08 May 2019

Around the house

Boeing legal chief takes up role to deal with recent controversial accidents in the moves around the hosue this week.


Boeing has named general counsel J Michael Luttig to the newly-created position of counselor and senior advisor to Boeing chairman, president and ceo Dennis Muilenburg and the Boeing board of directors. Brett Gerry succeeds Luttig as general counsel. Both changes are effective immediately. Mr Luttig has served as general counsel since joining the company in 2006, and will manage all legal matters associated with the Lion Air Flight 610 and Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 accidents. Mr Muilenburg said, “Judge Luttig is not only a brilliant legal mind, but also a critical voice on all the important issues and opportunities facing our company.” As general counsel, Mr Gerry will lead the law department, join the executive council and report to Mr Muilenburg. He has served as president of Boeing Japan since 2016, and will relocate from Tokyo to Chicago.

The Nestle board of directors has appointed Leanne Geale as executive vice president and general counsel and as a member of the executive board of Nestle SA, effective August 1, 2019. In her role, Ms Geale will oversee the company’s legal and compliance functions. David Frick, head of governance, compliance & corporate services, and Ricardo Cortes-Monroy, chief legal officer, will report to Ms Geale. Mr Frick will leave the Nestle executive board as of July 31, 2019 and will continue to serve in his present role, including as Secretary to the Board. Ms Geale joins Nestle from Royal Dutch Shell plc where she currently serves as chief ethics & compliance officer. She joined Shell in 2003 and has held various senior legal leadership roles.

CMS Energy and its principal subsidiary Consumers Energy, Michigan’s largest energy provider, has selected its new legal chief from within the ranks. CMS has appointed Shaun Johnson to be the new senior vice president and general counsel, effective May 16. Mr Johnson, who has been serving as the company’s vice-president and deputy general counsel since April 2016, replaces Catherine Reynolds who is retiring after 40 years at CMS Energy and Consumers Energy. Mr Johnson is currently vice president and deputy general counsel. In his new role he will head the legal team and be responsible for corporate secretary activities, corporate records, compliance and the enterprise risk and insurance functions. Kelly Hall will succeed Johnson as vice president and deputy general counsel of CMS Energy and Consumers Energy. Her main responsibilities will be overseeing the litigation, general practice and federal energy regulatory teams and offering legal oversight for business development activities. She at present serves as supervisory assistant general counsel.

Pennsylvania-based Dorman Products has hired Joseph Braun as senior vice president and general counsel. Mr Braun moved to Dorman from Avantor, where he was chief legal officer and corporate secretary. Avantor, which provides products and services to customers in the biopharmaceutical, healthcare, education and government sectors, recently filed with the SEC to go public. Dorman supplies replacement parts to the automotive and other transport markets.

UiPath, the Robotic Process Automation (RPA) provider, has announced the appointment of Brad Brubaker as its chief legal officer, general counsel. In this new role, Mr Brubaker will provide legal leadership, guidance and counsel at the strategic and tactical level to support the company’s global mission to accelerate the adoption of automation across public and private sectors and businesses of all sizes. He joins UiPath from SAP where he served as senior vice president, general counsel of SAP’s global field legal function. Prior to attending law school, Mr Brubaker was a systems engineer at RCA Aerospace and General Electric Corporations. An advocate for re-skilling and education, he serves as the chair of The City Year Philadelphia Site Board, which enables City Year Philadelphia to build a strong and sustainable organization that unites community leaders to make a difference. UiPath’s general counsel Vasile Tiple will become deputy general counsel, reporting to Mr Brubaker.

Snag, a platform for hourly work that connects more than 70 million active job seekers with employment opportunities at 300,000 employer locations in the US and Canada, has appointed a new legal head as part of expansion plans. Michael Culver has been appointed as senior vice president for legal and business affairs, and will lead all legal, regulatory and compliance matters. He also drives business development and corporate initiatives. Before joining Snag, he served as general counsel at Elance and deputy general counsel at its successor company Upwork.


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