Our Management

Ronnie Kann

Chief Executive Officer

Patricia J. Harned, Ph.D. Chief Executive Officer Dr. Patricia J. Harned is chief executive officer (CEO) of the Ethics & Compliance Initiative (ECI). Dr. Harned oversees ECI’s research agenda and its networking and conference events. She also directs outreach efforts to policymakers and federal enforcement agencies in Washington, D.C., and speaks and writes frequently as an expert on ethics in the workplace, corporate governance and global integrity. Dr. Harned advises CEOs and directors on effective ways to build an ethical culture and promote integrity in organizational activities.

Dr. Harned has served as a consultant to many leading organizations, including Penn State University, BP and the New York Stock Exchange. She has testified before Congress and the U.S. Sentencing Commission. Dr. Harned has been featured in media outlets including the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, USA Today and CNN, and has appeared on the “Diane Rehm Show.” She was selected by Ethisphere Magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics in 2014, and was named one of the Top 100 Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business Behavior in both 2010 and 2011 by the non-profit organization Trust Across America.

Dr. Harned holds a Bachelor of Science in education degree from Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania, a Master of Education degree from Indiana University and a Doctorate in the Philosophy of education from the University of Pittsburgh.

Ronnie Kann

Executive Vice President, Research & Program Development

Ronnie Kann joined ECI in July 2015 as executive vice president of research and program development. Prior to ECI, Kann worked for CEB (formerly The Corporate Executive Board), a best practice insight and technology company. He held a variety of senior management roles across CEB’s businesses, serving chief compliance and ethics officers, general counsel, chief human resource officers, chief audit executives and chief risk officers, bringing a cross-functional approach to research. Over the last 10 years, he played a leading role in growing the CEB Compliance and Ethics Leadership Council from its early days to a multi-million dollar business, garnering its recognition as a global thought leader in compliance and ethics. His teams were twice awarded CEB’s highest research award, “Force of Ideas.”

Kann’s expertise in compliance and ethics has been featured by The Sunday Times, Financial Management, Human Resource Executive, Journal of Business Compliance, Treasury & Risk, Compliance & Ethics Professional and Ethisphere Magazine. He is a member of the World’s Most Ethical Companies Methodology Advisory Panel and also speaks at industry conferences such as Compliance Week and the Global Ethics Summit.

Kann is a former trial attorney for the United States Department of Justice, Civil Division, and also served as an adjunct faculty member at the Catholic University Columbus School of Law, both in Washington, D.C. Kann clerked for a federal judge after law school and worked at national law firms in New York and Boston. Kann holds an A.B. from Princeton University and a J.D. from the Duke University School of Law.

Ronnie Kann

Senior Vice President, Operations & Events 

As senior vice president of ECI, Moira McGinty Klos ensures that ECI offers custom, quality services to each and every client. In addition, she oversees the financial management, strategic planning, technology infrastructure and human resources functions. McGinty Klos joined the Ethics Resource Center (ERC) in October 1995, serving first as its director of advisory services, and more recently as director of operations. With her long-standing history with the ERC, McGinty Klos is often called in to manage additional areas that currently include development, board relations and communications.

Before joining the ERC, McGinty Klos was employed by Ethics, Inc., the ethics consulting firm founded by former ERC President, Michael Daigneault. Ethics, Inc. provided ethics training and consulting to the business, legal, association and government communities. McGinty Klos served as operations manager and senior consultant, was a shareholder in the two-person company and was responsible for all aspects of company business from financial management and logistics planning to the creation of materials and client services. She also assisted the organization in the preparation and execution of all written materials, often co-authoring and editing articles with Daigneault. McGinty Klos was the primary point of contact for all Ethics, Inc. clients including United Way of America, American Hospital Association and the Environmental Industry Associations.

After graduating from Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg, Va. in 1983 with a double major in business administration and dramatic arts, McGinty Klos began her career as the front office manager of the Old Town Holiday Inn in Alexandria, Va. Most recent to her position with Ethics, Inc., McGinty Klos operated a sole proprietorship while earning her Master in Public Administration with a sole concentration in policy analysis in 1992 from George Mason University.