Comfort Systems USA general counsel moves to ops role

Dec 27, 2018
Laura Howell to take over top legal position

Heating, ventilation and air-conditioning company Comfort Systems USA has appointed Laura Howell as vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary, effective January 1, 2019.

The move will take place at the same time as the transition of Trent McKenna from his current role as senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary to a regional operations role.

Howell has served as the company’s associate general counsel since January 1, 2018 and served as senior counsel for corporate from November 2014 to December 2017. Before joining the company, she was an associate in the corporate department of the Houston office of Latham & Watkins, having started her career as an associate in the corporate department at Fenwick & West.

Comfort Systems president and CEO Brian Lane says in a statement: ‘I want to thank Trent for his leadership and many contributions as Comfort Systems USA’s general counsel for more than 13 years. This has been a planned transition with Trent’s desire to serve in an operating role for the company. I am confident he will be successful in this new role.

‘Laura has been an integral part of the company’s legal team for more than four years. Her experience, judgment and leadership will ensure a smooth transition into her new role as general counsel.’

 

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