19 June 2013

Around the house

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

By James Barnes

Detroit: GC swap at Police and Fire Retirement System

The Detroit Police and Fire Retirement System has announced that it is hiring Joe Turner as its new general counsel.
The board voted in favour of hiring interim GC Mr Turner to replace Ronald Zajac, who was charged for his involvement in a bribery scandal.
Mr Turner leaves Michigan-founded law firm Clark Hill while still fighting federal bribery indictments, according to Detroit News. He has denied accusations that involved him and any unlawful activity in the case. He has not been charged.

Colorado-based TeleTech Holdings is taking on Margaret McLean as their new senior vice president and general counsel.
TeleTech Holdings is a top international provider of technology-enabled customer experience solutions, reports Business Wire.
Ms McLean will take on the company’s growth and investment sector by advising the leadership team and board from a legal stance. She was formally chief legal officer and general counsel at CH2M HILL, a global engineering, construction and management company.

The Gonzales County Underground Water Conservation District (GCUWCD) in Texas recently announced the acquisition of Gregory Ellis as its new legal counsel.
Prior to the hiring, Mr Ellis served as general counsel for the Texas Water Foundation since 2007, reports the Gonzales Cannon. As a member of the State Bar of Texas, he specialises in both environmental law and natural resources law.

Janet Nova has been promoted to executive vice president and deputy general counsel at 21st Century Fox.
News Corporation made the promotion before splitting from their publishing unit in late June, Variety reports. After leaving Simpson Thacher & Bartlett where she was an associate, Ms Nova joined the News Corp. team in 1997. She will take on the responsibility of mergers and acquisitions, capital market transactions, and SEC and stock exchange reporting while advising board members.

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