Does being ethical pay? Our Perspective, 6 August 2013
Peter Liria joined UNDP as the Chief Ethics Officer, Director of the Ethics Office in June 2012. He has vast experience and expertise in all aspects of regulatory and ethical compliance and corporate governance.
Prior to UNDP, he served as the Senior Director for Global Ethics & Compliance for Avaya Inc. a private (former Fortune 500) company and a world leader in telecommunications that builds and manages communications networks for more than 1 million businesses worldwide. Mr. Liria’s responsibility extended across the globe and he was responsible for having created Avaya’s first comprehensive compliance programme addressing all compliance and ethics matters in more than 150 countries. Under his direction, Avaya was recognized as one of the "World's Most Ethical Companies" by the Ethisphere Institute for five straight years, from 2007 through 2011. Mr. Liria’s accomplishments at Avaya were also recognized by NJBiz Magazine, which named him a finalist for New Jersey Compliance Professional of the Year for 2012. He also had responsibility for overseeing global Corporate Security, Equal Employment Opportunity, Records Management, Business Continuity, and Environmental, Health and Safety functions.
Before that, Mr. Liria served as VP Compliance and Ethics and Corporate Secretary for WellChoice Inc., the former parent company to Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield, the largest health insurer in New York State, and itself a Fortune 350 company. As a member of the WellChoice senior management team, Mr. Liria served as an innovative senior officer, exploiting technology to develop creative, cost-effective solutions to complex legal, governance, ethics and regulatory matters that, in turn, led to a significant reduction in alleged and upheld Code violations, and overall improved employee behaviour.
Mr. Liria is a licensed attorney admitted to practice in New York and in the US District Courts, Southern and Eastern Districts. He is a graduate of New York Law School (JD) and Pace University (BBA in Labor Management Relations).