BELA Executive Steering Committee
Comprised of senior executives from BELA Member Companies who provide strategic direction to Ethisphere to help shape
the priorities and objectives of the BELA community.
Bio: Elisabeth Gehringer
Elisabeth serves as senior vice president and chief ethics & compliance officer for Realogy, a role she has held since 2006. In this capacity, she works closely with the Audit Committee of the Realogy Board of Directors. She builds and implements a risk-based approach to ethics and compliance that includes ethics matter management and reporting, conflicts management, fraud and corruption deterrence and investigation, data privacy and information management, employee engagement and training, business partnering, board reporting and workplace violence prevention. Under Elisabeth’s leadership as chief ethics & compliance officer, Realogy was recognized by Ethisphere Institute as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies® in 2017 for the sixth consecutive year.
Previously, Elisabeth served in a dual role as general counsel for the Realogy Franchise Group while maintaining her enterprise-wide compliance and ethics responsibilities from 2007 to 2012. She joined Realogy’s predecessor company in 2004. Prior to joining Realogy, Elisabeth was an associate and counsel with Porzio, Bromberg & Newman, P.C., where she handled litigation and provided business counsel to various clients of the firm. She worked in sales and marketing at Ford Motor Co. after graduating college from Georgetown University and before returning to Georgetown University Law Center for her J.D. She is admitted to practice law in three states and is admitted to the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC).
Elisabeth is a National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) Governance Fellow, serves on the Executive Steering Committee of the Business Ethics Leadership Alliance (BELA), is on the SAI Global Customer Advisory Board, and served on the Board of the 2014 Special Olympics USA National Games. Elisabeth also served on Ethisphere Institute’s 2014 Global Ethics Summit Advisory Board and participated in the Transparency International (TI) Corporate Forum. She is a frequent speaker at industry events, and is a member of professional organizations including Gartner/CEB Global’s Compliance and Ethics Leadership Council, the Ethics & Compliance Initiative (ECI), the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics (SCCE), and the International Association of Financial Crimes Investigators (IAFCI). Elisabeth graduated from the Federal Bureau of Investigation's (FBI) Citizen's Academy, is a past recipient of the Forty Under 40 Award from NJBIZ magazine, and was included among Inside Counsel’s 2014 R3-100, and Ethisphere’s 2015 & 2016 Attorneys Who Matter.
Bio: David Howard
David attended Princeton University and the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and clerked for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
Bio: Mark J. Ohringer
With over 52,000 employees in more than 75 countries, Jones Lang LaSalle (NYSE:JLL; www.jll.com) provides comprehensive integrated real estate and investment management expertise on a local, regional and global level to owner, occupier and investor clients.
It is an industry leader in property and corporate facility management services, with a portfolio of 3 billion square feet worldwide. Its LaSalle Investment Management subsidiary is one of the world’s largest and most diversified real estate investment management firms, with over $47 billion of assets under management.
From April 2002 through March 2003, Mark served as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Kemper Insurance Group, Inc., an insurance holding company.
Prior to that, he served as General Counsel and Secretary of Heller Financial, Inc., a commercial finance company, since September 2000. He had previously served in various positions of increasing responsibility within the Heller Financial legal services function.
Prior to joining Heller, Mark was a Partner at the law firm of Winston & Strawn.
In 2011, Mark was named by the Ethisphere Institute as one of the world’s “100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics.”
In 2012, he was named by Corporate Board Member as one of America’s Top General Counsel.
Mark has a B.A. in Economics (summa cum laude) from Yale College and a J.D. from Stanford Law School.
Bio: Thomas Pfennig
Mr. Pfennig joined Bayer in 2004. He worked as Legal Counsel in Bayer AG´s and Bayer Corporation´s Litigation departments from 2004 to 2009. In 2010, he became Senior Legal Counsel Women’s HealthCare at Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals Inc. He returned to Germany in 2012 and assumed the global responsibility for Investigations and Reporting at Bayer AG´s Compliance function. From 2013 until 2015, he was Head of Legal Product Supply at Bayer HealthCare AG. Prior to joining Bayer, Mr. Pfennig worked at BMW of North America LLC and AT&T Broadband in the US.
Mr. Pfennig completed his legal studies at the University of Bonn/Germany and thereafter graduated from the University of Denver Law School with a Master in American and Comparative Law. He attended Graduate Business Management Programs at the University of Pittsburgh Katz School of Business and Oxford University Said Business School. Mr. Pfennig is admitted to the German Bar and the New York Bar.
Bio: Al Rosa
Prior to joining the corporate compliance staff, Al was the Senior Global Regulatory & Compliance Manager for GE Money, one of GE’s business units, reporting to GE Money’s Chief Compliance Officer from November 2002 through April 2005. In that capacity, Al was responsible for developing worldwide processes for anti-money laundering, insurance selling and numerous other processes for a leading global financial institution. Prior to that role, Al was a Litigation Counsel with GE Money from July 1999 through November 2002, responsible for a broad range of class action, individual and commercial disputes. Prior to his role as Litigation Counsel, Al held the role of Litigation Specialist for GE Money, responsible for individual escalated customer disputes and litigation matters from May 1998 through June 1999. Prior to joining GE in 1998, Al was an Associate with Prudential Insurance.
Al graduated from Connecticut College with a B.A., cum laude in political science (1992), and received his J.D. from the George Washington University National Law Center (1996). Al is a member of the New York Bar, and is a Connecticut Authorized House Counsel.
Bio: Diana Sands
As the company’s chief ethics & compliance officer, Sands leads Boeing’s ethics, compliance, corporate audit and trade controls activities. In this governance role, Sands reports to the chairman and chief executive officer and to the audit committee of the board of directors. She also oversees the administration function including Boeing Shared Services, an organization with more than 7,000 employees which provides common internal services in support of the company’s global operations.
Previously, Sands was corporate controller and vice president of Finance. As Boeing’s principal interface with the board of directors’ audit committee, she led the company’s accounting function and was responsible for timely and transparent financial disclosures.
Prior to Sands’ appointment as corporate controller, she was vice president of Investor Relations, Financial Planning & Analysis. In that role she promoted understanding of Boeing with investors and analysts, and led business plan development, financial forecasting and financial analysis.
Sands previously worked in Corporate Treasury, where she was responsible for financial modeling and analysis related to capital structure, equity and fixed-income valuation, pensions and cash deployment.
She joined Boeing in 2001 from General Motors Co., where she served as director, corporate financial planning and reporting, and had various brand finance roles. Previous to that she held financial positions at Ameritech Communications, Helene Curtis and Arthur Andersen.
A certified public accountant, Sands has a Master of Business Administration from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management and a bachelor’s of business administration with an emphasis in accounting from the University of Michigan.
Sands serves on the boards of the Ounce of Prevention Fund, World Business Chicago and the Catherine Cook School. She lives in Chicago with her husband and two children.
Bio: Melissa Stapleton Barnes
Melissa joined Lilly in 1994 and has held a variety of business and legal roles, including general counsel for Lilly Diabetes and Lilly Oncology, managed market segment leader for national accounts, and Six Sigma black belt. Prior to taking her current role in 2013, she was vice president and deputy general counsel, global litigation and specialty legal. In this capacity, she was responsible for overseeing the company’s global litigation and investigations, as well as managing the corporate secretary’s office and specialty legal functions.
Before joining Lilly, Melissa was a litigator for the law firm of Baker & Daniels in Indianapolis. Melissa earned a Bachelor of Science with highest distinction from Purdue University and a law degree from Harvard Law School.
In 2012, Melissa was recognized by the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association as a Rising Star, and in 2015 and 2016 she was recognized by Ethisphere as an Attorney Who Matters. In June 2016, she was elected as a member of the board of directors for Algonquin Power and Utilities Corporation, headquartered in Toronto. She also currently serves as vice chair of the board for The Center for Performing Arts and is a board member of the Great American Songbook Foundation, Visit Indy and The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis.
Bio: Alan Yuspeh
Yuspeh is well-known in the field of business ethics and compliance. From 1987 to 1997, he served as coordinator of the Defense Industry Initiative on Business Ethics and Conduct. Yuspeh served in 2004 as the national president of the Health Care Compliance Association (HCCA), the professional association of healthcare compliance professionals. He was selected by HCCA as the Health Care Compliance Professional of the Year in 1999. He has also served as member of the board of directors of the Ethics Officer Association.
Yuspeh’s career prior to joining HCA was based in Washington, DC, for 24 years. For 15 years of that time, he was in private law practice, as a partner and associate with several large law firms. Yuspeh served as general counsel to the Committee on Armed Services of the United States Senate from 1982 to 1985. He also served as chief-of-staff and legislative assistant for United States Senator J. Bennett Johnston of Louisiana from 1974 to 1978. He began his career as a management consultant in the Washington, DC, office of McKinsey and Company.
Yuspeh has been active in civic affairs in Nashville. He has served as chairman of the board of directors of the Tennessee Repertory Theater; vice chairman of the board of directors of the Tennessee Performing Arts Center; and a member of the board of directors of the Nashville Public Library Foundation, Nashville Public Education Foundation and the Nashville Opera Association. He is a member of the advisory board of Montgomery Bell Academy. He is a former member of the board of directors of the United Way of Middle Tennessee and the Joe C. Davis Outdoor Center of the YMCA, where he was actively involved in the development of an overnight camp at the Center.
Mr. Yuspeh received his bachelor’s degree at Yale University, magna cum laude, with honors in political science and economics. He received a master’s degree in business administration with distinction from Harvard Business School. In 1978, he earned a law degree from Georgetown University, where he was an editor of Law and Policy in International Business, the school’s journal of international law.