Features February 2018

John Wright – Triumph Group Inc.

While clerking for U.S. District Judge Louis Bechtle in Philadelphia during the early 1980s, John Wright learned lessons from the distinguished jurist that might not have been covered a few years earlier at Villanova School of Law. “He was quite the pragmatist,” remembers Wright, who since 2004 has served as a vice president, general counsel […]

Jordan Kanfer — NTT America

As a teenager growing up in Georgia, Jordan Kanfer became enamored with the bourgeoning indie music of nearby Athens, where bands like R.E.M. and The B-52’s were fusing seemingly disparate sonic elements to create a fresh, exciting sound. Thirty years later, the occasionally guitar-wielding Kanfer laments having never quite made it to rock ‘n roll […]

Juan Camilo Bernate – Productos Ramo S.A.

Lawyer jokes are a dime-a-dozen. As are the criticisms that lawyers only make things more difficult. On both fronts, Juan Camilo Bernate has heard them all, says the legal manager for Productos Ramo, a popular Colombian snackfood company. “People think the lawyer is the one creating the problem,” he says. “We’re trying to change that […]

Julie Ortmeier – CARFAX Inc.

It’s always buyer beware in the used-car market, but it’s been especially so since autumn 2017 when hundreds of thousands of vehicles were soaked by Texas and Florida floodwaters following Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. Many of them could wind up for sale all over the country. Their appearances notwithstanding, it’s what’s under the hood […]

Kristina Schaefer – Fishback Financial Corporation – First Bank and Trust

At first glance, there might not seem to be many similarities between working on the family farm and overseeing the legal department of a banking company. But there are indeed, says the personable Kristina Schaefer, who’s done both on the high plains. “My upbringing prepared me very well for banking,” says Schaefer, who for the […]

Marty Collins – QuinStreet

He says it like someone who’s spoken these words over and over again: “Who wants unwanted phone calls? No one. But sometimes they’ll happen, even with the best, most compliant network, like QuinStreet’s,” says Marty Collins. Collins, QuinStreet’s senior vice president for legal, compliance and corporate development, says he’s not a fan of unwanted sales […]

Matt Hamel – Brown-Forman Corporation

Much like quality bourbon or a fine wine, excellence takes time—and time appears to be the special ingredient for Brown-Forman Corporation. For close to 150 years, as it has honed its iconic spirits brands, the family-controlled company has also fostered a culture that is relationship-based and consensus-driven, says Matt Hamel, Brown-Forman’s executive vice president, general […]

Patricia Kim – Swanson

Poll any passenger boarding a flight from Los Angeles to Fargo, North Dakota, and he or she will probably tell you they’d just as soon stay put—emphatically so, should the trip occur in the dead of winter. Most, yes, but not all. And definitely not Patricia Kim. As general counsel for Swanson, one of the […]

Robert Rosen – Kenon Holdings

Robert Rosen will be the first to tell you that not much may make sense about the turns his professional life has taken in the past few years. A self-proclaimed tech geek, the law never really has been the sole passion of this adventurous 45-year-old from New Jersey who, last autumn, shed the general counsel […]

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