25 July 2018

Around the house

Those taking flight this week include a ggeneral counsel working on putting a human on Mars and another more down to earth working on Heathrow's expansion.


BWXT, based in Lynchburg, Va and working with NASA in an effort to put a human on Mars, has named Thomas E McCabe as senior vice president, general counsel, chief compliance officer and corporate secretary for BWXT. Mr McCabe most recently served as the executive vice president, general counsel and secretary of Orbital ATK Inc, a company focused on space, defense and aviation. He previously served as senior vice president, general counsel and secretary for Alion Science and Technology Corp, a technology solutions provider for the US Department of Defense and commercial clients. Prior to that position he served with Braintech, Inc. as executive vice president, general counsel and secretary.

More down to earth, the Arora Group has appointed James Helliwell as general counsel. Mr Helliwell joins Arora from Tate & Lyle Sugars, part of the ASR Group, where he was a senior member of the legal team, with responsibility for legal matters across the European business. Prior to Tate & Lyle Sugars, he worked in the City, primarily in finance and restructuring roles, including at Salans, now part of Dentons. Arora continues to enhance its portfolio of flagship hotels and assets across the UK, as well as progressing with its proposals for delivering the approved expansion of Heathrow Airport.

The Automobile Association, the UK breakdown cover provider, has hired Nadia Hoosen as its new general counsel. Ms Hoosen joins from telecoms company TalkTalk, which she joined as legal director in 2013, serving three years as head of legal for its Tiscali and Opal businesses. Ms Hoosen previously worked in-house at Carphone Warehouse.

Pennsylvania investment firm SEI has announced its new general counsel is Michael Peterson, a veteran of Reed Smith and Morgan Lewis. He replaces Jeffrey Klauder, who steps down after 16 years in SEI's top legal role. Mr Peterson is an experienced big law securities lawyer, and takes the lead as the firm’s general counsel and head of its legal and compliance teams.

Franklin, Tennessee-based Aries Clean Energy has appointed Robert Burke Jr as general counsel as the firm looks to grow. Mr Burke has extrensive global M&A experience to support the energy company as it shifts focus to generating power through sustainable waste disposal. He has been named executive vice president and general counsel.

DLA Piper partner Laura Terrell has joined FTI Consulting, a business advisory firm headquartered in Washington, DC, as deputy general counsel. At DLA, Ms Terrell worked on cases involving pharmaceuticals, medical devices, consumer products, vaccines, telecommunications and the oil and gas industry.

Former Yum Brands executive Marc Kesselman has joined Purdue Pharma as their new general counsel. The Stamford, Connecticut-based is the privately held maker of controversial pain medication OxyContin. Mr Kesselman was at Yum Brands, the Louisville-based parent of KFC, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut, for a little under two years. Prior to Yum, he was general counsel for Dean Foods, PepsiCo Americas Foods and Frito-Lay North America. Other roles include general counsel of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and deputy general counsel of the White House Office of Management & Budget. The pharmaceutical maker is undergoing a restructuring in the wake of the nation's opioid crisis, and along with other opioid makers and distributors faces numerous lawsuits that claim aggressive sales practices contributed to a public health crisis. He replaces Maria Barton, who has left the company.

Ed West has joined Brake Parts Inc as vice president, general counsel and secretary. Mr West will serve as a legal and business advisor to the BPI and Remy senior leadership teams, advising and influencing the direction and activities of the firm. Prior to joining BPI, he worked for Archer-Daniels-Midland Company in Chicago, Illinois as associate general counsel, corporate, securities and mergers and acquisitions. Mr West has over 20 years of legal experience, having spent the majority of his career at Baker McKenzie in both the London and Chicago offices.

Governor Bruce Rauner has named his former general counsel to serve on the Illinois Racing Board, appointing Jason Barclay of Hinsdale to the board, which regulates horse racing and wagering. The position pays about $12,500 per year. Mr Barclay served on the Indiana Horse Racing Commission prior to moving to Illinois, where he worked for the governor's office before leaving for the private sector.

Michael Rambert joins Morehouse School of Medicine as general counsel and corporate secretary on August 1. He brings to MSM extensive experience in the legal field including healthcare administration, higher education law, real estate development, and more. Most recently, Mr Rambert served as senior associate general counsel at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. In his new role, Mr Rambert will be responsible for the supervision and management of all legal affairs at MSM and Morehouse Healthcare. He will also serve as the chief legal advisor to the school and a senior advisor to the president and dean and the board of trustees.

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