Protiviti, a global consulting firm that specializes in Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC) advisory, has recently strengthened its North-American Risk and Compliance practice with two senior appointments. Erick Christensen has joined the Charlotte (North Carolina) office as Managing Director, while Karen Irwin has joined the Toronto also as Managing Director.
Karen Irwin, an expert in financial regulatory compliance, has joined the Toronto office as a Managing Director in its Risk and Compliance solution. Irwin has 17 years of professional experience in the financial services sector, with a focus on regulatory risk management, compliance program design, transformation and implementation, issue remediation and enforcement action resolution. Her background also includes helping global clients improve key control areas such as risk identification and assessment; monitoring and supervision; and testing and analysis.
Prior to joining Protiviti, Irwin was a partner in the regulatory consulting practice of Deloitte in Canada. There, she was responsible for methodology and solution development, quality assurance and oversight of client engagements and led large-scale, enterprise-wide engagements in regulatory compliance and governance.
Irwin received her education in accounting and finance from the Centennial College of Applied Arts and Technology and is a Certified General Accountant (CGA).
Erick Christensen has joined the Charlotte, North Carolina office, also as a Managing Director focused on regulatory matters in the firm’s Risk and Compliance practice. He has nearly 30 years of professional experience and is an expert in regulatory compliance, anti-money laundering, Bank Secrecy Act compliance and the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA). He also has strong technical knowledge across a broad range of regulatory areas including banking, capital markets, insurance and trust.
Prior to joining Protiviti, Christensen was vice president and head of the compliance practice for Capgemini Financial Services and also led the Compliance Center of Excellence in Charlotte. From 1989 through 2011, he worked for Bank of America, where he served as a managing director and corporate compliance executive managing global compliance programs for several large organizations within the bank. Previously, he was a managing director and the chief operating officer at Banc of America Equity Partners.
Christensen earned a law degree from Golden Gate University Law School, a master of business administration degree from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, and a bachelor of arts degree from University of the Pacific.