15 March 2017

Around the house

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

By Kathryn Higgins

Jakub Jirsak

First up, Yahoo has announced the appointment of Arthur Chong as its new general counsel, effective from 10 March. The announcement comes less than two weeks after the resignation of former Yahoo GC Robert Bell, who stepped down following a major internal investigation into cybersecurity breaches at Google in 2014. Mr Chong served as general counsel of Broadcom Corp for seven years before joining Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton. Since October, Mr Chong has been providing outside legal counsel to Yahoo.

Meanwhile, media conglomerate Viacom has announced that deputy general counsel Christa D’Alimonte will be taking over the company’s top legal post. Ms D’Alimonte will assume the general counsel role on 15 April when current GC Michael Fricklas is due to step down from the role. She first joined Viacom in 2012 from Shearman & Sterling, where she represented Viacom as deputy head of the firm’s global mergers and acquisitions group. Simultaneously, Viacom has also announced the appointment of Keyes Hill-Edgar as EVP of global business affairs and GC of Viacom Media Networks.

Bank of America vice chairman and former general counsel Gary Lynch has announced his retirement. An internal memo sent to employees on Tuesday by chief executive officer Brian Moynihan confirmed that Mr Lynch will be retiring from the company on 1 April. Mr Lynch first joined in 2011, and was instrumental in guiding BoA through settlements to resolve the fallout from the 2008-09 financial crisis. Mr Moynihan said: ‘Gary was an indispensable leader of our company during one of the most challenging periods for our industry and the global economy… His work helped to rebuild our brand and enable our responsible growth strategy to take hold.’

UK-based food delivery business Just East is saying goodbye to general counsel Jeff Eneberi. Mr Eneberi is stepping down from the helm of the legal department after six years in the top job. He first joined the company in September 2010, after spending seven years as a senior legal counsel at Royal Dutch Shell.

Finally, public services provider Amey has named Jayne Bowie as the successor to longtime general counsel Wayne Robertson, who is due to leave the company next month. After training at legacy firm Eversheds, Ms Bowie spent six years as an associate at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer before joining Amey in 2012. Mr Bowie has worked with Amey for more than ten years, and was appointed to the helm of the legal department in 2009. 

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