithium Ion Batteries.  This interview was conducted before the February 18 CPSC announcement that declares all hoverboards pose an unreasonable safety risk to consumers unless they meet specific Underwriters Laboratory (UL) requirements.

Tim Cassidy is Director of Product Safety and Compliance at Best Buy. A former colleague of mine at Best Buy, Tim is a leader with over 20 years of proven business process development skills, technology experience, market and new product development expertise. He bridges the gap between market and technical perspectives in new product development.


Tim Cassidy

SNL sketch

CPSC February 18 Letter

Feb 22, 2016

On Masters of Disaster this week, Tom Fox goes into more detail about his desire to be a compliance evangelist and why we may need more compliance evangelists now.

Thomas Fox assists companies with anti-corruption and anti-bribery compliance and international transaction issues. He was most recently the General Counsel at Drilling Controls, Inc., a worldwide oilfield manufacturing, and service company. He was previously division counsel with Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. where he supported Halliburton’s software division and its downhole division.

Tom is the author of the award-winning FCPA Compliance and Ethics Blog and the international best-selling book “Lessons Learned on Compliance and Ethics”. He is the author of the seminal text on the ‘Nuts and Bolts’ of anti-corruption compliance, Doing Compliance, published in October 2015 by Compliance Week.

In addition to his daily blog and bi-weekly podcast, he is a monthly columnist and blogger for Compliance Week; a bi-monthly columnist and frequent contributor to the SCCE Magazine and a Contributing Editor to the FCPA Blog. He is a well-known and frequent speaker on compliance and ethics, the use of social media in compliance and corporate leadership.



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Compliance Evangelist: A New Chapter for FCPA Compliance and Ethics

Feb 15, 2016

Ellen Pekilis is a Canadian Attorney with interesting experience setting up employee hotline programs internationally. Her story working through barriers to getting her company’s employee hotline established in the EU is a great illustration of the legal and cultural differences that must be accommodated in international compliance. Basic assumptions that we in North America take for granted, such as the fairness of promoting an anonymous hotline for employees and the ability of employers to investigate employees for wrongdoing, do not necessarily hold true in other countries.  These cultural differences impact the way that compliance programs that are required under laws in Canada and the U.S. operate.

In our interview, Ellen describes the challenges of cultural differences in compliance and gives us a peek at how the new EU privacy regulation may impact the relationship between employees and employers in the international context.

Ellen Pekilis is an experienced General Counsel and Non-Profit Leader.  She is the former Executive Director of Energy Exchange a nonprofit based in Toronto, Canada, and the former General Counsel of the CSA Group, an internationally accredited standards development, and testing and certification organization also headquartered in Toronto, Canada.  Ellen is also a member of the Ontario Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel.



Ellen Pekilis on LinkedIn

Feb 8, 2016

Jonathan Hemus is the founder and Managing Director of Insignia and an extremely experienced crisis management consultant with over 25 years’ experience providing crisis management advice and training to world leading organizations and brands. He is known for his specialist expertise in crisis management and is a highly regarded trainer and coach.  Before launching Insignia in 2008, he was the global leader of reputation management consultancy Porter Novelli’s crisis and issues management practice.

At Insignia he has developed plans and delivered training to prevent and prepare for crisis, and advised organizations in the midst of major incidents and issues. He has advised organizations including Ageas, Diageo, Disney, DP World, HSBC, the International Cricket Council, JP Morgan, Lafarge, Novartis, Procter and Gamble and PwC across Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and North America. Working with these organizations at the most senior level he has been instrumental in determining their reputational vision and steering them through issues and crises that have posed real threats to their integrity.

Jonathan is a regular media commentator on crisis management matters having featured on Sky News, BBC TV and radio, Al Jazeera, CNN, The Times and a wide range of international, regional and sector-specific media.

He has also spoken on reputation management, crisis communication and reputational risk management at national and international conferences and events, most recently at the International Crisis and Risk Communication Conference in Florida.  As well as delivering the UAE Government Leaders’ crisis management module for Henley Business School, he is also a guest lecturer in crisis management at Manchester Metropolitan University.

When not at work, you will find him pounding the streets in a forlorn quest to beat his time in the 2013 Manchester Marathon, grumbling about the fortunes of his beloved Aston Villa or sipping a refreshing beer at a cricket ground in England or beyond.




T:     0121 382 5304

Insignia Resource Library

Feb 1, 2016

Kristy Grant-Hart is an expert at transforming compliance departments into in-demand business assets.  She's the author of How to be a Wildly Effective Compliance Officer and Managing Director of Spark Compliance Consulting, a boutique consultancy focusing on the creation, energizing and optimization of corporate compliance and data privacy programs.  She is also an adjunct professor at Delaware Law School, Widener University, teaching Global Compliance and Ethics. 

Before launching Spark Compliance, Ms. Grant-Hart was the Chief Compliance Officer at United International Pictures, the joint distribution company for Paramount Pictures and Universal Pictures in 65+ countries.  Ms. Grant-Hart was shortlisted for the 2015 Chief Compliance Officer of the Year award at the Women in Compliance Awards. 

Ms. Grant-Hart began her legal career at the international law firm of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, where she worked in the firm’s Los Angeles and London offices. While at Gibson Dunn, her team was nominated for Best Regulatory Law Firm of the Year at Thomson Reuter’s Compliance Awards. She is an experienced international conference speaker and has published articles in magazines and trade publications in the United States and Europe on anti-bribery topics and data privacy and data transfer between the United States, the United Kingdom, and the European Union. She has advised Fortune 500 companies on international compliance and created and revamped compliance programs for major companies in Europe and the United States. 

Ms. Grant-Hart graduated summa cum laude from Loyola Law School in California. She holds certification as a Corporate Compliance and Ethics Professional – International (CCEP-I) and is a member of the California Bar.



Kristy Grant-Hart


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Twitter: @KristyGrantHart


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