Faulkner Law Alumnus Steers Compliance Efforts of Major Telecom Corporation

matt-bellChinese telecommunications giant  ZTE Corp., the fourth largest smartphone vendor in the United States, recently reached agreement with the U.S. government concerning its past conduct relating to U.S. export controls and sanctions. Dr. Zhao Xianming, who was named Chairman and CEO of ZTE Corporation in 2016, was directed to correct compliance issues that plagued the company in the past. “ZTE…remains committed to positive change in the company,” said Dr. Xianming in a statement outlining the reforms the company has implemented. Shortly after taking charge of ZTE Dr. Xianming appointed Faulkner Law alumnus Matt Bell to design and implement the global export compliance program that would be essential to avoiding future non-compliance with international trade practices.

Mr. Bell was appointed as Chief Compliance Officer for ZTE Corp. in 2016 and tasked with developing, implementing, and supervising ZTE’s global export compliance procedures. “ZTE has made tremendous progress in building a world-class compliance program,” said Mr. Bell who has extensive experience developing similar programs for major global corporations.

Mr. Bell is a graduate of Oklahoma Christian University and Faulkner University’s Thomas Goode Jones School of Law. While at Faulkner Law Mr. Bell led the law school’s award winning advocacy program and served on the moot court team that was named as Regional Champion, National Best Brief 2nd Place, and National Quarterfinalist for the 2007-2008 ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition. After graduating from law school Mr. Bell received an LL.M. in International Trade and International Finance at The John Marshall Law School.