Janice Innis-Thompson is an experienced corporate executive and a Senior Advisor for Compliance Strategists, a leading consulting firm specializing exclusively in compliance, ethics, risk and governance practices.
Until June of 2016, Janice was Senior Managing Director, Chief Compliance and Ethics Officer of TIAA-CREF, a role she served in for nine and a half years. Janice oversaw and managed TIAA’s enterprise wide Compliance and Ethics Program. She led a team of more than 150 compliance professionals during a period of explosive growth – from $500 billion to $900 billion in assets under management – and transformed TIAA’s Compliance Program from an Insurance-centric program to a multi-regulated program driven by the Federal Reserve Bank. She also conceptualized and launched TIAA’s Ethics program, which won Ethisphere’s Awards in 2014 and 2015, ranking TIAA as one of the most Ethical Companies in the World.
Prior to joining TIAA-CREF, Janice was Chief Compliance Counsel at Tyco International. There she held global responsibility for policies and procedures, risk identification, education, monitoring, and reporting of compliance issues to General Counsel, Audit Committee, and Board of Directors. Janice introduced the first structured global compliance program across Tyco’s four businesses and developed the company’s inaugural training program to address FCPA and anti-bribery issues.
Prior to her work at Tyco, she was the Chief Compliance Counsel at the International Paper Company, the largest paper company in the world with approximately $23 billion in revenues. Here she launched and led the company’s inaugural compliance function following the introduction of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. Janice was also appointed Chairman to build the company’s first national diversity and inclusion training program.
Janice began her career with the United States Department of Justice, where she was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in three jurisdictions. During that time she also served a year as Counsel to the Director of EOUSA (Executive Office for United States Attorneys), and worked with Attorney General Janet Reno during the 1996 election.
Janice is also a board member of Edward Jones’ Bridge Builder Trust Fund, where she chairs the nominating and governance committee. She also serves on the boards of the NYPD Audit Advisory Committee and the Wardlaw-Hartridge School. She is an active member of several industry groups including the Compliance & Ethics Leadership Counsel and Corporate Executive Board. Janice was awarded the National Bar Association’s Rising Star Corporate Counsel of the Year Award in 2016 and Ethisphere’s Attorneys Who Matter – Best and Brightest Minds in the Legal Field in 2015.
Janice holds a B.A. with honors and a J.D. from the University of Florida.