Oliver Jaberg was driving to FIFA’s headquarters when high-ranking football officials were arrested by Swiss authorities in 2015. Ever since, he has worked to help rebuild trust in FIFA and the organization’s credibility, as well as building out a best-in-class compliance program.
Klinger admits that working virtually is far from her preferred mode of work and for her, it is important to honestly convey the challenges she faces in navigating the current situation with her global team to also give them the freedom to express their own challenges and find common solutions together.
Tony West doesn’t run away from a crisis; he heads toward it. The first executive hire by newly installed Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi, West was given a mandate as chief legal officer to transform a company that had developed a reputation for winning at all costs into one committed to transparency and safety.
If the opportunity to head the legal department at a company that runs one of the most iconic western consumer brands in China didn’t arise last year, Joseph Chan would likely be thinking about how to spend his retirement after a successful career as a partner in a major US law firm.
When Michael Eckhardt joined Wawa in 2005 from a law firm, the firm’s partners teased him that he would soon get bored being an in-house lawyer for a coffee-and-hoagie shop. Fifteen years later, he can confidently say they couldn’t have been more wrong.
Shannon Klinger, the group general counsel of Novartis International AG, a Swiss multinational pharmaceutical company, has opened nearly every virtual meeting since Novartis took the decision to ask its associates to work from home in light of the COVID-19 pandemic — including this interview — with an earnest question: how are you doing?
When Darren Zeidel completed law school at McGill University in Quebec, he knew he had a passion to participate in some of the most significant opportunities the corporate legal profession could offer. Fast forward to July 2019, when he stepped into his current position at Aon plc following several other impressive roles, and it would appear his younger self steered him well.
“The most exciting thing about working for Infosys is its global footprint,” exclaims Inderpreet Sawhney, the company’s group general counsel and chief compliance officer. Infosys, which provides IT services and solutions, is based in Bangalore and has over 200,000 employees in 46 countries, nearly 20,000 of whom work on its main campus.
Leaders have an obligation to offer opportunities to people, and the onus is on leadership to continue to provide those opportunities when other priorities, such as a child, alter a parent’s career path. And the only way that can happen is if there is truly open communication between leaders and those they lead.
Most lawyers regard the general counsel role as the pinnacle of an in-house career. The path to GC varies by individual and company, of course. For Wolf Frenkel, the general counsel of professional and technology management at consulting firm BearingPoint, headquartered in Amsterdam, the journey to the top of the in-house profession hasn’t been a straight climb up the rungs of a professional ladder.
As executive vice president and general counsel for Minnesota-based CHS, a Fortune 100 company with a unique farmer-owned cooperative structure, Jim Zappa's approach has proved effective as he helps America’s rural farmers run their farms and businesses.
Leslie Thornton, the recently retired senior vice president and merger transition counsel for WGL Holdings and Washington Gas Light Company, has had the same mandates as most high-profile general counsel. She has navigated and managed major litigation, employment and labor law matters, supported the board of directors, and dealt with complex cybersecurity issues and data protection, all while being cognizant of what that means in the energy industry.
Bamlango admits that he didn’t know exactly what he was in for until he started the job. He tried to prepare and anticipate the role, but the reality is different than what he imagined, he says. He has a particularly strategic role, which is bolstered by his close relationship with the CEO.
There are three things that motivate Carol DiBattiste: challenges, people, and the mission. She found all three when she joined comScore, the media measurement and analytics company based in Reston, Virginia, in January 2017.
Naturally, patents figure prominently into the business strategy, and Haas’ legal department involves itself more and more in strategic discussions to be able to focus on patents that deliver business solutions.
Confidence can be an asset. Imagine being confident enough to turn down a plum post-clerkship signing bonus, move to a foreign country with a loose grasp of the local culture and languages, and be the only overseas attorney interviewing for the first lawyer position for a hot Singaporean startup.
Four years ago, in 2014, Yusuf Mohamed was at a crossroads in his career. He was planning to join a law firm for the first time when he saw a LinkedIn post: Tesla, Inc. was looking for employment counsel. He decided to submit his resume, thinking it was a moonshot. At the time, Tesla had 10,000 employees and its prior employment lawyer had recently left the company.
An Elvis publicity stunt is part of the ACC Law Department Management (LDM) Committee’s larger strategy to draw attention to its ever-important mission and showcases its focus of combining timely, useful content with a healthy dose of fun. Stephen Roth worked closely with immediate Past-Chair Matt Nolan to craft a social media strategy that could drive membership growth.