06 December 2017 at 07:10 BST

Around the house

A weekly round-up of moves around the globe.


Tyson Foods has announced that Amy Tu has been named executive vice president and general counsel. Ms Tu joins Tyson from The Boeing Company where she most recently served as chief counsel for global law affairs. She has more than 20 years of international experience and will report directly to Tom Hayes, president and CEO of Tyson Foods. She will succeed David Van Bebber who joined Tyson in May 1986 as part of the Lane Processing acquisition and has served in this role since May 2008. Mr Van Bebber will continue his employment with the company through to 11th of May to ensure a smooth transition.

Kraft Heinz has appointed a new head of legal for UK and Ireland. Zahir Karim joins the food giant from Samsung Electronics where he spent four years as a legal counsel and senior manager in the Korean company’s UK legal team.Prior to that, he was a lawyer at Pinsent Masons

Vanguard Natural Resources has appointed Jonathan Curth as general counsel, corporate secretary and vice president of Land. Mr Curth's most recent position was the assistant general counsel at Newfield Exploration Company where he managed upstream and midstream transactions and litigation and supported numerous departments including land, land administration, marketing, government affairs and internal audit. Mr Curth brings over 10 years of legal expertise focused on oil and gas transactions, in addition to experience in corporate governance matters and land-related processes and procedures.

CymaBay Therapeutics, a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing therapies for liver and other chronic diseases, has announced that Paul  Quinlan joined the company as general counsel and corporate secretary. As CymaBay’s chief legal officer he will be responsible for all legal affairs, including providing legal advice to CymaBay’s board of directors and senior management. Mr Quinlan comes to CymaBay from Terravia Holdings (formerly Solazyme), where since 2010 he has served as general counsel and secretary, overseeing the legal function.  Prior to that, Mr Quinlan was general counsel and secretary for Metabolex and chief corporate securities counsel for Maxygen.  He was also an associate at Cravath, Swaine, & Moore and Cooley where he worked with biopharma and medical device companies.

Quality Systems, known as NextGen Healthcare, has appointed Jeffrey Linton as general counsel. Mr Linton will oversee all legal-related matters of NextGen Healthcare. He assumes the role from Jocelyn Leavitt, who has been serving as general counsel since June 2013. Mr Linton will report to CEO Rusty Frantz and will lead the company’s legal affairs, regulatory and compliance groups. Most recently, he served as general counsel and corporate secretary of Applied Proteomics, a company that develops noninvasive, blood-based tests for monitoring and early detection of disease. Previously, he served as general counsel and company secretary of Sequenom and was GC at biomedical testing company Beckman Coulter, a biomedical testing products company. He also held roles at Serologicals Corporation.


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