Robert Echols Joins IAP as Vice President, Chief Compliance Officer, and Chief Ethics Officer
Cape Canaveral, FL – IAP Worldwide Services, Inc. announced today that Robert M. Echols joined the company as its Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer. He will also serve as the Chief Ethics Officer for the Company.
Echols will oversee IAP’s global compliance and ethics programs, including the development and delivery of effective training and internal audit programs throughout the company. This includes the management of global program staffing, coordination with internal and external agencies, U.S. Government authorities, and the company’s stakeholders. He also will be responsible for the development and delivery of effective ethics compliance training and internal audit programs.
“Bob has more than 20 years of experience in designing, implementing and directing award-winning global corporate compliance and ethics programs,” said CEO and Chairman of the Board Steven Gaffney. “His executive leadership and expertise will be invaluable as we continue to affirm our strong ethical culture and embed IAP’s core values of integrity, respect, and responsibility in all our businesses and operations throughout the world.”
Before joining IAP, Echols served as the Director of Business Conduct for the Monsanto Company in St. Louis, Missouri, an $11 billion multinational company with 23,000 employees doing business in over 150 countries.
Prior to his tenure at Monsanto, Echols held comparable positions for other Department of Defense companies. He worked in philanthropic and consulting positions and managed a global program to promote the importance of judicial independence worldwide.
Earlier in his career, Echols was civilian counsel and Designated Agency Ethics Official for the U.S. Army Security and Intelligence Command in Arlington Hall Station, Virginia. He additionally served as an active duty Judge Advocate General (JAG) attorney in the U.S. Army JAG Corps at the United States Military Academy at West Point.
IAP Worldwide Services, Inc. is a leading international contractor providing global mission support for commercial industries, the Department of Defense and other U.S. government agencies. The company operates in three lines of business: Global Operations and Logistics, Base Operations Support Services, and Professional and Technical Services. IAP’s corporate headquarters is located in Cape Canaveral, Florida, and the company employs more than 5,000 people at over 100 locations worldwide. IAP’s website can be accessed at www.iapws.com.