General Motors – Craig Glidden
The general counsel position has that new car smell for General Motors, as Craig Glidden has stepped up to the GC chair. Glidden comes to GM from multinational chemical company LyondellBasell Industries, where he served as executive vice president and chief legal officer from August 2009. Before that, Glidden also served for a while as GC of Chevron Phillips Chemical Co. Glidden will replace Michael Millikin, who had been with GM since 1977 and had served as GC since 2009. “I’m enthused to be joining General Motors and its management team to help drive the company forward,” said Glidden in a statement. “The company has made significant progress in recent years and I look forward to further advancing the business goals.”
News Corp – David Pitofsky
It has been two years since Rupert Murdoch’s empire split into two parts: 21st Century Fox and News Corp. However, since the split, 21st Century Fox GC Gerson Zweifach had also been serving as News Corp’s GC on a transitional basis. But now that changes, as News Corp has promoted David Pitofsky as the company’s first autonomous GC after the separation. Pitofsky previously served as News Corp’s deputy general counsel and chief compliance officer since 2013. Before joining the company, he worked as an assistant U.S. attorney in the Eastern District of New York and also in private practice with Goodwin Procter. “I’m honored to succeed Gerson, from whom I’ve learned so much, and thrilled to have the chance to work even more closely with [News Corp CEO] Robert [Thomson] and everyone at News Corp,” said Pitofsky in a statement. “As a new company with growing global and increasingly digital businesses, News Corp has many exciting challenges and opportunities, which I look forward to tackling with my colleagues.”
Cambrium Networks – Sally Rau
For a technology company looking to grow and expand like wireless broadband solutions company Cambium Networks, it makes sense to hire an industry veteran with experience working in a variety of different markets. Enter Sally Rau. Hired as Cambrium’s newest general counsel, Rau comes to the company from a position as GC of Veiti, where she helped guide the mobile marketing and advertising company’s operations in the U.S., Europe, Asia, South America and the Middle East. Before that, Rau was a partner at DLA Piper, working in the technology industry. She has also worked in-house at Cronos Containers Limited in London. “Any good general counsel is not just a lawyer. I left private practice because I enjoy helping companies make business decisions and set strategic direction, which feed into legal issues eventually,” Rau said in a statement. “I look forward to bringing this perspective to Cambium Networks during this pivotal time of growth and innovation.”
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American Water – Michael A. Sgro
After a long voyage across the (American) water for Michael A. Sgro, he has arrived at his destination: the general counsel position for water and wastewater utility company American Water. Sgro has been named senior vice president, general counsel and secretary of the publicly traded company, coming to the position from his previous job as GC of American Water’s northeast division. Sgro first joined New Jersey American Water as secretary and corporate counsel in 1993, and subsequently wroked his way up the ladder. Previously, Sgro also worked in business positions with CertainTeed Corporation and practiced law with the law firm Dechert LLP. “His 22 years with our company equips him with a unique combination of experience, knowledge and skills that includes seasoned and strategic utility regulatory experience in multiple states; proven labor-management relationships, and strong litigation management experience,” says American Water CEO Susan Story in a statement. “He is a seasoned professional who has a deep understanding of our business, our customers and our employees.”
Cambrex – Samantha M. Hanley
The life sciences industry is one filled with unique and specialized regulatory and intellectual property challenges, and Cambrex Corporation hopes that keeping the general counsel position in-house with Samantha M. Hanley allows the company to continue moving forward. Hanley, who assumes the titles of vice president, general counsel and secretary, previously held the titles of assistant general counsel and assistant secretary before her promotion. Before that, Hanley worked primarily in intellectual property, serving as director of IP for Alpharma Pharmaceuticals and as an associate at IP law firm Lerner, David, Littenberg, Krumholtz & Mentlik. “Samantha has over 12 years of broad international legal and corporate management experience. Her understanding of chemistry and experience in intellectual property and commercial contracts has served the company well and has added tremendous value. In her new position as general counsel, Samantha will have a key role as part of our management team to help guide our growth initiatives," said Cambrex CEO Steven Klosk in a statement.
Blue Cross Blue Shield – Scott Nehs
With issues such as healthcare reform and data privacy rocking the insurance industry, the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA) hopes that it has found its own shield with the hiring of Scott Nehs as senior vice president of legal and governance, general counsel and corporate secretary. Nehs came to BCBSA a few years ago as deputy GC and assistant corporate secretary, with a succession plan in place to eventually take over the GC role. Before that, he served a variety of functions in-house with PepsiCo, and he also practiced with litigation firm Wildman, Harrold, Allen & Dixon. “We are fortunate to have someone with Scott’s unique experience, knowledge and insight to lead our legal and governance team of experts,” Scott P. Serota, BCBSA president and CEO, said in a statement.
Deutsche Bank (Americas) – Steven F. Reich
Deutsche Bank is still in the middle of regulatory mayhem, with some investigations still pending from the 2008 financial crisis, and others cropping up as various U.S. agencies have stepped up enforcement. With that in mind, why not bring a former U.S. enforcement attorney on board to help? Steven F. Reich has been named Deutsche Bank’s general counsel for the Americas, tasked with working closely with U.S. regulators to guide Deutsche Bank through troubled waters. Most recently Reich worked at law firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, but before that, he worked as an associate deputy U.S. attorney general with the Department of Justice between 2011 and 2013. Reich also spent time as senior associate legal counsel to the President during the Clinton administration.
CA Technologies – Michael Bisignano
These days, seemingly every corporation is moving towards automated software applications to handle crucial aspects of the business. Deciphering software applications is a great skill for in-house counsel, but what about the opposite side of the coin: Who on the software side is responsible for knowing law? For software company CA Technologies, that GC job now falls to Michael Bisignano. Bisignano comes to CA from Blackboard, Inc., where he served as general counsel and chief legal officer and oversaw the $1.64 billion transaction that took the company private in 2011. He has also worked as GC of Online Resources Corporation, as well as in private practice with Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo and Millbank, Tweed, Hadley and McCoy. “I’m very excited to be joining CA,” said Bisignano in a statement. “What attracted me to the company is its heritage of providing leading IT management and security solutions, mated with Mike’s proven leadership in the SaaS (software-as-a-service) technology arena.”
Innovari – Robin Lunt
Innovari is looking to attack inefficiencies in the electric grid through innovative solutions, but when it comes to the company’s legal team, the company decided to turn to an innovator who has plenty of energy industry experience: Robin Lunt. Lunt comes to the Innovari GC position from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), where she served as Commissioner Tony Clark's legal and policy advisor covering the Western Electric Interconnection, gas and oil orders as well as major market changes. Before that, she worked as the assistant general counsel for the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC). “We are in a time of major transformation in the energy industry that has real consequences for the grid. Innovari provides a unique strategy and platform that addresses many of the risks posed today and provides benefits to utilities, customers, the economy and the environment,” said Lunt in a statement. “The company is growing rapidly in the United States and abroad. I'm excited to join the great team at Innovari to help them change the way the world uses energy.”