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CCO Retention: Still Not All About the Money

What does it take to keep your Chief Compliance Officer (CCO) when the pressure is on? In 2014, I interviewed CCOs and presented my findings in an article published in Ethisphere magazine. Back then it was clear that having CEO and board level buy-in for ethics and compliance programs was the key reason CCOs remained engaged and were able to retain the best and brightest within their compliance departments. That’s all still true today along with some well-deserved recognition and increased visibility for the best-of-the-best in the CCO seat.


Executive Coaching for Legal & Compliance Leaders: Webinar Recording

Our recent webinar showcased an expert panel discussing how executive coaching can significantly enhance the performance of legal and compliance leaders. Click here to access the WEBINAR RECORDING and review the SLIDES.


In Case You Missed It: 14 Top Mistakes Made by New In-House Counsel

In case you missed it, I am giving you another chance to read this blog from last year. The content provided by top GCs has proven to resonate with law departments of all sizes and set a record number of views. And, as it turns out, lawyers love to learn from others’ mistakes.

After reading and writing many articles on best practices for in-house counsel and compliance officers, I decided to look at development from a different angle. My father impressed upon me to learn from my mistakes, and from the mistakes of others. This is the first of a multi-part article addressing the most common mistakes made by lawyers new to becoming in-house counsel — mistakes often made by seasoned in-house veterans, too — and ideal development action items.


Experience The GC & CCO Advantage: Meet Advisor Helen Pudlin, Former PNC Financial Services Group’s EVP and General Counsel

Helen Pudlin most recently served PNC Financial Services Group, one of the largest diversified financial institutions in the U.S., as its Executive Vice President and General Counsel. Leading the legal team for over 18 years and managing more than 100 lawyers, she also served as a Member of the Executive Committee at this NYSE publically traded company that provides products and services in the retail, corporate and institutional banking, and asset management businesses. Prior to joining PNC, Helen was a partner at Ballard Spahr LLP, where she represented institutional clients with a range of small to large legal departments. For several years, Helen also has been a Lecturer in Law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where she has co-taught a course called Challenges Facing General Counsel, which addresses the roles and responsibilities of a GC, the qualities of an effective GC, and how they deal with significant challenges. Helen adds her expertise to the strategic counsel, leadership development, succession planning, and other services BarkerGilmore advisors provide to legal and compliance departments, CEOs, and boards across the country.


How to Evaluate the Metrics for Your Search Firm

We are constantly being asked by potential new clients to differentiate BarkerGilmore from our competitors. While it may not seem difficult to find an executive search firm, keep in mind that hiring a firm can be compared to hiring an in-house counsel or compliance officer; it takes a little work and investigation to find the right fit, but it will pay off in the end.


BarkerGilmore Adds Former Dow Corning SVP, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary to Legal Advisory Division

Cornell Boggs, who served as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Dow Corning Corporation, a global leader in silicon-based technology and the world’s largest silicone product producer, has joined the advisory and coaching division of BarkerGilmore, a New York-based boutique executive search firm. The newest member of a distinguished team of Fortune 500 General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officers, Boggs adds his considerable international expertise to the strategic counsel, leadership development, and other services BarkerGilmore advisors provide to legal and compliance departments, CEOs, and boards across the country, including General Counsel recruiting and placement.

In making the announcement, Robert Barker, Managing Partner of BarkerGilmore, said that Boggs’s deep roots in the industrial sector bring even more value to their range of vertical expertise and to the personalized strategies and multi-disciplinary advice they provide to drive their clients’ business. “Cornell is both an accomplished general counsel and an astute business leader with the vision, global experience, leadership, and accountability to assist legal departments in achieving their goals during times of transformation and change, while helping them formulate plans to optimize their organizations and increase revenue.”

In addition to his tenure at Dow Corning Corporation, Boggs served in a variety of industries including Miller Coors LLC/Coors Brewing Company, a leading producer of domestic and imported alcohol beverages, where he was Chief Responsibility and Ethics Officer. While at Tyco Plastics & Adhesives, a $1.74B division of the diversified global company Tyco International Ltd., he was Vice President and General Counsel. Earlier in his career, Boggs was the Americas Regional Counsel for Intel Corporation, a manufacturer of semiconductors and microprocessors for computers, held legal positions at Anheuser-Busch Companies, an American brewer and distributor, and at Monsanto Company, a publicly traded multinational agrochemical and agricultural biotechnology corporation.


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