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As compliance becomes a larger part of the in-house workload, many companies are creating posts devoted exclusively to the task. The newest all-compliance, all-the-time attorney is Elise Kirban, who in June became the chief ethics and compliance officer at Symbol Technologies Inc. The work is nothing new for Kirban: She joined the company, which makes bar code scanners, in 2004 as vice president and deputy counsel for litigation and compliance. Kirban came to Symbol from International Paper Co. (IP), where she had been doing compliance work and antitrust litigation since 1999. At IP, she worked with Peter Lieb, then the company’s deputy general counsel. More than advising In October 2003, Lieb left to become GC at Symbol, and soon afterward he recruited Kirban. “I didn’t report to him while we were at International Paper, but I’ve always respected his judgment,” she said. Prior to going in-house, Kirban spent four years in the antitrust practice group at Alston & Bird of Atlanta and another four at Collier Shannon Scott of Washington. She said part of the reason for the career switch was a desire to help guide a business rather than simply to offer advice. The other part was geographic: Kirban was working in Atlanta and wanted to move back up north. Now she lives in Manhattan and commutes to Symbol’s headquarters in Suffolk County on Long Island. Symbol has been trying to steer through a series of difficulties, including a sagging stock price and restructuring that will cut more than 700 jobs. Last year the company paid $139 million to settle accounting fraud charges. The Securities and Exchange Commission had charged 11 former Symbol executives, including former GC Leonard Goldner, for their roles in the alleged fraud. Former CEO Tomo Razmilovic has since fled the country.

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