Features April 2018

Tracy Preston – Neiman Marcus Group Inc.

Est. reading time: 5 mins

With much credit due to its thriving online operation, Neiman Marcus seems to be tackling challenges in retail by pioneering new frontiers into the digital world. Recently achieving back-to-back profitable quarters has set the luxury retailer on a course for positive growth it hasn’t seen since 2015. In her office at the Dallas headquarters, General […]

Paul Kleppetsch – ITS Technologies and Logistics LLC

Est. reading time: 4 mins

When Paul Kleppetsch was a kid, his idea of an exciting day off was visiting federal court. His aunt worked in the human resources department for the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Whenever he could, he would go with his grandmother to sit in on the day’s various trials and […]

Ron Palmese – Shake Shack

Est. reading time: 5 mins

Like many young lawyers in firms, Ron Palmese was mindful of his professional growth being limited by having to concentrate on a specific area of practice and thus not being exposed to the big picture for a client. Much as he enjoyed transactional law, Palmese didn’t feel satisfied enough with his level of involvement in […]

Kelvin Sellers – Interstate Batteries Inc.

Est. reading time: 5 mins

It’s a fairly standard line from a general counsel: You have one client and that’s the company itself. Kelvin Sellers, who heads legal as well as internal audit for Interstate Batteries Inc., can recite that statement as well as anyone, but the upbeat 43-year-old man may just take it to another level. That one client, […]

Mike Zitelli – Edrington Americas

Est. reading time: 5 mins

He heard it from a professor of sports law while an undergrad at the State University of New York, College at Cortland. Just some simple advice that didn’t need to be embellished with any pretentious Latin. “When the door to opportunity opens, you must walk through it,” young Mike Zitelli was advised not that many […]

Beth M. Kotran – Ferrero North America

Est. reading time: 5 mins

As general counsel for the North American operations of the global confectionery heavyweight Ferrero, Beth M. Kotran has literally achieved—well almost—what she had so aspired to after leaving private practice in 2002. “I was focused on one piece of a bigger pie,” she tells Vanguard from her office in Parsippany, New Jersey. “I wanted to […]

Jonathan Truppman – Casper

Est. reading time: 5 mins

Jonathan Truppman has never slept so well since becoming legal boss of global sleep company Casper, but he couldn’t have predicted that in early 2015, when joining the Big Apple startup seemed the lesser of two career paths. The most appealing—at least for most young lawyers—would have led back to Miami, where the then 29-year-old […]

Liberal arts and technology—with a punch

Est. reading time: 5 mins

It’s still music to Hiro Tachibana’s ears. The way the late Steve Jobs would articulate about the harmonic convergence of technology and liberal arts. How, years ago Jobs would remind the people who became today’s high-tech movers and shakers that the future would not be by technology alone. In Tachibana’s case, Jobs was preaching to […]

Angus Haig

Est. reading time: 5 mins

Angus Haig’s career has taken him all over the world and back again. And while he notes that landscapes and cultures vary dramatically from place to place, one thing remains the same: People. As a lawyer, particularly one working in an international capacity, they are your most important resource. “People are the greatest asset that […]

Bryan Pechersky – Cloud Peak Energy Inc.

Est. reading time: 5 mins

While it’s common for a general counsel to wear legal and business hats, there’s another that Bryan Pechersky sports as he goes about his responsibilities for one of the biggest coal mining companies in the Powder River Basin region of Wyoming and Montana. It’s the hat for government affairs, a matter weighing heavy on the […]

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