23 January 2019

Around the house

A capital idea as associate general counsel takes data privacy skills to outside counsel, while Skyscanner clo takes time to consider next move.


Eulonda Skyles, associate general counsel for privacy, data security at Capital One is to join Baker Hostetler in its Washington office. Baker Hostetler said in the announcement of her hire that its data privacy and protection team has worked on nearly 25 percent of data breaches reported in the past year. Ms Skyles joined Capital One in 2014 and served as associate general counsel for IP litigation before moving to her in-house privacy and data security law role at the company. Earlier in her career, she served as litigation counsel at Yahoo!

The chief legal officer of travel metasearch engine Skyscanner, Carolyn Jameson, is stepping down after nearly six years in the top job. Ms Jameson will remain at the Scotland-based company in an advisory role until the end of April, and plans to take some time out before deciding her next move.

New Zealand’s Vista Group has appointed Kelvin Preston as its general counsel and company secretary. Mr Preston joins the Vista Group, which provides film industry technology solutions globally, from specialist corporate law firm Harmos Horton Lusk.

UK infrastructure group Balfour Beatty has hired a new general counsel ahead of the upcoming retirement of incumbent David Mercer. Jonathan Lagan joins from UK supermarket chain Tesco, where he was legal director of finance, corporate and technology. Mr Mercer has been general counsel  since mid-2015, with the role expanded to include company secretary in April 2016.

Tesco is replacing Mr Lagan with property legal director Faye Goss, who will take on Lagan’s corporate team while also running the supermarket’s relationships with its global roster of law firms.

Voyager Therapeutics, a clinical-stage gene therapy company has announced the appointment of Robert Hesslein as general counsel. Mr Hesslein’s experience includes more than 25 years as an in-house attorney leading and building legal organizations within the biotechnology industry. He joins Voyager from Foundation Medicine, where he served as senior vice president, general counsel and chief compliance officer.

FMC Corporation has appointed Michael F Reilly as executive vice president, general counsel and secretary, effective April 1, 2019. He will assume the role when Andrea E Utecht, executive vice president, general counsel and secretary, retires on March 31, 2019.  Mr Reilly joined FMC in 2002 as group counsel for the Agricultural Solutions business with responsibility for all business legal affairs. Ms Utecht will retire at the end of March after nearly 18 years with FMC and a career spanning more than 40 years in corporate law.

UK National Grid has hired former Gowling WLG head of energy Derek Goodban as UK general counsel, replacing Rachael Davidson. Mr Goodban joins the FTSE 100 electricity and gas utility company after almost two decades at Gowlings. Ms Davidson left the position last summer to become general counsel at subsidiary company National Grid Ventures.

Daniel Nordby has rejoined law firm Shutts & Bowen as a partner after spending almost two years as general counsel to former governor of Florida Rick Scott. As general counsel, he was the chief legal advisor to governor Scott and advised on the appointment of more than 100 judges to Florida’s trial and appellate courts.

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