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Insights into the Role of the Modern GC and Succession

A recent report by BarkerGilmore and Chief Executive Group found that CEOs are wanting more from their GCs. They want them to step up and add value at every possible turn. We spoke to A.B. Cruz III, Senior Advisor with BarkerGilmore and former GC and Chief Legal Officer, about how acting GCs should respond to these findings and how they may be utilized to their advantage.

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Study Finds CEOs Want More from Their GCs. How Should GCs Respond?

In a recent report by BarkerGilmore and Chief Executive Group, 70% of CEOs described their ideal GC as one who acts as a strategic business partner and is a valued member of the leadership team. However, although the GC role is viewed in most cases as an integral member of the executive leadership team, a majority of CEOs surveyed feel their GCs are falling short when it comes to their actually being a contributing strategic business partner. The report’s findings indicate that CEOs want their GCs to step up, raise their game, and add greater value to the senior management team dynamic.

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The Top Ways GCs are Adapting and Reacting to the Pandemic

We at BarkerGilmore sincerely hope you, your family, and your team are well despite the health crisis upon us. After speaking with many General Counsel across the country this past week, we have gained a clear understanding and appreciation for the tireless efforts and pragmatic decisions being made to keep employees safe and businesses moving forward. Below is a summary of these conversations, offering up best practices, lessons learned, and direct insights on how these unprecedented times have impacted the legal and business communities.

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Meet Senior Advisor, Noah Hanft, former General Counsel, Corporate Secretary and Chief Franchise Officer for MasterCard Worldwide

Noah Hanft most recently served as the General Counsel, Corporate Secretary and Chief Franchise Officer for MasterCard Worldwide. In addition to overseeing law, regulatory affairs, public policy, and compliance, he managed the Law & Franchise Integrity consolidated business unit of over 500 global employees with responsibility for licensing, franchise management, global diversity, philanthropy, corporate, and information security.

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Strategies for Paying and Retaining Top General Counsel: Webinar Recording

Our recent webinar showcased an expert panel discussing how growth in responsibilities and influence impacts recruitment and pay for top legal talent, based on findings from the new Equilar and BarkerGilmore report, General Counsel Pay Trends. Click here to access the WEBINAR RECORDING, and to review the REPORT.

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Top Seven Skills Required by Direct Reports to the General Counsel

Change. Transformation. Disruption. Innovation. Today’s buzzwords ring throughout corporate America. Yet these terms aptly describe what I experienced as a long-tenured general counsel in a company that transitioned from wholly-owned to private, to a company owned by the federal government, and finally a public company. I served under five different CEOs and a board of directors that turned over at least four times, each of the entities requiring a different set of skills. Facing numerous changes and challenges, I knew that one constant would ensure success: surrounding myself with a great in-house legal team. To build a good team, I created this checklist to review when hiring or promoting direct reports.

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