Marla Persky

Senior Advisor

Marla retired in 2013 as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for Boehringer Ingelheim USA, where she oversaw a department of over 70 individuals. She also was a member of Boehringer’s executive management team and a director of the company and several of its subsidiaries.

Prior to joining Boehringer Ingelheim, Marla spent 19 years at Baxter International Inc. where she held numerous business and legal positions, the most recent of which was Acting General Counsel and Corporate Secretary. During her career at Baxter, Marla managed global legal services, was General Manager of an international medical device business, led international crisis management teams, acquired and integrated international businesses, and designed/implemented legal strategies to manage global mass torts.

Marla practiced with the Chicago firm of Lurie, Sklar & Simon. Before entering the practice of law, Marla worked in sales and marketing for the Colgate-Palmolive Company.

Marla is currently on the Audit and Strategic Planning Committees of the Board of Directors of YGEIA, a medical technology company. Previously, she served on the Board of Directors of Cytyc Corporation, a NASDAQ traded medical device and diagnostics company. She was also on the Board of Boehringer Ingelheim Corporation, the largest privately owned pharmaceutical company in the world. Marla was a director of Watermark, Inc. a private publisher and broker of children’s literature.

Marla is a frequent speaker on a variety of subjects including: leadership principles, mentoring, diversity, crisis management, and negotiation techniques. She is a graduate of Washington University School of law and Northwestern University.

Expertise

Building High Performance Teams

Effective Reporting to CEO & Board

Outside Counsel Management

Executive Coaching

Confidant for General Counsel & CCO

Leadership for Women & Diverse Talent

Legal & Compliance Department Assessment

Operating Review of Legal & Compliance Teams

New Leader and Team Assimilation

Succession Planning, Assessment & Development

Strategic Advisor Development

Speaking Engagements