13 February 2019 at 14:18 BST

Around the house

IHG general counsel checks into new post and the deputy upgrades, while other firms see their general counsel retire into leisure.


George Turner is leaving his general counsel post to serve as chief commercial and technology officer at UK-based InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), while Nicolette Henfrey, who has served as IHG’s deputy company secretary and head of corporate legal, is to succeed Mr Turner. Both will continue to serve on IHG’s executive committee and report to IHG ceo Keith Barr. In his new role, Mr Turner will be responsible for global sales, distribution, revenue management, property systems, digital and voice, technology and information security. While serving as IHG’s chief lawyer for a decade, he oversaw the company’s approach to risk and assurance, information security and compliance. As general counsel, Ms Henfrey, who joined IHG in 2001, will oversee IHG’s approach to corporate governance, risk management, insurance, regulatory compliance, internal audit, legal and hotel standards, according to IHG.

Another change in the leisure industry sees Ross Greenman appointed vice president and general counsel at KSL Resorts in La Quinta, California. In his new role, Mr Greenman will be responsible for overseeing all legal matters within KSL Resorts as well as participating in business development and acquisitions efforts. Until recently, he was general counsel and vice president of business development for Vista Investments, a hotel development, management and franchise business based in El Segundo, California.

Grand Rapids-based Meritage Hospitality Group has appointed Robert Potts to the top legal role. As general counsel, Mr Potts will lead the company’s legal and compliance strategies and activities. He has been a consulting attorney for Meritage since 2011 and served as the company’s vp of real estate from 2001 to 2008.

Ruby Shellaway has been appointed vice chancellor and general counsel at Vanderbilt University. An experienced attorney, she has held key roles in higher education, federal government and in the private sector. Ms Shellaway had served as the university’s interim general counsel since July 31, 2018, and was selected for the permanent role following an extensive national search. As vice chancellor, Shellaway leads the 15-member team of the Office of the General Counsel and the Office of Conflict of Interest and Commitment Management. While interim vice chancellor, Shellaway led transformation of the general counsel office to deliver increased responsiveness and efficiencies, which included hiring the office’s first legal operations chief to support and accelerate transformation. Ms Shellaway joined Vanderbilt in August 2015 as deputy general counsel. In that role, she advised university leadership on all key legal issues, including litigation, transactions and regulatory compliance.

KEPRO, a diversified healthcare information company, has appointed Melissa Leigh to the newly created role of general counsel and chief compliance officer. In this role, Leigh will lead KEPRO’s in-house legal, compliance, and risk management functions. With more than 20 years of experience in the health care, technology, and government sectors. Ms Leigh joins KEPRO from Intermedix, a provider of revenue cycle management, practice management, and data analytics solutions to hospitals, physicians and EMS agencies, where she held various leadership positions.

Steve Oldham, longtime general counsel of major biotech company Roche Diagnostics, is to retire. He is leaving the company after more than 30 years as general counsel, vice president president of law and ethics compliance, and secretary. Roche is now looking to hire a successor, who will be based at the company's North American headquarters in Indianapolis.

Lauren Harrington has been elected senior vice president and general counsel with Aramark, effective March 4. Her promotion follows Steve Reynolds, executive vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary, who has retired.

Beauty and wellness company PDC Brands has brought its chief outside legal adviser Matthew Wagner in-house as general counsel. Mr Wagner has spent several years as outside general counsel and non-executive secretary to PDC’s board of directors. He was most recently also a partner at law firm Diserio Martin where he chaired the intellectual property practice group. In his new role, Wagner is responsible for all legal matters at Stamford, Connecticut-based PDC and continues to serve as non-executive secretary to the board. He reports directly to ceo James Stammer.

Norwood, Massachusetts-based Analog Devices (ADI) has recruited Larry Weiss as vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary. In his new position, Mr Weiss will oversee ADI’s global legal function including M&A, intellectual property and compliance matters. Margaret Seif, the company’s previous general counsel, has been promoted to chief legal officer and Weiss will report to her. As clo and chief people officer, Ms Seif provides oversight for several functions at Analog Devices, including legal, HR and communications. Mr Weiss was most recently vice president and general counsel of Medtronic’s Minimally Invasive Therapies Group (MITG).


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