Appointments Monthly archive

Jul 30, 2020
Prudential’s general counsel to retire
Tim Harris, executive vice president and general counsel at Prudential Financial, has decided to retire after more than three decades at the company. Ann Kappler, senior vice president, deputy general counsel and head of external affairs, will take on the role of executive vice president and general counsel from September 1. She will report to Prudential chair and CEO Charles Lowrey and will join the company’s executive leadership team. Harris will stay on at Prud...
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Jul 29, 2020
Weatherford appoints general counsel and CCO
Weatherford International has recruited Scott Weatherholt as executive vice president, general counsel and chief compliance officer (CCO). Weatherholt was previously senior vice president and general counsel at Arena Energy and its affiliates, a role in which he had a focus on offshore Gulf of Mexico shelf exploration and production activities. Before that, he was an executive vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary at Midstates Petroleum, where his ...
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Jul 28, 2020
Judges look ahead to Corporate Governance Awards entries
Douglas Chia, president of Soundboard Governance and fellow at the Rutgers Center for Corporate Law and Governance What governance developments do you expect to be most prominent among the 2020 entries? The Covid-19 pandemic has changed the landscape for the entire world, including corporate governance. This should have a huge impact on the 2020 entries in terms of how companies and their boards are facing the unprecedented ch...
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Jul 28, 2020
Coca-Cola hires Ford’s general counsel
Ford Motor Company veteran Bradley Gayton will join The Coca-Cola Company on September 1 as senior vice president and general counsel. Gayton is moving to Coca-Cola having spent almost 30 years at Ford, where he was most recently group vice president, chief administrative officer and general counsel. He has been a member of the senior management team and was responsible for sustainability, environment and safety engineering, corporate services, global shared service...
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Jul 23, 2020
Poseida Therapeutics hires general counsel and CCO
Poseida Therapeutics, which launched its IPO on Nasdaq earlier this month, has hired Harry Leonhardt as general counsel and chief compliance officer (CCO). Leonhardt was most recently senior vice president, general counsel, CCO, corporate secretary and a member of the executive committee at Halozyme Therapeutics. Before working at Halozyme, he was senior vice president for legal and compliance, corporate secretary and a member of the executive committee at Amylin Ph...
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Jul 22, 2020
USAA recruits new CLO
USAA has hired Bob Johnson as chief legal officer and general counsel, reporting to CEO Wayne Peacock. Johnson joins USAA from Truist Financial Corporation – created by a merger last year between BB&T Corporation and SunTrust Banks – where he was general counsel for corporate, commercial and legal shared services. He succeeds Deneen Donnley, who announced her retirement from USAA in September 2019. Johnson was formerly general counsel at BB&T for ...
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Jul 15, 2020
Aptar recruits general counsel
Kimberly Chainey will join NYSE-listed AptarGroup as executive vice president and global general counsel, effective July 27. She was most recently vice president and general counsel with Panasonic Avionics Corporation. According to Aptar, Chainey has more than 15 years of international and domestic experience advising C-suite executives and boards of directors of Global 100 and Fortune 500 companies, venture companies and government entities. She has held pro...
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Jul 13, 2020
Merck hires general counsel for spin-off business
Kenilworth, New Jersey-based Merck has picked Deborah Telman to be the general counsel of Organon & Co, its intended spin-off of the company’s women’s health, legacy brands and bio-similars businesses. The company describes the appointment of a general counsel as an ‘important milestone’ in preparations for Organon & Co to operate independently. The spin-off transaction is scheduled for completion in the first half of 2021. In her new role, Te...
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Jul 09, 2020
Akcea recruits CCO
Nasdaq-listed Akcea Therapeutics has hired Tracy Palmer Berns as chief compliance officer (CCO). In her new position, Berns is responsible for Akcea’s compliance program, with a focus on policy development and training. She also works with other members of the executive team to offer strategic counsel regarding the development of business goals and compliance matters concerning the company’s commercial products and investigational therapies. Boston-based ...
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