Black Swan Partners Announces New Team Members

Press Release ( - San Francisco, CA - Sep 19, 2017 - ​​​​​The Black Swan Partners LLC is pleased to announce it is growing its senior team of risk and compliance professionals with the addition of four affiliate partners.  Black Swan is a boutique management consulting firm that helps its clients build sustainable risk, compliance and business continuity processes. Their advice is uniquely customized to each client’s needs and budget.

Hazel de Burgh is a Canada-based CPA who brings more than three decades of experience preventing and investigating fraud, corruption, compliance and other risks. Her consulting practice is focused on helping organizations improve their culture by addressing fraud, corruption, compliance, and other operational risks. She had a lead role in inspiring a culture of transparency and accountability in a 55,000-person public company that was the subject of a regulatory settlement agreement. Hazel is also a Specialist in Investigative & Forensic Accounting. Tracy Knippenburg Gillis is based in New York City and is a successful business professional and leader in the fields of reputational risk, crisis management, strategic and enterprise risk management, and organizational resiliency. She has nearly 30 years of experience helping organizations of all sizes and industries to effectively prepare for and manage their enterprise risks. 

Melodie Juson has diverse experience in managing financial and other risks across highly regulated sectors. Before moving to New York, she worked in the treasury department of a flagship airline based in Asia where she established a financial risk division. Melodie helped the airline improve its business performance by identifying, analyzing and managing FX, fuel hedging and other key enterprise risks. Mark Major manages an employee benefits law practice in Denver, Colorado. His experience spans the past 30 years encompassing the full range of employee and executive level benefit plan design and HR compliance activity. Mark’s extensive experience with employee benefit plan legal compliance includes 14 years as in-house ERISA counsel for three large corporations (oil & gas, cable and telecommunications industries) and 10 years as a lead U.S. compliance attorney for Mercer, a worldwide human resources consulting firm.

“Hazel, Tracy, Melodie and Mark will enhance our ability to help our clients address their risk, compliance, and business resiliency challenges. They are invaluable additions to our team and we are thrilled that they are joining us”.

Bill Brossman, Founding Partner

“Today’s risk and compliance environment is evolving dramatically due to disruptive technologies, geopolitical risk, climate change and other forces.  Companies have to stay ahead of the risk curve in order to survive and thrive,” said Bill Brossman, partner at The Black Swan Partners. “Now more than ever, organizations need senior risk and compliance professionals who understand these risks and have the experience and know-how to navigate these complex issues. My partner Cynthia Liwanag and I are thrilled that Hazel, Tracy, Melodie and Mark are joining our Black Swan team. They will be invaluable additions and will enhance our ability to help our clients address their risk, compliance, and business resiliency challenges.”

Media Contact: 
Euna Kwon​​, Communications Director

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