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Bentley University Presents: “The Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer: A Test of Endurance,” February 7

February 7, 2011

Patrick Gnazzo, the Former Chief Risk & Compliance Officer, CA Technologies, and former Chief Compliance Officer at United Technologies Corporation (UTC) will deliver the keynote lecture in the Verizon Professorship in Business Ethics on Monday, February 7th at 3:30 PM in Wilder Pavilion, Adamian Academic Center at Bentley University.

In his talk, entitled, "The Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer: A Test of Endurance," Gnazzo will draw on his many years of experience on the forefront of the corporate ethics and compliance field to share how one can succeed in this challenging environment. The event is free and open to the public. In addition to his address, Gnazzo will facilitate a faculty workshop on Thursday, February 10 in the Adamian Commons.

As businesses publicly struggle to remain transparent and ethical in today's fast-paced marketplace, with the encouragement of the US Department of Justice, many have responded by establishing a Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer position whose responsibility is to ensure that the policies and activities of companies are both in compliance with the laws as well as in accordance with the established ethical norms of good business conduct. This function has not yet fully taken hold as an essential part of management in many major American corporations and many important questions regarding the role of the ethics officer in responding to ethics challenges remain unanswered. Gnazzo hopes to address such questions and will draw on his vast experience as a leader in this field.

Gnazzo was a pioneer in the development of the corporate ethics and compliance officer movement. At CA Technologies, a $4.4 billion IT management software company, he held several positions associated with the management of corporate ethics, including that of chief compliance officer and chief risk officer. Prior to joining CA, Pat served as chief compliance officer at United Technologies Corporation (UTC) for ten years. In this capacity, Pat managed more than 260 business practice officers worldwide who oversaw the implementation of the company's ethics and compliance programs for all of its 200,000 employees in 180 countries. He retired from CA in September 2010.

VERIZON COMMUNICATIONS, INC., sponsor of this event, is headquartered in New York and is a global leader in delivering broadband and other wireless and wireline communications services to mass market, business, government and wholesale customers. Verizon Wireless serves more than 94 million customers nationwide on what is widely regarded as America's most reliable wireless network. Verizon's Wireline operations provide converged communications, information and entertainment services over the nation's most advanced fiber-optic network. Wireline also includes Verizon Business, which delivers innovative and seamless business solutions to customers around the world. A Dow 30 company, Verizon employs a diverse workforce of more than 194,000 and last year generated consolidated operating revenues of $106.6 billion.

CENTER FOR BUSINESS ETHICS (CBE) is one of the world's leading research and educational institutes in the field of business ethics. It is also among the oldest, having been established in 1976, when the field was in its infancy.  Given its many contributions to the field, CBE is credited with being a major influence in the development and success of the business ethics movement, both in the United States and around the world. For more information about the Center for Business Ethics at Bentley University, please visit www.bentley.edu/cbe or call (781) 891-2981.

BENTLEY UNIVERSITY is one of the nation’s leading business schools, dedicated to preparing a new kind of business leader – one with the deep technical skills, broad global perspective, and high ethical standards required to make a difference in an ever-changing world. Our rich, diverse arts and sciences program, combined with an advanced business curriculum, prepares informed professionals who make an impact in their chosen fields. Located on a classic New England campus minutes from Boston, Bentley is a dynamic community of leaders, scholars and creative thinkers. The Graduate School emphasizes the impact of technology on business practice, in offerings that include MBA and Master of Science programs, PhD programs in accountancy and in business, and customized executive education programs. The university enrolls approximately 4,100 full-time undergraduate, 140 adult part-time undergraduate, 1,430 graduate, and 43 doctoral students. Bentley is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges; AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business; and the European Quality Improvement System, which benchmarks quality in management and business education. For more information, please visit www.bentley.edu

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