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Scott Avelino, Principal

Scott Avelino has substantial experience working with many well-known companies in their efforts to achieve the highest levels of business integrity through the effective prevention, detection and response to misconduct.

Prior to joining CSLG, he was a Principal with the Forensic practice of KPMG LLP, where he chaired the global network of specialists responsible for driving innovation, thought leadership, global methodologies, training and regional deployment of ethics and compliance services across the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia-Pacific.  While at KPMG, he also played significant internal roles in helping the firm successfully satisfy its deferred prosecution agreement with the Department of Justice arising out of its tax shelter matter.  Among his various roles were assisting a task force established by the board of directors to overhaul the firm’s governance policies and practices, interfacing with the firm’s outside monitor on the firm’s efforts to build a model ethics and compliance program, and leading the team that developed the firm’s first global code of conduct which now governs member firms in over 140 countries.  Earlier in his career, Scott began his work in the field at Ethics Resource Center, an influential non-profit organization that helped pioneer the field of business ethics and a predecessor to what is now the Ethics & Compliance Initiative.

The results of Scott’s thought leadership in the field have been profiled in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Financial Times, CNN and dozens of other business, government and academic venues around the world. He is the lead author three national benchmarking studies examining the nature, prevalence and root causes of corporate fraud and misconduct in the U.S., along with the impact of ethics and compliance programs on employee perceptions and behaviors.  He is also co-author, with Win Swenson, on “Measuring the Effectiveness of Compliance and Ethics Programs” in Compliance Programs and the Corporate Sentencing Guidelines (a leading legal interpretive treatise on preventing corporate criminal and civil liability under U.S. law).

Scott has also been involved in helping to shape public policy on corporate governance and responsibility.  He was among a select group of nationally-recognized practitioners invited by the U.S. Sentencing Commission to testify on how government should assess the compliance and ethics programs of organizations found to be in violation of U.S. law.  This initiative culminated in amendments to the Federal Sentencing Guidelines for Organizational Defendants in November, 2004.  In 2012, he was appointed to an independent advisory group tasked with issuing recommendations to the U.S. Sentencing Commission and other federal agencies on weighing compliance and ethics programs in enforcement outcomes and served as one of the lead authors of the group’s report which was issued in 2013.

He received his B.A. from the University of California, Santa Barbara and his M.B.A. from the Johnson School of Management at Cornell University.  He is a non-attorney member of the firm.


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