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New GCs should aim high during their first 90 days on the job

June 5 marks my one-year anniversary as general counsel at Harsco Corp. As I reflect on what has truly been one of the most exciting years of my career, I would like to share steps you can take during your first 90 days as general counsel to guide you on a path to success.

Schedule time with your CEO, board members and fellow executive team members. Establishing good working relationships with your CEO, board and fellow -executive team members is a key component of your success. Schedule an initial meeting with your CEO during your first week on the job to establish your working relationship and your key goals for the next 90 days and beyond. Elicit information regarding areas your CEO will be focusing on and that you can help drive toward success. Also, reach out to your board members (if applicable) and establish one--on-one calls or meetings. Keep your CEO apprised of these outreach efforts and any -follow-up items. Finally, schedule time with your fellow executive team members to better understand their needs and how you can build (or strengthen) a legal team that can address those needs. You are equal parts manager of the legal team, counsel to the CEO and the board, and partner to your executive team members, and you should focus on each role during your first 90 days.

A. Verona Dorch

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