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

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Hiring Compliance Officers: Five Things to Ask Every Candidate

The demand for compliance officers continues to grow and it seems there is no end in sight for at least the next decade. In addition to increased demand, companies are looking for compliance leaders who can leverage technology to get to the root of potential issues quickly and efficiently. The position requires a multi-faceted skill set, industry-specific expertise, and a firm grasp of technology-enabled monitoring and reporting tools.

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The General Counsel Interview – Tips to Get to the Finish Line

The agony of defeat is tough for anyone to swallow, especially for the top lawyers we work with who are driven to win. Not making it past the first round of interviews in a general counsel search is frustrating. Coming in second place and not reaching the finish line is even more painful. Your life has been on hold for months; your vacation days have evaporated; and now you must inform your family and confidants that you were not the chosen one. You might ask yourself if it was all worth it, and the answer is, simply, YES! Having spoken to thousands of general counsels, no one has ever expressed regret over the path it took to achieve the top leadership position in their law department and there are thousands more striving to take on the challenge.

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Experience The GC & CCO Advantage: Meet Gjon Nivica, Jr., former SVP and General Counsel of Celanese Corporation

Gjon Nivica, Jr. most recently served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Celanese Corporation, a Fortune 500 global technology and specialty materials company based in Dallas, Texas. Prior to his tenure at Celanese, he was Vice President and General Counsel, Transportation Systems, at Honeywell International, a Fortune 100 multinational conglomerate providing products and technologies for aerospace, automotive, clean energy, and safety and security solutions. Serving for more than 20 years as a general counsel executive, Gjon has been valued as a strategic business partner to senior management and boards of directors.

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Seven Important Selection Criteria for Hiring In-House Counsel

When it comes time to hire, what are the most important criteria to use when selecting someone who will thrive in your organization? While credentials, work experience, and great references are important, they only scratch the surface of hiring the ideal candidate. What else should you consider when making the final hiring decision? To answer this question, I surveyed successful GCs from multiple industries across the country for their perspectives. A special thanks to those who shared their insights for this article. Read on for some of their tried-and-true evaluation metrics.

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Experience The GC & CCO Advantage: Meet Marla Persky, former SVP, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary at Boehringer Ingelheim USA

Marla Persky most recently served as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary at Boehringer Ingelheim USA, one of the world’s 20 leading pharmaceutical companies. A key member of the executive management team reporting to the CEO, Marla was a director of the company and several of its subsidiaries and oversaw a 70+ person department with responsibility for legal, environmental, health and safety, and information, governance and security, with a budget of over $100M.

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Thirteen Favorite In-House Counsel Interview Questions

One of the most important responsibilities of a General Counsel and other managing counsel is building a team. Get it right and you will have a team that delivers significant value to the organization. Get it wrong and the negative impact on your productivity and reputation can be significant.

As an executive search consultant, my job is to deliver a diverse slate of exceptional candidates who all have the qualifications necessary to meet the needs of the role, and, as best as possible, the personality that will fit within the culture of the organization. Once I have presented the candidates to my client, it is then their responsibility to interview and ultimately select who they want to hire.

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