If we were to stage a "Best of" show about the year's impact on job prospects, Eliot Spitzer would be a good choice to serve as our affable host. And you, as a compliance professional, would no doubt have a chance to walk up to the stage, collect your trophy, and give the New York Attorney General your personal thanks for improving your job prospects tenfold.

Your job has now moved from the relative obscurity of a support function into the spotlight. You can be sure that any CEO will be interested in your opinions about any aspect of the company's business. Companies cannot afford the financial risk of a compliance failure, but most importantly, they cannot afford the risk to the company's reputation or its relationship with the fund trustees

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