Frank Fernandez

Senior Advisor

Frank formerly served as Executive Vice President, Secretary and General Counsel for The Home Depot, Inc., (Fortune #28 in 2016) where he was responsible for all legal functions worldwide, and served as legal counsel for the Company’s CEO and Board of Directors. During his tenure he established the Company’s new Corporate Governance Standards under Sarbanes-Oxley and implemented a worldwide Corporate Compliance Program. Frank was also responsible for the Company’s Government Affairs, Risk Management, Corporate Security and Aviation functions.

Prior to joining The Home Depot, Frank served as Managing Partner of the law firm Fernandez, Burstein, Tuczinski & Collura in Albany, New York. During this time period he also served as a faculty member of the University of Albany’s School of Business, and served as the Director of the Masters Program in Taxation. Prior to attending law school, Frank was a Certified Public Accountant with Deloitte, Haskins & Sells in New York City where his primary responsibility was the audit of publicly held companies.

Frank is a member of the American Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He has previously served on the Legal Advisory Committee to the New York Stock Exchange, the Dean’s Advisory Committee at New York University School of Law, and as a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees of Albany Law School. Frank is the Founder and Chairman of Keenan’s Kids, Inc., a charitable foundation devoted to providing food and nutrition to indigent children throughout the world. Frank earned his BBA from St. Bonaventure University, his JD from Albany Law School, and his LL.M. in Taxation from New York University School of Law.

Expertise

Annual Capital & Resources Planning

Compliance & Ethics Programs

Corporate Secretary Function & Governance

Digitization of The Legal & Compliance Function

Effective Reporting to CEO & Board

Establishing Performance & Reporting Metrics

Operating Review of Legal & Compliance Teams

Legal & Compliance Structure & Development

On-Boarding Processes for Acquired Companies

Outside Counsel Management

Executive Coaching

Confidant for General Counsel & CCO

Executive Search

Interim Assignments