Interview with the Founder-Maurice Gilbert of Conselium and Corporate Compliance Insights

by Thomas Fox

1.         Where did you grow up and what were your interests as a youngster?

I grew up in Detroit, Michigan, and my interests as a youth centered on playing competitive tennis. My dream was to make it on the Pro tour.  My other interest was listening to Motown music:  Marvin Gay, Supremes, Temptations, etc.

2.         Where did you go to college and what experiences there led to your current profession?

I went to Eastern Michigan University; I studied sociology and general business. I also played on the tennis team.  On summer breaks I taught tennis at camps and tennis clubs.  What eventually lead me to the executive search business were primarily two things: first, my knowledge of business, having spent 20 years in corporate America with the likes of GE, and second, my desire to coach and mentor professionals with their career. I remembered how gratifying it was teaching tennis and helping with a person’s development.  In short, I took my passion for coaching and applied it in the business setting I became familiar with.

3.         Can you explain the philosophy of Conselium and what do you believe makes it stand out from similar firms?

When our clients engage us they usually are already experiencing exposure to risk by not having the appropriate hire on board.   That means there’s a level of urgency about filling a position. For us, exceptional customer service means putting our client first and responding to that urgency.  We work weekends, holidays — whatever it takes to meet or exceed expectations.

Another unique factor that contributes to our success is that we have developed our brand by specializing in a very narrow niche: our focus is placing Compliance Officers and Legal Counsel in highly regulated environments. The narrower your focus, the more you set yourself up as subject matter experts. We have even developed our brand on a global footprint due to our specialization.  I recommend anyone interested in the subject of branding read “The 22 Immutable Laws of Branding” by Al Ries.

The third thing I think that makes our search firm unique is the development of Corporate Compliance Insights. Having this online publication has afforded us an opportunity to expand the network of the search business while developing relationships with Compliance and Legal professionals throughout the world. CCI gives compliance experts a place to come together every day to share ideas and opinions.  It keeps all of us on top of the issues that are important in this niche, and it gives Conselium access to the best and the brightest.

4.         What led you to start Corporate Compliance Insights and what do you hope to bring to the compliance community through this resource?

We decided to develop the publication because we met several GRC professionals like you with a wealth of information who needed a platform to share ideas and showcase their knowledge.  CCI has really exceeded our expectations, which for us reinforces that there was a void in this space.  As we look to the future, we see CCI as a leader in providing rich content for useful/practical solutions to fellow GRC practitioners, an aggregator of GRC events and an aggregator of GRC jobs.  We also have a vision of building a CCI community that facilitates greater interaction among our readers, because we sense there’s a desire in the compliance community to have regular, meaningful dialogue about issues and best practices.

5.         With your dual roles at Conselium and CCI, where do you see the compliance field going in 2013 and beyond?

The compliance field is still in the “toddler” stage, and there is still much to be done.  I am a real proponent of education; specifically the Compliance Officers have to educate management about the benefits of having a robust ethical & compliant (E & C) environment.  There is information available that having a robust E & C actually contributes to the bottom line.   Think about it: a solid program attracts employees, vendors, investors, customers, etc.  It’s just good for business.  We must do a better job at educating so that more compliance officers have a seat at the “C” suite.  Having a Compliance Officer report to the General Counsel or other management executive and not directly to the Board has the potential for significant conflicts of interest.

So what I am saying is there is significant opportunity to grow our profession provided we are vigilant in educating those around us.   Speaking of education, there are some universities that provide some undergrad courses on ethics/compliance.  We at CCI have developed a relationship with the HAAS School at UC Berkeley in helping their visibility with an Executive Ethics & Compliance Program.  It is the hope of the HAAS program to get sufficient interest to create a graduate program in Ethics & Compliance.   We do need a feeder system from our universities much the way we have law schools and other graduate programs that provide young professionals with the basics before entering the workforce.

DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

© Thomas Fox, Compliance Evangelist | Attorney Advertising

Written by:

Thomas Fox

Compliance Evangelist on:

Readers' Choice 2017
Reporters on Deadline

"My best business intelligence, in one easy email…"

Your first step to building a free, personalized, morning email brief covering pertinent authors and topics on JD Supra:
Sign up using*

Already signed up? Log in here

*By using the service, you signify your acceptance of JD Supra's Privacy Policy.
Custom Email Digest
Privacy Policy (Updated: October 8, 2015):

JD Supra provides users with access to its legal industry publishing services (the "Service") through its website (the "Website") as well as through other sources. Our policies with regard to data collection and use of personal information of users of the Service, regardless of the manner in which users access the Service, and visitors to the Website are set forth in this statement ("Policy"). By using the Service, you signify your acceptance of this Policy.

Information Collection and Use by JD Supra

JD Supra collects users' names, companies, titles, e-mail address and industry. JD Supra also tracks the pages that users visit, logs IP addresses and aggregates non-personally identifiable user data and browser type. This data is gathered using cookies and other technologies.

The information and data collected is used to authenticate users and to send notifications relating to the Service, including email alerts to which users have subscribed; to manage the Service and Website, to improve the Service and to customize the user's experience. This information is also provided to the authors of the content to give them insight into their readership and help them to improve their content, so that it is most useful for our users.

JD Supra does not sell, rent or otherwise provide your details to third parties, other than to the authors of the content on JD Supra.

If you prefer not to enable cookies, you may change your browser settings to disable cookies; however, please note that rejecting cookies while visiting the Website may result in certain parts of the Website not operating correctly or as efficiently as if cookies were allowed.

Email Choice/Opt-out

Users who opt in to receive emails may choose to no longer receive e-mail updates and newsletters by selecting the "opt-out of future email" option in the email they receive from JD Supra or in their JD Supra account management screen.


JD Supra takes reasonable precautions to insure that user information is kept private. We restrict access to user information to those individuals who reasonably need access to perform their job functions, such as our third party email service, customer service personnel and technical staff. However, please note that no method of transmitting or storing data is completely secure and we cannot guarantee the security of user information. Unauthorized entry or use, hardware or software failure, and other factors may compromise the security of user information at any time.

If you have reason to believe that your interaction with us is no longer secure, you must immediately notify us of the problem by contacting us at In the unlikely event that we believe that the security of your user information in our possession or control may have been compromised, we may seek to notify you of that development and, if so, will endeavor to do so as promptly as practicable under the circumstances.

Sharing and Disclosure of Information JD Supra Collects

Except as otherwise described in this privacy statement, JD Supra will not disclose personal information to any third party unless we believe that disclosure is necessary to: (1) comply with applicable laws; (2) respond to governmental inquiries or requests; (3) comply with valid legal process; (4) protect the rights, privacy, safety or property of JD Supra, users of the Service, Website visitors or the public; (5) permit us to pursue available remedies or limit the damages that we may sustain; and (6) enforce our Terms & Conditions of Use.

In the event there is a change in the corporate structure of JD Supra such as, but not limited to, merger, consolidation, sale, liquidation or transfer of substantial assets, JD Supra may, in its sole discretion, transfer, sell or assign information collected on and through the Service to one or more affiliated or unaffiliated third parties.

Links to Other Websites

This Website and the Service may contain links to other websites. The operator of such other websites may collect information about you, including through cookies or other technologies. If you are using the Service through the Website and link to another site, you will leave the Website and this Policy will not apply to your use of and activity on those other sites. We encourage you to read the legal notices posted on those sites, including their privacy policies. We shall have no responsibility or liability for your visitation to, and the data collection and use practices of, such other sites. This Policy applies solely to the information collected in connection with your use of this Website and does not apply to any practices conducted offline or in connection with any other websites.

Changes in Our Privacy Policy

We reserve the right to change this Policy at any time. Please refer to the date at the top of this page to determine when this Policy was last revised. Any changes to our privacy policy will become effective upon posting of the revised policy on the Website. By continuing to use the Service or Website following such changes, you will be deemed to have agreed to such changes. If you do not agree with the terms of this Policy, as it may be amended from time to time, in whole or part, please do not continue using the Service or the Website.

Contacting JD Supra

If you have any questions about this privacy statement, the practices of this site, your dealings with this Web site, or if you would like to change any of the information you have provided to us, please contact us at:

- hide
*With LinkedIn, you don't need to create a separate login to manage your free JD Supra account, and we can make suggestions based on your needs and interests. We will not post anything on LinkedIn in your name. Or, sign up using your email address.