In-house career changes

Notable moves in the corporate legal world

GC Appointments

Michael Dillon was named senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary of Adobe Systems Inc. He has more than 25 years of corporate legal experience, notably as the general counsel and corporate secretary at both Silver Spring Networks and Sun Microsystems. Dillon replaces Karen Cottle, who is retiring from the GC spot after a decade.

Michael Harrington was named general counsel and senior vice president of Eli Lilly & Co., effective Jan. 1, 2013. Harrington most recently served as the pharmaceutical company’s deputy general counsel and vice president. Since joining the company in 1991, he also has held a number of legal and business positions, including general counsel for Asia-Pacific operations, managing director of Eli Lilly New Zealand and deputy general counsel.

Avon Products Inc. named Jeff Benjamin senior vice president and general counsel. Benjamin has more than 40 years of legal experience, most recently at Novartis Corp. and its predecessor company, Ciba-Geigy Corp., where he held various legal positions, including that of general counsel. Between 1997 and his 2011 retirement, Benjamin was Novartis’ chief ethics and compliance officer and chair of its ethics and compliance committee.

Peter Lurie joined Leap Motion, a motion control software and hardware company, as general counsel and senior vice president of business development. Lurie previously was a senior vice president at American Express Co., where he oversaw online and mobile commerce partnerships. He also is a co-founder of Virgin Mobile USA, a pay-as-you-go wireless company.

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