Andy Holleman ('96) is chief compliance officer at Newmont Mining Corporation in Denver, one of the world’s leading gold producers. In this role, he is responsible for Newmont’s Code of Conduct; the development and promotion of controls to promote compliance with it; training and outreach to facilitate ownership of Newmont’s value of integrity by those working on the Company’s behalf; internal investigations; and remedial measures arising from them. His daily work includes advising on interactions with government officials, traditional leaders and community stakeholders all over the world, and responding to issues raised by employees and others ranging from workplace misconduct to questions about complex commercial and governmental relationships.
How long have you worked in compliance?
I began my current role in 2013. Prior to that, I worked in private practice and spent 11 years at Qwest Communications and CenturyLink, where I worked in litigation, served as a VP of operations, and was chief privacy officer for five years. I also spent one year in the same role at Optum, a subsidiary of United Health Group.
"Compliance is all about the intersection between complex legal rules and the way people interact with one another, sometimes in very challenging situations."
What interests you about compliance?
Compliance is all about the intersection between complex legal rules and the way people interact with one another, sometimes in very challenging situations. Working in compliance at Newmont presents the opportunity to evaluate and advise on that intersection in different cultures all over the world. Every day brings new challenges and new lessons.
What is your education background?
I graduated from Harvard College with my undergraduate degree in the Comparative Study of Religion and then attended the University of Colorado School of Law. After graduating from law school, I served as a law clerk to the Honorable Richard P. Matsch, then-chief judge in the U.S. Federal District Court for Colorado.