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John Hanson
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John Hanson is a Managing Director in BDO's Forensics and Investigations Practice with over 29 years of fraud investigations, forensic accounting, corporate compliance & ethics, and audit experience. Though John has earned a reputation as a highly skilled and creative complex corporate fraud examiner, he has also become widely known for his work and thought leadership on Independent Corporate Monitoring and is a passionate advocate for best practices in this developing and growing field of service. As a voting member of the American Bar Association Criminal Justice Section’s Standards Committee on Corporate Monitors, his practical experience as a Monitor and extensive knowledge about Monitors contributed significantly to the ABA’s Standards on Corporate Monitors. John is also a frequently sought speaker on the topic and has provided practical advice, ideas and strategies to lawyers, government officials, and corporate executives involved in such matters, as well as newly appointed Corporate Monitors.

In continuation of his efforts to promote and improve the professional practice of Corporate Monitoring, John founded and presently serves as the President of the International Association of Independent Corporate Monitors, a not-for-profit membership organization.

John is among the most experienced Corporate Monitors. He has had substantial roles in 9 Monitorships since 2008. His first role was leading the Monitorship team in a large Monitorship between 2008 and 2010 associated with the "Big Dig" in Boston. Since 2010, John has been directly appointed 6 times as a Monitor and been engaged twice by other Monitors. In these roles, John has reported to DOJ, Department of Interior, Department of Transportation, Department of Education, Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Labor, Small Business Administration, Federal Highway Administration and the MA Department of Transportation.

Unlike many Monitors or Monitor candidates, John has actually served as the Chief Compliance and Ethics Officer of a company with over 1,500 employees operating around the world. His experience in this role enables him to deeply appreciate the difficulties experienced by Chief Compliance and Ethics Officers and better work with them and their organizations when serving as a Compliance Monitor.

From 1995 to 2010, John served as a leader in the fraud investigations and forensic accounting practice of a large publicly traded international financial consulting firm. From 1995 to 2004, John was an FBI Agent who specialized in complex fraud investigations. From 1990 to 1995, John was the Director of Internal Audit and Quality Control of a large privately held mortgage origination and servicing company in New Orleans.
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Serving as the Independent Auditor of Volkswagen AG, reporting to the EPA.

Serving as the Independent Compliance Monitor of a Pharmacy Chain, reporting to the Department of Labor.

Served as the Independent Monitor of an Oil and Gas Company. Reported to the Department of Interior.

Led the Monitorship team in the Monitorship of Aggregate Industries. Reported to DOJ, DOT, FHWA, and MA Dept of Highways.

Served as the Corporate Monitor of Kforce Government Solutions. Reported to Department of Interior.

Served as the "Independent Business Ethics Program Evaluator" (a Monitor role) of Petersen Steel. Reported to the Small Business Administration.

Served as the Independent Monitor of WHPacific. Reported to the Department of Interior.

Served on the Monitorship team of CONFIDENTIAL. Reported to the Small Business Administration.

Served on the Monitorship team of CONFIDENTIAL. Reported to the Department of Education.

Professional Experience

Founder, President and Chairman of the Board of International Association of Independent Corporate Monitors, a not-for-profit membership organization dedicated to the practice of Corporate Monitoring. 2015 - Present.

Founder and Executive Director of Artifice Forensic Financial Services, a boutique forensic accounting and corporate monitoring consulting firm. 2010 - present.

Former consultant and leadership role in Huron's Forensic Accounting/Litigation Support Practice. 2004 - 2010.

Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. 1995 - 2004.

Director of Internal Audit & Quality Control with Standard Mortgage Corporation. 1990 - 1995.


Bachelor of Science in Accounting - University of New Orleans (1990)

Graduate of the FBI Academy (1995)

Professional Memberships

American Bar Association - Criminal Justice & Litigation Sections

American Institute of Certified Public Accountants

Virginia State Society of CPAs

Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics

Association of Certified Fraud Examiners

International Association of Independent Corporate Monitors


Certified Public Accountant (LA)

Certified Fraud Examiner

Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional

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