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ACC Board Members on Joining the Board

ACC Board Members at the 2019 ACC Annual Meeting, pictured from left to right: Front: Jan Alonzo, director; Mike Madden, treasurer; Adrian Goss, secretary; Jo Anne Schwendinger, vice-chair; Anneliese Reinhold, chair; Russ Dempsey, director; Lily Hughes, director; and Liz Walker, director.

Back: Cristina Gonzalez, director; Melissa Kennedy, director; Renee Benjamin, director; Robert Falk, director; Sara Hall, director; Jeffrey Wheeler, director; Tracy Preston, director; Ed Paulis, director; Monica Palko, director; Scott Taylor, director; and Rodolfo Rivera, director. 

Not pictured: Simon Fish, immediate-past chair; Sharon Barner, director; Donny Ching, director; Maria Varsellona, director; and Naveen Raju, director.


At ACC’s 2019 Annual Meeting in Phoenix, AZ, five new members were welcomed onto the board of directors. In taking on this new role, ACC Docket asked them to tell our members what they hope to bring to the in-house profession and to the organization. Here’s what they had to say:

 

Donny Ching

Donny Ching

Legal Director

Royal Dutch Shell Plc

“I have long been an admirer of ACC as an organization that truly helps in-house lawyers become more effective business partners through a breadth of services and programs that are unparalleled. I am therefore excited and honored to have the opportunity to contribute to this agenda as an ACC board member. As someone who has worked across the world, I hope to bring my collective experience and insights to further the excellent work that has been done by the ACC across the globe.”


Cristina Gonzalez

Cristina Gonzalez

Chief Legal Officer

Staples Inc.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to serve on ACC’s board of directors. For me, it is an opportunity to give back to an organization that has helped my own professional development and growth. I hope to continue to build its mission for the future by providing best-in-class resources, educational programming, advocacy, and support for in-house counsel everywhere in the world.”


Melissa Kennedy

Melissa Kennedy

EVP, Chief Legal Officer, and Public Affairs

Sun Life Financial Inc.

“I am delighted about joining the ACC board. ACC is a very important organization for the in-house bar and provides exemplary resources and services that, from my experience, are unsurpassed. I am excited about contributing to the international profile of ACC and passionate about promoting diversity and inclusiveness in the legal profession. The in-house community enjoys a unique ability to connect, collaborate, and communicate that is not matched in the private bar, and I look forward to participating in our community.”


Ed Paulis

Ed Paulis

VP, Senior Assistant General Counsel

Zurich North America Group

“ACC’s varied programs and offerings are an incredible resource for in-house counsel and have been of immeasurable value to me on my career path. I look forward to encouraging the engagement of existing members with ACC and contributing to the development of ACC’s strategy moving forward.”


Scott Taylor

Scott Taylor

EVP, General Counsel, and Secretary

Symantec

“It is an honor to join the ACC’s board of directors; I look forward to working with my peers to support the mission of the ACC by fostering professionalism, education, and networking among in-house counsel globally. The programs and resources that the ACC provides play a key role in enabling a broad spectrum of in-house counsel to learn and grow from their shared experiences. I hope and expect that my service on the ACC board will also help me in my professional development.”



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