10 Jun 2021

Around the house: former McDonald's senior counsel joins Corcentric

This week's collection of top in-house hires includes a Goldman Sachs veteran for TPG Capital and a former Fitbit lawyer for Booster Fuels

Corcentric's Alex Green Image courtesy of Corcentric

McDonald’s veteran for Corcentric

Business spend and revenue management software provider Corcentric has added Alex Green as senior vice president and general counsel. He is responsible for leading legal processes at the New Jersey-based the company and providing oversight throughout the organisation on all legal matters.

Executive vice president and CFO Mark Joyce commented that Green’s industry knowledge and skillset will “play a very complementary role” to the firm’s software and advisory expansion efforts.

Green has held positions in software, consumer finance, and services over the course of his career, most recently serving as CLO at staffing and recruitment company Medix. He was also general counsel with tech company CareerBuilder for nearly 15 years and senior counsel for McDonald's for over a decade, having joined the fast food giant from a position as an associate at Ross & Hardies in Chicago.

"I'm excited to join an organisation helping companies with digital transformations and modernising payments solutions and supply chains," said Green. "This is a complex period for businesses operating internationally and with a high number of touchpoints with stakeholders. I look forward to working with the leadership team to accomplish our expansion goals."

Former Boeing GC to Activision

Nasdaq-listed Californian video game company Activision Blizzard, which counts Call of Duty and Candy Crush Saga among its IP stable, has made former Boeing general counsel Grant Dixton its new chief legal officer. Chicago-based Dixton will take over from Chris Walther, who is set to retire later this month after nearly 12 years in the top legal role at Activision.

Dixton joined Boeing in 2006 as vice president and assistant general counsel for Boeing Corporate and last year was awarded the top legal job, alongside which he also served as vice president and corporate secretary. Prior to Boeing he had spent three years in the White House as associate counsel to the president and also practiced in the Washington DC office of Kirkland & Ellis as an associate for two years. Earlier he served as a law clerk at the Supreme Court and at the Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

Goldman Sachs experience for TPG Capital

Texas-based TPG Capital, the private equity arm of TPG Global has hired a former Goldman Sachs associate general counsel to serve as its new top lawyer.

Deidre Harding joined the company last month, four months after the departure of her predecessor Adam Fliss. He moved on after nearly eight years in the position to become a founding partner and GC at healthcare investment firm Patient Square Capital.

Harding was most recently MD and associate general counsel at Goldman in New York. According to her LinkedIn profile she was the global manager of the company’s tech, IP and contracts legal team. She was also a top in-house lawyer for the merchant banking growth area, advising on “all aspects of principal investments, acquisitions, divestitures and strategic relationships.”  She began her legal career in 2001 as an associate at Sidley Austin, later joining Weil Gotshal & Manges before going in-house at Goldman in 2008.

TPG’s top lawyer remains Bradford Berenson, who joined as GC in 2017 from General Electric. In March, the company added former Kirkland & Ellis partner Nadia Karkar in San Francisco as GC for TPG Growth and The Rise Fund, the company’s middle-market growth equity and impact investing arms, respectively.  

Former Fitbit associate GC makes Booster Fuels shift

Booster Fuels, a mobile energy delivery service based in San Mateo, California, has named former Fitbit lawyer Juliana Chen as its new general counsel.

Chen’s hire has been announced alongside that of Lyft’s former vice president of people Ron Storn as chief people officer. The company has looked to expand its bench of tech talent as it scales operations to support demand from the accelerating last-mile economy and the wider return to work.

Chen joins Booster with more than 15 years’ experience in the legal and tech industries. Directly prior to her new role she served as vice president and deputy general counsel for listed software company Guideware Software and has also acted as VP, associate general counsel, corporate and assistant at Fitbit. Earlier in her career she served as an associate in the Palo Alto office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati and the Menlo Park office of O’Melveny & Myers, where her practice focused on representing private and public companies in securities and M&A.

Wells Fargo adds deputy GC

Wells Fargo has hired a deputy general counsel in the form of New York-based David Futterman, who has taken the lead in the Strategy, Innovation & Administration division of the banking giant’s legal department.

Futterman has joined Wells Fargo after eight years at Toronto-Dominion Bank, the last five of which he spent as global head of litigation, regulatory inquiries and employment. He headed a team of more than 75 from the bank’s Toronto headquarters, as well as its locations in New York and New Jersey. Prior to that he served as associate general counsel and managing director at Bank of America and also spent a decade at legacy firm Arnold & Porter, where his practice focused on commercial litigation, SEC defence and product liability.

Futterman has been reunited with Ellen Patterson, who left the top legal job at TD bank last year to be Wells Fargo’s new general counsel.   

Mexican airline adds GE veteran

Listed ultra-low-cost Mexican airline Volaris has named Jose Alejandro de Iturbide as its next chief legal officer, effective June 16. He will report directly to Volaris president and CEO Enrique Javier Beltranena Mejicano.

Mexico-city based de Iturbide joins Volaris, which serves the US and Central America as well as its home country, from a role as general counsel, managing director and secretary of the board of directors of Grupo Financiero Citibanamex. His six-year stint there was preceded by positions in Mexico as general counsel at General Electric and Barclays Capital, among others.