Franklin explains that emotional intelligence was pivotal to success. “There was a huge amount of emphasis on the people side of things both during the integration planning phase and during the integration itself,” she says.
Since its inception, corporate social responsibility (CSR), has been derided as window-dressing for corporations that are eager to keep regulators off their case. Often under the purview of in-house counsel, CSR is beginning 2018 with a bang with the news that Laurence D. Fink, the chief executive of BlackRock, sent a letter to business leaders urging them that they need to do more than make profits — they need to help their communities as well.
“That job started me on my current path. I got more in touch with who I am and who I wanted to be,” Karas says. She thinks more women need to take that uncertain leap and not worry about where they might land.
With more than 20 years of in-house legal and business experience, including at well-known brands like Accenture and Visa, Marina Gracias is relishing her relatively new role as general counsel and corporate secretary of Varo Money.
Eleanor Lacey looks to impact her company in more ways than just legal. She considers herself a strong advocate for family friendly policies. After working in-house for over 30 years, she reflected on why she loves being a general counsel.
The gray areas, and navigating through them, are what Patrick Kong finds most interesting about his job. As general counsel and head of compliance for Chubb, the world’s largest publicly traded insurer, he is constantly looking for gray areas and figuring out the best way forward.
Today, Allison Despard is the general counsel of labor and employment in the Asia Pacific region for Honeywell International, Inc., an American conglomerate that produces all kinds of products — from home thermostats to fluorine chemicals to turbo engines — and sells them to individuals, governments, and large corporations.
It’s hard to imagine someone better prepared for a generalist role in Asia than Deborah Vaughn. But she never set out with a formal plan to become Whirlpool’s chief legal officer of Asia Pacific. She says she simply moved from each position in “a natural progression.”
Matt Nolan likes a good opportunity. He’ll rarely turn it down. That’s how he went from the 38,000-person town of Muskegon, Michigan, which is on the eastern shore of Lake Michigan, to the 24 million-person metropolis of Shanghai.
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Matt Nolan likes a good opportunity. He’ll rarely turn it down. That’s how he went from the 38,000-person town of Muskegon, Michigan, which is on the eastern shore of Lake Michigan, to the 24 million-person metropolis of Shanghai. Nolan is Dow Corning’s manager of governance and compliance for Greater China.
Papanikitas was also drawn to the opportunity to join a new, lean legal team that tackles the broad range of legal challenges that Kimberly-Clark Australia encounters. He insists that every day is different because of that wide range of legal issues.