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Steve Naughton

Title/s:  Director, Center for Compliance Studies

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About

Steve Naughton joins us after more than 30 years of experience an an attorney managing risk and compliance efforts for large multinational corporations. Specifically, Steve has served as a Chief Compliance Officer, overseeing the Litigation and Compliance functions, of three well-known consumer brands. 

For the past three years, Steve has served as a member of the monitorship team overseeing Volkswagen’s remediation efforts after its emissions scandal. Steve has worked on the team responsible for assisting Volkswagen in designing and implementing an appropriate compliance function and program to prevent, detect and resolve compliance risks with the world’s largest automaker. 

Before his work on the monitorship team, Steve was the Vice President and Chief Compliance & Ethics Officer of Kimberly-Clark, a multinational corporation operating in more than 100 countries. He served in the same role at PepsiCo. Both programs were recognized as industry leaders with PepsiCo receiving the first perfect 100 score for its compliance program from the Dow Jones Sustainability Index.  Steve was recognized as a “Top Mind in Compliance” by Compliance Week in its inaugural class of honorees. 

Prior to working as a Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer, Steve held numerous positions as an in-house attorney for PepsiCo and The Quaker Oats Company. He was also elected as a partner at the late, great Chicago law firm, Pope Ballard Shepard and Fowle.  He is a member of the bar of the State of Illinois.

Steve and his wife, Nancy Paridy, live in Evanston. Nancy serves as the Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel for the Shirley Ryan Abilitylab (formerly the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago). They have three children, Matthew, a second year law student at American University; Peter, a senior in Civil Engineering at Santa Clara University and Ellen, a sophomore at Georgetown University.