Barnes Group names general counsel successor

Feb 25, 2020
Peter Gutermann to retire at the end of March

Bristol, Connecticut-based Barnes Group is promoting James Pelletier to become senior vice president, general counsel and secretary, effective April 1.

In his new role, Pelletier will be the chief legal adviser to the company’s senior leadership team, chair and board of directors. He will also oversee and supervise all legal matters affecting the company, including general corporate matters, M&A, corporate governance and SEC compliance.

Pelletier joined Barnes Group in 2015 and is at present deputy general counsel for Barnes Group and segment general counsel for Barnes Aerospace. Before working at the company, he held a variety of positions at Pratt & Whitney and GE Aviation. Earlier in his career he worked in the office of the general counsel at the US Department of Commerce as an attorney adviser within the Bureau of Industry and Security, having previously been an associate with law firm Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe.

Pelletier will succeed Peter Gutermann, who will retire from Barnes Group at the end of March. According to the company, he will continue to serve in his current capacity to support an orderly transition to Pelletier.

Barnes Group is a global provider of engineered products and services to the aerospace, transportation, manufacturing, automation, healthcare and packaging industries.

‘After a successful 35-year career in the legal profession, Peter has indicated his desire to spend more time with his family. I’d like to thank [him] for his leadership and many contributions to the company and wish him well in his retirement and future endeavors,’ president and CEO Patrick Dempsey says in a statement.

‘I would like to congratulate Jim on his appointment and look forward to working with him in his new role to support the continued transformation of the company. As a key counselor and contributor to the company, Jim is well positioned to assume the role of senior vice president, general counsel and secretary.’

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