A majority of large companies today have a Compliance & Ethics Department, whose function is to ensure the company and its employees comply with laws, regulations, rules, policies and procedures. If a company does not have a dedicated Compliance & Ethics group then this function likely operates formally or informally through the Law Department.
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As Principal at Donaldson Strategic Advisors, Mr. Donaldson advises companies and executives on legal and business issues, including strategy, organizational effectiveness, general counsel services, compliance and negotiations. He is a strategic thinker and expert problem solver who has a passion helping people and teams succeed. Prior to starting Donaldson Strategic Advisors, Mr. Donaldson was Vice President Splenda Sucralose for Tate & Lyle and General Manager Global Acidulants for Tate & Lyle. Mr. Donaldson began his legal career at the law firm of Winston & Strawn in Chicago. He then moved to the Netherlands to oversee the delivery of legal services in Europe, Middle East and Africa for JohnsonDiversey. After his stint in Europe, Mr. Donaldson returned to the US to head-up a legal division of Tate & Lyle before moving to the commercial side. Mr. Donaldson has a B.A in Economics from UCLA; a J.D. from Loyola University Chicago School of Law; significant course work in Leadership from Fuller Theological Seminary; and language studies at the University of Tubingen, Germany and the International Preparatory Institute in Budapest, Hungary. Mr. Donaldson is married with three sons. In his free time, Mr. Donaldson enjoys coaching his sons’ sport teams, reading, traveling, working in the yard, golfing and fishing.
As principal at “Volare & Connecting”, Dr. Giovanni Gasperoni advises companies and senior executives on business strategy, merger and acquisition, integration, growth and organizational strategy on a global basis. Mr. Gasperoni is a Global Business Leader who positions companies for accelerating growth. Solves complex business challenges using strategic business acumen, critical thinking and creativity. Ability to make key decisions, introduce necessary change and ensure success. Motivates (cheerleader), mentors, holds accountable and leads talented multi-cultural professionals. Prior to starting “Volare & Connecting” Mr. Gasperoni was Chief Administrative and Strategy Officer at Novus International, Inc., responsible for the company’s Administrative and Strategic Planning Unit, with oversight for the Finance, Human Resources, Legal, Enterprise Systems and Optimization (IT), Corporate Development (Strategic Planning), Process Improvement, Strategic Initiatives, Internal Audit, Government Affairs and Industry Relations functions. This Unit also leads the long-range planning process for the organization and manages mergers, acquisitions and integration. Mr. Gasperoni has been instrumental in his prior role of Executive Vice President, Marketing and Sales, in leading Novus during its growth into a global health and nutrition company with sales of nearly US $1 billion. He has helped guide Novus as it diversified from a poultry market-focused organization into the Beef, Dairy, Pork and Aquaculture markets. Under his direction, Novus has grown from three core poultry market products to over 100 products covering strategic nutrition, gut health and feed quality throughout the animal agriculture industry. A native of Italy, Gasperoni graduated “cum laude” from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Bologna. Gasperoni is fluent in five languages, English, Italian, Spanish, French and Portuguese. He frequently speaks at conferences and events around the world on a variety of topics related to forward-looking trends in animal agriculture.