28 November 2018 at 16:52 BST

Around the house

The new cat's whiskers at Petco jumps on board, while some other gcs seek pastures new.


Petco Animal Supplies Inc has hired Genevieve Kelly as their new chief legal officer and corporate secretary to oversee all of the company’s legal, corporate governance and regulatory affairs. Ms Kelly joins the San Diego-based retail store for pet products from Dole Food Company, where she served as vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary.

Lloyds Banking Group has announced that group general counsel Kate Cheetham will take on the role of group company secretary next year, as well as continuing in her role as general counsel. She will succeed Malcolm Wood, who announced he would be retiring after the Lloyds’ annual general meeting in June 2019.

Adrian Jones, general counsel at student accommodation company Scape in Australia , is returning to his old law firm Norton Rose Fulbright, where he began his career in 2005. Mr Jones was a partner at its Melbourne-based real estate team. NRF Australian managing partner Wayne Spanner said the firm was ‘delighted’ to have Mr Jones back as a partner,

Raleigh, North-Carolina-based Syneos Health has hired Jonathan Olefson as general counsel and corporate secretary. In his new role, Olefson leads Syneos Health’s global legal, compliance and quality functions, reporting directly to ceo Alistair Macdonald. Before joining Syneos Health, Olefson served as senior vice president, general counsel and secretary of Cotiviti Holdings, where he led the company’s transition to a publicly traded company.

The first of two general counsel looking for pastures new is crypto law veteran Mike Lempres has left Coinbase to join a venture capital firm. Mr Lempres said ‘it was time.’ He was the crypto company's chief policy officer and former chief legal office.

Michael Finn, is leaving the Philadelphia-based manufacturer Axalta Coating Systems to pursue a new professional opportunity. Mr Finn has been a prominent general counsel at Axalta, a manufacturer of coatings for light and commercial vehicles and industrial and refinish applications, and leaves after five years with the company. Mr Finn has served as Axalta’s general counsel since joining the company in 2013, and will leave before the end of the year but will continue to consult for Axalta to help with a smooth transition of his responsibilities. Further details of Mr Finn’s new position were not provided.


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