Corporations and those who govern them are challenged on multiple fronts — increasing public and media scrutiny, high shareholder expectations, an ever-changing complex regulatory environment, a growing landscape of compliance risks, a turbulent economy, potential personal liability — and the pressures and risks are many and growing. Nicole Sandford understands them and focuses her career on helping companies and their executives and board members overcome these issues to operate effectively and risk intelligently. She specializes in compliance consulting.
Nicole is a partner and the national practice leader for Deloitte & Touche LLP's Enterprise Compliance Services. In a prior role, Nicole spent three years in Deloitte's national office focusing on corporate governance research. She played a critical role in the development of the Deloitte Center for Corporate Governance. Additionally, Nicole helped draft Deloitte's responses to Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) rules proposed as a result of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002. She is also the founder of Deloitte's Diversifying the American Board program, which works to match board-ready executives from nontraditional backgrounds with corporate boards seeking diverse members.
Nicole is a member of the advisory board of the John L. Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance at the University of Delaware’s Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics, and is a member of the board and audit committee of the Global Partnership for Afghanistan. She is a past member of the board of directors of the Society of Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals (SCSGP), and served as the Audit Committee Chair. She co-chairs the Financial Women Association's (FWA) Directorship and Governance Committee, and is a member of the FWA's Programming Leadership Board. She is a member and former co-chair of the Financial Women Association's (FWA) Directorship and Governance Committee. In 2008, she was named a "Rising Star of Corporate Governance" by the Millstein Center for Corporate Governance and Performance at Yale University's School of Management. In 2012, Nicole was featured in “The Glass Elevator: A Guide to Leadership Presence for Women on the Rise” published by 85 Broads. In 2013, she received the World of Difference Award from The International Alliance for Woman.
Nicole is a certified public accountant in both Connecticut and New York. She has extensive experience in Deloitte's audit practice, focusing primarily on publicly traded SEC registrants. She has served as the lead audit partner for public companies in the manufacturing and technology industries.
Nicole is a frequent speaker and writer on governance and compliance issues.
"Smart leaders understand that a strong ethics and compliance program isn’t just about protecting the company from fines and penalties. Done well, these programs protect the company’s reputation, create competitive advantage, and help create a common culture and values throughout the organization."
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