29 March 2017

Around the house

A weekly round-up of moves from around the globe.

By Kathryn Higgins

Anna Ivanova

First up in a light week for in-house appointments, pharmaceuticals giant Mylan has announced the appointment of former US Securities and Exchange Commission commissioner Daniel Gallagher as its new chief legal officer. Mr Gallagher served as commissioner of the SEC between November 2011 and October 2015, during which time he oversaw efforts to strengthen US capital markets and encourage capital formation. He joins Mylan from his most recent role as president of consultancy Patomak Global Partners, which offers strategic advice, compliance consulting and litigation and regulatory enforcement services. He will officially assume his role at Mylan on 17 April.

Meanwhile, private equity firm Hamilton Lane has made two prominent in-house appointments, naming Lydia Gavalis as its new general counsel and Frederick Shaw as chief compliance officer. Ms Gavalis’ appointment comes as incumbent general counsel Robert Cleveland prepares to retire at the end of this month after more than 16 years in the role. Currently deputy general counsel for Hamilton Lane, Ms Gavalis previously spent almost two decades working in-house at investment manager SEI, including ten years as general counsel of the company’s institutional investors business segment. Mr Gallagher, currently director of compliance, served as chief compliance officer at Natsource LLC before joining Hamilton Lane.

Customer engagement software group Pegasystems has appointed Matt Cushing as its new vice president, chief commercial officer and general counsel. Mr Cushing brings more than 20 years’ legal experience in the technology sector to his new role, having previously served as general counsel to energy management technology firm EnerNOC and to Acme Packet prior to its acquisition by Oracle. Prior to moving in-house, Mr Cushing was a partner at Boston-based law firm Bingham McCutchen, where he provided business and legal counsel to publicly traded technology companies.

Finally, the Western States Petroleum Association announced the hire of Oyango Snell as its first ever general counsel last week. Mr Snell joins the non-profit petroleum explorers’ association from the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America, where he has hitherto served as counsel for state government relations. WSPA president Catherine Reheis-Boyd said of the hire: ‘Oyango is an outstanding attorney with extensive and successful experience in working with industries like ours… He will play a key role at WSPA as we confront the complex legal challenges facing our members.’ 

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