The finalists for WashingtonExec’s Chief Officer Awards were announced March 17, and we’ll be highlighting some of them until the event takes place live, in-person May 10.
Next is Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer finalist in the Private & Public Company category Farah Shah, general counsel and chief ethics and compliance officer at J&J Worldwide Services. Here, she talks about the impact of enhanced training, building a strong partnership with various business functions and the importance of early wins.
What key achievements did you have in 2022 / 2023?
In 2022 and 2023, J&J has enhanced its corporate compliance program to offer more training and professional development opportunities to our employees. Specifically, we launched more frequent and timely trainings that are tailored to the unique issues our employees face based on their roles in the organization.
The enhanced trainings have been well received by our employees and reinforce our strong commitment to a culture of compliance at all levels of the organization.
What has made you successful in your current role?
Building a strong partnership with our program teams and other business service functions. I approach this role with a focus on how to promote the best interests of the organization and help others solve their problems. I have found that success comes naturally when you focus on the collective benefit of all stakeholders.
What was a turning point or inflection point in your career?
I can’t identify a discrete event, but my success is the direct result of industry professionals taking an interest in my professional development and offering their support through advocacy and sponsorship. I have been very fortunate to work with some of the most talented professionals in the industry, and I am so grateful for their support and mentorship throughout my career.
What are you most proud of having been a part of in your current organization?
I am grateful for the opportunity to carry on J&J’s 50 year legacy of serving our heroes.
Looking back at your career, what are you most proud of?
The relationships I have built and the young professionals I have been able to support in their own development journey.
What’s your best career advice for those who want to follow in your footsteps?
When starting a new role or taking on new responsibilities, nothing says “success” like success. Focus on early wins and solving problems for others to build credibility and trust among your stakeholders and partners.