Helane Morrison, Leading Change from a Preventative Role

According to her profile on Bloomberg.com, Ms. Morrison spent over a decade at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) where she investigated and assigned consequences regarding financial regulatory matters in six states. San Francisco Gate noted her intention “to continue the office’s aggressive agenda” against fraud when she was promoted to Regional Director. Prior to working at the SEC, Ms. Morrison practiced business law defending companies she had done internal investigations for. It does not surprise me that she was well prepared for a pioneering role at Hall Capital in the field of corporate compliance. In her career before corporate compliance, Ms. Morrison saw many cases of companies gone awry, for a variety of reasons. In her current role, as a corporate compliance leader, she searches for and implements solutions to correct imbalances in internal procedures preventing the litigated finality of SEC corrective action down the road.
Problems are frequently found by auditors and other check and balance measures. Some cases may have a clear answer presented by the observer, but many situations are much more muddled. Once the audit is complete, companies need inspirational and dedicated staff to follow through on finding and implementing an avenue for change. This is where corporate compliance staff work collaboratively with employees to prevent the organization (and thus all involved) from facing punishment later. Mississippi Business Journal outlines the intentions of compliance officer job titles and compliance training programs. Corporate compliance is a field that will continue to grow as the legal environment expands and companies are expected to be knowledgeable in following a vast amount of technical specifications and ruled applications of the ever interpreted laws. Change agents like Helane Morrison will continue to rise to the occasion and meet these legal challenges with poise and consideration.