Annie joined WEX in 2014, bringing to the company nearly 15 years of experience in business risk strategy and management, regulatory compliance, corporate governance, and mergers and acquisitions. As chief risk & compliance officer (CRCO), Annie is responsible for managing all of WEX’s enterprise risk management efforts, which include global oversight of WEX’s regulated financial service entities, corporate compliance, credit risk management, insurance, third party risk management and organizational resilience. She previously served as senior vice president, and chief ethics and compliance officer, overseeing WEX’s global programs covering ethics and compliance, enterprise risk management and organizational resilience, and the provision of legal support involving Bank governance and regulatory matters, privacy, litigation, human resources and procurement.
Prior to joining WEX, Annie was associate general counsel and chief compliance officer for SIG SAUER and IDEXX Laboratories, where she advised on domestic and international legal matters, built compliance and ethics programs, set reporting strategies, and supported the general counsel with corporate governance, board matters and SEC reporting. Annie also worked in private practice at Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York and Sheehan Phinney Bass & Green in New Hampshire and served as a law clerk for Judge Eugene E. Siler Jr. of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. She holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Kentucky College of Law, where she graduated first in her class, and a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University. She is active in her community supporting nonprofits with missions that she is passionate about and she holds a seat on the Board of Directors of Olympia Snowe Women’s Leadership Institute and the Dempsey Center.
What brought you to WEX?
I came to WEX because I was at a stage in my career where I was looking for something different. I knew I wanted to be part of a public global company where I could stretch knowledge and leadership. Additionally, WEX’s culture had a strong reputation in the community that appealed to me. The company’s focus on giving back and supporting the community combined with the pace of growth and complexity and the opportunity to work at a company with a female CEO spoke to me. I knew WEX would also provide me with the opportunity to mature both an enterprise risk management and a compliance program.
What gets you excited about what you’re doing?
I love what I do; risk and compliance are relatively new functions within public companies, which provides me with an opportunity to build frameworks to help promote our continued growth trajectory. I feel really fortunate to work on these types of complex business issues and live in Maine. It’s a really unique opportunity to be able to be in Portland, Maine and do the type of sophisticated work while overlooking the ocean. Most important to me, our culture is about teamwork and leveraging our strengths collectively to get things done, we may not always agree but we are always headed in the same direction.
What advice would you give to your younger self?
Don’t miss out on an opportunity wondering if you can do something – just put your head down and get it done. Also, it’s important to have confidence in yourself; be authentic; know that mentors can help you navigate roadblocks, but you need to make your own path because you are unique, and your skills and leadership abilities are unique to you.
What are your personal passions outside of work and family?
Giving back to my community is an important part of who I am. As a female leader, it’s extremely important that I support young women both as a mentor at WEX and through my work with the Olympia Snowe Women’s Leadership Institute, as both a member of the Board of Directors and Olympia’s Leader Advisory Network.
Cancer runs in my family; I recently lost my mom and her sister to the disease. It is a life changing event to watch someone you love struggle with the disease, so I am committed to helping families dealing with these situations. I participate in the Maine Tri for a Cure on a regular basis and I just joined the Board of the Dempsey Center here in Portland.