CRO Wisdom Episode 17: Debra Zoppy-Hendershott, Guardian Life and Mike Rasmussen, GRC Pundit & Analyst

Business today is a complex web of third-party relationships. Gone are the days when an organization was defined by brick-and-mortar walls and traditional employees. Today’s organization is a nested array of third parties – suppliers, vendors, outsourcers, contractors, consultants, temporary workers, service providers, brokers, agents, intermediaries, partners, and more.

Following a siloed approach with assessments of a few risks provides a limited and quickly stale view of third-party risk, leaving organizations vulnerable to supply chain disruptions. Alternatively, integration of continuous, full-spectrum risk intelligence into existing third-party risk/GRC architecture delivers the continuous 360° situational awareness enterprise-wide resilience requires today.

In this episode of CRO Wisdom, risk leaders Atul Vashistha, CEO, Supply Wisdom, and Debra Zoppy-Hendershott, Head of TPRM & Op Risk Business Resiliency, Guardian Life and Mike Rasmussen, GRC Pundit & Analyst, GRC 20/20 Research discuss:

  • Achieving 360° third-party situational awareness across the enterprise
  • Increasing efficiency and effectiveness from procurement to risk management for improved operational resilience
  • Maximizing the value of your TPR/GRC platform investment


Debra Zoppy-Hendershott

Head of TPRM & Op Risk Business Resiliency

Guardian Life

Debra has over 30 years of experience in the financial services industry focused on resiliency and risk management. Debra heads Guardian’s Third Party Risk Management program and remains an active contributor in the industry to raise awareness and drive the evolution of third party risk. Her focus is to increase the risk management posture and ensure compliance with regulations while without impacting profitability. She is a strategic thinker who delivers results.

Michael Rasmussen

The GRC Pundit

GRC 20/20 Research

Michael Rasmussen is an internationally recognized pundit on governance, risk management, and compliance (GRC) – with specific expertise on the topics of enterprise GRC, GRC technology, corporate compliance, and policy management. With 27+ years of experience, Michael helps organizations improve GRC processes, design and implement GRC architecture, and select technologies that are effective, efficient, and agile. Prior to founding GRC 20/20 Research, Michael was a Vice-President and ’Top Analyst’ at Forrester Research, Inc. Before Forrester, he led the risk/compliance consulting practice at a professional services firm, and prior to that has specific experience managing compliance and risk within commercial organizations.

Atul Vashistha

Chairman & CEO

Supply Wisdom

Atul Vashistha is recognized globally as a leading expert on globalization, governance, and risk. He has authored three best-selling books: The Offshore Nation, Globalization Wisdom and Outsourcing Wisdom. Atul pioneered the global sourcing advisory space in 1999 when he founded Neo Group and is also the founder and Chairman of Supply Wisdom. Founded in 2012 as an early warning service for business disruption risk, today, Supply Wisdom® is the market leading patented real-time and continuous risk intelligence and monitoring solution. Atul serves on the boards of the US Department of Defense Business Board (Vice Chair), IAOP, Shared Assessments, and Zemoga.

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