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OUR ORIGIN STORY
The $20M fraud at the origin of Whispli
Back in 2012, Sylvain Mansotte, our CEO, received the call from the newly appointed Chief Procurement Officer of a large Australian based construction company to assist in building a new function. He jumped at the chance, and one of his first priorities was to understand his new employer’s third party spend profile.
Within 2 months, Sylvain had uncovered a $20M fraud that spanned 12 years and led to the perpetrator – a finance executive with 30 years of experience in the company – admitting to the crime, and ultimately being sentenced to 15 years in prison.
Although he was promoted in his organization, Sylvain couldn’t stop thinking how his experience as a whistleblower could have been better.
He was initially reluctant to approach any of his colleagues, and did not feel confident speaking to the third-party organization appointed by the company because it would compromise the anonymity he felt necessary.
His French accent, he believed, was a giveaway and would have the unwelcome consequence of identifying him.
In 2016, he left the company he was working for and he decided to build a better solution, that’s how Whispli was born:
A secure and anonymous two-way communication platform used not just for corporate whistleblowing, but for reporting sexual harassment and bullying in schools and universities.
As the only platform on the market built by a whistleblower, Whispli has a unique understanding of what is at stake and the importance of protecting the organization and the whistleblower.