16 May 2018

Around the house

From Weetabix to Cheesecake, a weekly round-up of moves around the globe.


Weetabix has appointed Helen Wilson as a new general counsel, three months after its former legal head left to lead the in-house team at Odeon Cinemas. Ms. Wilson will oversee the legal function of the breakfast cereal business, both in the UK and overseas. She was previously a finance partner at Shoosmiths, with responsibilities for the firm’s banking and finance practices in the Midlands the North. Prior to Weetabix, she was legal director at digital commission specialist Adam HTT. Weetabix’s former GC Chris Thomas left at the end of February, to join Odeon Cinemas Group as their first head of legal after three years at Weetabix. Ms. Wilson says, “I’m relishing the opportunity to lead the dynamic legal team at Weetabix and give it and the business the benefit of my extensive experience.” She considers herself to be “an enabler rather than a naysayer; I’m solutions driven and have the commercial focus to deliver meaningful change and progress for the benefit of my team and the Weetabix brands.”

MTG has appointed its current head of legal, M&A and corporate legal affairs, Johan Levinsson as MTG Group general counsel from July 1. He is one of two new members added to the firm’s leadership team following its decision to split the business into two companies – MTG and Nordic Entertainment Group. Jørgen Madsen Lindemann, who is the new president and CEO of the new MTG praised Mr. Levinsson for the key role he has played “in building MTG’s position as a leading global digital entertainer.” He added his “experience and passion will be instrumental as we develop and expand our portfolio of hyper growth global companies in esports, online gaming and digital video content.”

Infrastructure technologies firm Aegion Corporation, based in St Louis, Missouri, has appointed Mark Menghini as senior vice president, general counsel and secretary, effective May 10. He had been serving as Aegion’s interim general counsel and secretary since April 18, 2018. Mr. Menghini has been with Aegion since 2013, and most recently served as the Company’s Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel. Prior to joining Aegion, Mr. Menghini was an officer and shareholder with the law firm of Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale, PC., a regional law firm based in St. Louis, Missouri, where he practiced as a member of the firm’s Construction Law Practice Group from 1998 until 2013. Aegion President and CEO, Charles R. Gordon, remarked, “I am confident in Mark’s ability to serve as Aegion’s General Counsel and Secretary. Since joining Aegion, Mark has worked closely with our platform presidents and general counsels on all significant legal matters. He has emphasized working with customers to define contractual risks and responsibilities. This has led to more successful outcomes on challenging projects throughout Aegion.”

Joe Davis has joined Lucid Energy Group II as general counsel, following Lucid II's recent $1.6 billion recapitalization through strategic investments from Riverstone Holdings LLC and the Merchant Banking Division of The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. Lucid II is expanding its leadership and operating teams to meet growth opportunities, and CEO Mike Latchem says "We are fortunate to have Joe join our team." He adds, "Joe brings a wide range of experience that is of immediate value to Lucid II, and he will play a central role in our long-term strategy. His public company experience and M&A background will be key to Lucid II's continued growth in the Delaware Basin and the midstream marketplace." Before he joined Lucid II, Mr. Davis was general counsel and an adviser to the Kayne Anderson Special Acquisition Corporation. Prior to Kayne Anderson, Mr. Davis served for 10 years as general counsel for the EnLink Midstream companies and their predecessors.

The Cheesecake Factory Incorporated has announced the appointment of Scarlett May as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of the Company, effective May 14, 2018. She will succeed Debby R. Zurzolo, who announced earlier this year her plan to retire. In addition, the Company named Keith T. Carango as President of The Cheesecake Factory Bakery Incorporated. “Scarlett is an accomplished legal executive with significant restaurant industry experience, which will be an asset to The Cheesecake Factory,” said David Overton, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. Ms. May joins The Cheesecake Factory from Brinker International, Inc., where she served as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary. Previously, she was Senior Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Secretary for Ruby Tuesday, Inc. following her earlier career in private practice. Noting Ms. Zurzolo’s retirement, Mr. Overton noted, “Nearly 20 years ago, Debby was named as our first General Counsel and has been a trusted advisor ever since. She will continue to sit on the board of The Cheesecake Factory Oscar and Evelyn Overton Charitable Foundation.”

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