Appointments Archive

Jan 04, 2011
Most corporate secretaries and in-house counsel have seen workloads increase recently, and many have made some outstanding contributions to their companies, but few have had the year that Carol Ward experienced in 2010. When she and her team were tasked with leading the legal and governance aspects of the acquisition of UK confectionery company Cadbury, they found themselves immersed in many months of varying regulatory frameworks and differing shareholder cultures ...
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Jan 04, 2011
Intel has a broad and robust shareholder communications program, but it was the company’s online outreach and tools that mostimpressed the judges this year. Intel’s virtual annual meeting, performed in conjunction with a small in-person event, was impressive. By conducting the meeting in the dual format the firm was able to achieve broader participation and voting, especially amonggeographically diverse retail investors.Participation and voting may h...
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Jan 03, 2011
Writing a proxy statement is never an easy task. Writing one that manages to be a highly functional and compliant legal document as well as an effective communication tool is next to impossible. As difficult as it might be, however, the team at UnitedHealth managed to pull it off and was presented with the top honor for best proxy statement at the 2010 Corporate Governance Awards. In the eyes of the judging panel, UnitedHealth had possibly the most substantive compe...
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Jan 03, 2011
For Steven Shapiro, general counsel at Cole Taylor Bank and winner of this year’s award for governance professional of the year in the small to mid-cap category, ‘educating and listening are the keys to success.’ Shapiro takes a slightly unusual approach when coordinating activities within his department. ‘Counseling on the law is like teaching, and I am always teaching my colleagues about the law and corporategovernance,’ he points out. A pio...
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Dec 30, 2010
This year’s Corporate Governance Award for the most innovative CSR disclosure policy went to Timberland for its unique approach to social and environmental performance. Timberland’s policy includes an innovative ‘reporting suite’ that provides the company with the opportunity to link its CSR performance management functions to its financial review calendar, a mechanism that allows it to review its CSR performance in the same manner as its financial balance sheet....
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Dec 29, 2010
We took a fresh look at our governance practices and adopted a no-holds-barred approach in terms of evaluating where we felt improvements were necessary or advisable,’ explains Brady Long, general counsel and corporate secretary at Pride International.Perhaps the most pressing issue was the low level of support the board of directors attracted at the 2009 annual shareholder meeting: the CEO received only 47 percent of votes cast; other directors got between 55 perc...
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Dec 23, 2010
  Hart joined the company on December 15 and is responsible for managing the company’s legal affairs worldwide, reporting directly to president and chief executive officer Jeff Smisek. He replaces Tom Sabatino, who has resigned from United. Hart joins the company from Sara Lee, where he served as executive vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary and directed global legal operations for the company. Prior to Sara Lee, he was a partner with S...
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Dec 22, 2010
Aileen Cronin has been appointed as managing director of privacy and security and associate general counsel. She also has responsibility for the 
company’s environmental affairs and business continuity programs. Cronin, who previously led the company’s data privacy, corporate security and records management programs, has been an employee of Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air for 12 years. Cronin earned a bachelor’s degree in 
communications from the University of Ca...
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Dec 22, 2010
Julie McGehee, vice president of compensation and benefits, now takes on the 
additional role of corporate secretary. As such she is responsible for 
coordinating all activities of the full board and its committees, facilitating interaction between directors and senior management, and managing 
the annual shareholders meeting. Meanwhile, vice president and 
general counsel David Giles has been named chief ethics officer. In this 
new position he takes on a...
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