The Fraud Examiner

CEO Moving Mountains in Anti-Corruption Compliance

April 2016

ACFE Member Profile
Philippe Montigny
CEO of ETHIC Intelligence 

In order to keep up with global fraud trends, fraud fighters must be determined to persevere. As a mountain climber, former diplomat and current CEO, Philippe Montigny forged his sense of determination and perseverance “while climbing the Alps, Himalayas, Atlas Mountains, those of Lebanon, as well as the volcanoes of East Africa.” As CEO of ETHIC Intelligence, Montigny may no longer have the time to physically climb mountains, but he is moving them in the anti-fraud field by expanding ETHIC Intelligence’s anti-corruption footprint on every continent.

Where were you born and raised?

I was born and raised in eastern France. Although I am based in Paris, I find myself spending a good part of the year traveling the globe supporting international clients.

How did you become passionate about fighting fraud?

As a member of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development ( OECD) Secretary General’s Private Office, I was able to visit and work in numerous countries across the globe. I also had the privilege of participating in the negotiations which led to the 1997 Anti-Bribery Convention. I became convinced that good corporate governance is essential to an organization’s sustainable development.

What steps led you to your current position as CEO of ETHIC Intelligence?

When I left the OECD in 1998 it was to help set up a consultancy in London that specialized in international relations and development; our goal was to assist companies with their expansion into international markets, and consequently I traveled to Africa frequently. Gradually, I noticed the extent to which corruption figured into the daily operations of most of our clients. In 2001, having become the sole owner of the company, I decided to change the focus and specialize in corruption prevention. I named the company ETHIC Intelligence.

What does that role entail?

I spend most of my time developing our international business and expanding our operations on every continent. However, more importantly for me personally, is the fact that I preside over the ETHIC Intelligence Certification Committee which is made up of international expert lawyers in the field of anti-corruption compliance. As president of the committee, I monitor the quality of our terms of reference and ensure that they include the latest legal requirements (U.S., U.K., Italy, Russia, Brazil, etc.) and guidelines ) International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), International Organization for Standardization(ISO), etc.) as they are published.

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