Bragging Right: Columbia Sportswear GC puts legal and journalistic skills to the test

Peter Bragdon

Q: What do you do as GC?

A: We have four lawyers in-house--one based in Europe and three here. I have a group that does global customs and trade; another that handles labor and human rights. We also work on community affairs and real estate.

Q: What is the most challenging part
of your job?

A: The foreign law and the intersection between different jurisdictions. You can't just deal with one country's laws without dealing with another country's laws. When the U.S. required companies to have a hot line under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, there were aspects of French law that made it very difficult to do that in accordance with both countries' laws. You have to be able to spot those things and deal with them.


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