What are some of the things you like about working at Stout?
I greatly value the collaborative and helpful nature of my colleagues at Stout. I joined the firm in 2020 and, due to the pandemic, have not had opportunities to meet my colleagues in person. Despite working in a remote environment, I have always felt part of the team and well-connected with my colleagues across our national offices. For instance, I have been working seamlessly on multiple client engagements with colleagues in Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, Houston, and Washington. Also, the firm has a great culture where the emphasis on relentless excellence is a way of life. I also truly believe Stout is an organization that cares deeply for our people and their well-being, and this in turn inspires people to produce their best work.
What are some of your main job duties, and how has your role evolved since you began at Stout?
My role has been to help expand the Regulatory Compliance & Financial Crimes practice for the firm. This includes advising clients on matters related to anti-money laundering (AML); sanctions; governance, risk, and compliance (GRC); information technology; data privacy; and cyber risks. I am building and expanding our practice in these areas, bringing in new clients – especially in the banking and financial services space – mentoring and coaching team members, and enhancing our service delivery and execution capabilities and methodologies. Besides this, I have been engaged in various critical initiatives including participating in our Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee and the New York Office Culture Committee. I am also one of the banking and financial services “knowledge leaders” of the firm, helping enhance Stout’s position as a leading advisor in this space and to lead future focused initiatives
What do you like about working in the Disputes, Compliance, & Investigations group, or on Regulatory Compliance & Financial Crimes matters specifically?
My work involves helping solve real problems for clients and helping them improve their risk management strategies, business operations, financial, compliance, and technology processes and controls. My clients range from some of the leading global banks with large international operations and cross-border transactions to smaller regional and community banks. Given the diversity of my clients, I enjoy understanding their unique challenges and culture, and working directly with their leaders to solve these challenges. This could be in the form of helping them remediate AML control weaknesses or strengthening internal operational controls or protecting their most critical data assets and technology.
What attracted you to come work for Stout?
I was impressed with the quality of Stout’s leadership and talent in my early interactions. Stout struck me as a firm with a long-term vision and commitment to achieve success. Stout has developed a unique model for hiring senior level talent and providing them the collaborative tools and infrastructure support to succeed.
What did you do before working at Stout?
I have worked with other leading accounting and consulting/advisory firms in leadership positions through my career and most recently in a mid-sized firm specializing in AML and financial crimes compliance. I also have been actively volunteering and held several leadership roles at the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA), New York Chapter, where I was President and continue as a member of the Board of Governors.
What drives you to do a good job?
The satisfaction of helping clients solve their problems and overcome their challenges is a great motivator. Regulatory compliance and financial crimes is a critical area for financial institutions who are typically under a lot of regulatory pressure. Helping the clients get better outcomes from their efforts and investments is very intellectually satisfying.
What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
I enjoy spending time with my family. Besides this I am passionate about music, sports (especially cricket and tennis) and travel. I am also an avid reader.
What’s a fun fact about you?
I like exploration and discovery. This usually takes the shape of always being on the lookout for and discovering new music, artists, and bands (mostly alternative rock) and emerging sports players