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Jun 13, 2023
The Toro Company names new general counsel
Joanna Totsky is joining The Toro Company (TTC) as vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary, effective June 19. Totsky is moving to TTC from Cooper-Standard Holdings, which supplies automotive and industrial companies, where she most recently was senior vice president, chief legal and transformation officer and corporate secretary. She has been a member of the leadership team at Cooper-Standard Holdings, with involvement in key strategic and operation...
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Jun 08, 2023
Univar Solutions recruits new general counsel
Chemical company Univar Solutions has appointed Alexandra Colin as general counsel, effective July 1. In her new role, Colin will also lead global compliance and enterprise risk management programs for the company. She is joining Univar Solutions having previously been associate general counsel for personal care in North America for the Kimberly-Clark Corporation. Her earlier experience includes holding associate general counsel positions at Baxter Healthcare Corpor...
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Jun 07, 2023
Lobbying proposal attracts strong support at McDonald’s AGM
Shareholders narrowly missed approving a proposal on McDonald’s lobbying activities at the company’s recent AGM amid a continued focus on US companies’ political involvement. The proposal, filed by the SOC Investment Group, asked for an annual report disclosing: The McDonald’s policy and procedures governing direct and indirect lobbying and grassroots lobbying communications Payments made by the company used for direct or indirect lobby...
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Jun 06, 2023
UGI finds next general counsel
UGI Corporation has hired Kathleen Shea Ballay as general counsel and chief legal officer, effective June 12. She will succeed Monica Gaudiosi, who is retiring as UGI’s vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary. Gaudiosi will remain with the company until mid-July to help with the transition. Shea Ballay most recently was general counsel, secretary and chief compliance officer at Lotus Midstream, an independent energy company focused on develo...
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Jun 05, 2023
Amazon to take lead in generative AI, CEO tells investors
Amazon expects to be the next leader in generative artificial intelligence (AI), according to CEO Andy Jassy. Speaking to shareholders at the firm’s virtual AGM on May 24, Jassy told investors the company is at the very early stages of using generative AI and expects it to offer ‘high potential’ to both customers and the business. Over the last nine months there had been a new inflection point for generative AI within Amazon, Jassy remarked. ‘It’s still ve...
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Jun 02, 2023
Governance Matters podcast: How HPE’s legal team uses virtual reality, and working with IR on stewardship engagement
Virtual reality (VR) has yet to become a commonplace tool for in-house legal and governance teams, but Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) is taking the opening steps in what could well be an exciting journey. ‘We find that VR offers this immense opportunity to eliminate what we call distance bias,’ Kyle Frankeny, senior counsel with HPE, tells Corporate Secretary in the latest episode of the ...
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Jun 01, 2023
Plastics proposal gains support at owner of KFC and Pizza Hut
More than a third of votes at the recent AGM of Yum! Brands – whose portfolio includes KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell – supported a shareholder proposal seeking a report on efforts to reduce plastics use. According to an SEC filing, 36.9 percent of votes cast at the May 18 meeting backed a proposal filed by As You Sow asking that Yum! Brands’ board issue a report ‘describing how the company will reduce its plastics use by shifting away from single-use packagin...
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