The Compliance Life details the journey to and in the role of a Chief Compliance Officer. How does one come to sit in the CCO chair? What are some of the skills a CCO needs to success navigate the compliance waters in any company? What are some of the top challenges CCOs have faced and how did they meet them? These questions and many others will be explored in this new podcast series. Over four episodes each month on The Compliance Life, I visit with one current or former CCO to explore their journey to the CCO chair. This month, my guest is Kim Yapchai, the Chief Counsel – Environmental, Social & Governance at Tenneco Inc.  This encompasses both compliance and sustainability.

Kim calls herself a “businessperson with a law degree” and she has had a distinguished career in the in-house world. She held in-house positions at Ford Motor Credit Company and Masco before moving to Whirlpool to become the company’s first Chief Compliance Officer. From there she moved to Tenneco to the CCO chair and then into her current role. Further, she is the company’s first Chief Sustainability Officer. In this role, she is working to improve transparency of information shared with stakeholders, set goals, and promote the use of that information by investors, customers, and others. Kim has received numerous awards include the prestigious Top Minds in Compliance Award from Compliance Week.

In this fourth and final episode, Kim discusses receiving the designation of Chief Sustainability Officer and how that intersects with her role as CCO. We conclude with a look at where the risk management professional and risk management profession might be in 2030 and beyond. Finally, in her role as Chief Sustainability Officer, Kim wants to work to “Make Tomorrow Better”.