Vice President, Business Ethics
Al is an accomplished attorney with more than 20 years of experience in corporate and international law. At Ipsen, Al is responsible for driving and maintaining a comprehensive and effective domestic Ethics and Compliance program, leading the way in fostering a culture of integrity and ethical business practices across the company.
Most recently, Al was President and founder of Valcore, a consulting firm specializing in designing and implementing customized compliance solutions for companies in the pharmaceutical and biotech industries, among other highly regulated industries. In this capacity, Al functioned as his clients’ virtual Chief Compliance & Privacy Officer, overseeing compliance communication and marketing strategies, risk assessments, auditing and monitoring plans, policy and training development, investigative strategies, third-party due diligence and compliance program effectiveness. Prior to Valcore, Al served for 5 years as Vice President of Compliance and Ethics for Diageo, a British multinational alcoholic beverages company headquartered in London, leading the company’s Compliance and Ethics program for its North American region. Al also spent 7 years at Merck & Co., Inc., serving first as Director of Legal Affairs, overseeing legal aspects of the company’s operations in 13 Latin American countries, and then as Regional Business Practices and Compliance Officer, where he led the development of a standard business practices and compliance program for Latin America and Puerto Rico, managing, designing, and implementing global programs.
Al received his law degree (JD equivalent) from the Universidad Santa Maria, Caracas – Venezuela, and later attended the University of Miami School of Law, where he received his US JD. He is admitted to the New York Bar and the Caracas Bar and received the Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional (CCEP) accreditation from the Compliance Certification Board.
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