Visa: It’s everywhere you want to be. And where Kelly Mahon Tullier wants to be is at the top of the payment card giant’s legal department. Tullier will be joining Visa on June 16, coming over from her current position as deputy general counsel of PepsiCo. She will serve as deputy GC under current Chief Legal Officer Ellen Richey for a couple of months, and then will transition to being full-time GC on October 1. At that time, Richey will transition to a new position as well: Vice Chairman – Risk and Public Policy. Along with PepsiCo, Tullier has also worked previously in-house as GC of Frito-Lay. “We are thrilled to have Kelly join the Visa team and to create the opportunity for Ellen to guide us through this critical time in the evolution of the payment system,” said Charlie Scharf, Visa’s CEO, in a statement. “Kelly’s extensive global and broad leadership experience will be a great complement to our outstanding legal team.”
With Wall Street still under fire for indiscretions related to the financial crisis, it takes a strong leader to hold up a financial institution’s legal department. For BNY Mellon, that job now falls to J. Kevin McCarthy, who began serving as the company’s GC on April 15. McCarthy previously served as the company’s deputy general counsel since taking that post in 2010. Before that time, he served as GC of financial service firm Cowen Group for three years. McCarthy replaces Jane Sherburne, who left BNY Mellon to pursue other opportunities. “Kevin has deep market knowledge and expertise in our global businesses,” said CEO Gerald L. Hassall in a statement. “He has worked closely with me, our board and senior management on our most critical legal and regulatory matters, and has become a trusted advisor to all of us.”
It’s a first in-house appointment for Susan C. Levy, who will be taking over the general counsel position at Northern Trust Corp. on May 1. Levy comes to Northern Trust from Jenner & Block, where she has served as a managing partner since 2008. While at Jenner, Levy served on the firm’s Policy Committee and chaired the firm’s Management Committee. She will replace Kelly R. Walsh, who was nominated to serve as GC of the U.S. Department of Commerce on April 4. “Susan has achieved a distinguished career as a highly respected lawyer, counselor and business leader. In addition to legal expertise, she brings tremendous judgment and business acumen to her new role,” said Northern Trust CEO Frederick H. Waddell in a release.
Veracode specializes in providing cloud-based security, but now, it’s the company’s legal department that feels a bit more secure with the promotion of Dean Breda as Veracode’s first general counsel. Breda previously served in-house with Interactions Corporation, a provider of virtual assistant applications for customer care, where he was GC. Breda also worked as the GC of ZipCar, helping the company through its initial public offering and its sale to Avis Budget Group in 2013. “Dean has an excellent track record working within fast-paced technology firms, and has a deep understanding of what it means to scale a technology company past the start-up phase into an enduring business,” said Ed Goldfinger, CFO of Veracode, in a statement.
Leigh M. Harlan is receiving something even more valuable than a Tiffany & Co. necklace: a promotion to the general counsel position at the jewelry industry giant. Harlan will be replacing the retiring Patrick B. Dorsey in the position on May 22. Harlan currently serves as the company’s associate general counsel, a role which she has fulfilled since joining the legal team from Cravath, Swaine & Moore in 2012. “Since joining Tiffany, Leigh has proven herself invaluable, demonstrating a sharp, agile intellect, keen legal acumen and strong leadership skills. We are confident in Leigh's abilities to oversee our highly-talented legal department and delighted to have her as a counselor on a range of legal matters affecting our global business,” said Michael J. Kowalski, Tiffany CEO, in a statement.
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In searching for the company’s next general counsel, business process solutions company EXL was looking for somebody who could excel. They believe they have that in Nancy Saltzman, who has assumed the role of EVP, GC and company secretary. Saltzman previously worked as GC of Westcon Group, Inc., which specializes in unified communications, since 2005. “I am excited to join EXL which has proven its resilience and leadership in the marketplace with a consistent growth record and an impressive business portfolio,” Saltzman said in a statement.
Insurance giant QBE Insurance Group Limited has hired a new legal head of its North American arm: Jose Ramon Gonzalez. Gonzalez’s official title will be chief legal officer of QBE North America, and he will be charged with overseeing the organization’s legal, regulatory and compliance activity. Gonzalez comes to QBE with a wealth of in-house insurance law experience, having served as GC of Torus Insurance, deputy GC at Chartis Insurance, and assistant GC of AIG, among other roles. He also sits on the boards of directors of LatinoJustice PRLDF and ProjectExplorer.org.