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A Commentary on the GC’s Expanded Role

 

Insights into the Role of the Modern GC and Succession

 

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

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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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Meet Senior Advisor, Michael Williams, Former EVP, CLO and Secretary of Staples, Inc.

Michael Williams most recently served as the Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer & Secretary of Staples, Inc., while the Massachusetts-based company was the largest office product company in the world. He led all legal, compliance, and secretarial functions; managed cybersecurity incident response, trade strategy, and compliance teams; and directed a 65-person in-house legal staff in Asia Pacific, Europe, and North and South America. Prior to his tenure at Staples, Inc., Michael served as Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary at Sony Electronics, Inc., and was responsible for all legal functions for the multibillion-dollar electronics company in the U.S. and Central and South America. Michael adds his 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.

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The 7 Secrets to Keeping Legal Talent Engaged

Lawyers are people too, you know.

It’s a simple premise that yields big results.

In a recent conversation with a few of our Senior Advisors, I was struck by the humanity of Helen Pudlin’s approach to managing and developing legal talent.  Having worked with her as a client before she joined the BarkerGilmore team, I knew Helen was recognized in the workplace for the way she treated others as individuals and ensured they were operating at their best and highest use.

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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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