Features May 2018

David O’Connor – QVC

Est. reading time: 4 mins

When David O’Connor talks about his career as an in-house lawyer, it’s only a matter of time before one of his favorite sayings comes to the fore: Leaders eat last. That said, he’s helped put plenty on the table for all to enjoy, in his capacity as a vice president and U.S. general counsel of […]

Tim Hirsch – Gwynnie Bee

Est. reading time: 4 mins

He’s lived in Paris and Brussels and Cambridge and visited countless countries besides. Since 2011, he’s made his career and home in New York City, always in awe of the city’s cultural fusions. And yet, Timothy Hirsch has seldom seen an idea this inclusive—or this trendsetting. It’s called CaaStle, and Hirsch believes it has the […]

David Wheeler – BBA Aviation

Est. reading time: 4 mins

By all accounts, David Wheeler had it made. Five years after being named senior counsel for General Electric’s (GE) Cincinnati-based aviation division, Wheeler was in a job he loved, working with people he respected, for a company imbued with influence and pride. Still, he couldn’t shake the feeling something was amiss. That for all the […]

Alvaro Martinez – Sodexo (Latin America)

Est. reading time: 5 mins

If you’re reading this, chances are you’ve met a CEO or two. The same goes for general counsels. Even if you haven’t met any, you know about them. Seeing someone wear both hats at once? You might’ve just found a corporate unicorn. Only, you needn’t scour some ethereal forest to find Alvaro Martinez. He’s out […]

Bryan Rowland – Vertex Inc.

Est. reading time: 4 mins

The J.D. was essential. Without it, he wouldn’t have gotten the job. His experience in the tech sector likewise proved crucial. But it was the psychology degree that allowed Bryan Rowland to navigate what, to him, was always the hardest variable to account for: the people he’d be working with. “So much of the information […]

Jason Maxwell – Hines Advisors

Est. reading time: 6 mins

Jason Maxwell wasn’t necessarily an expert at global real estate when he became general counsel at Hines Advisors in 2006, but he’s nothing if not adaptable. Especially when there’s an opportunity to advance his employer as well as himself. “The world is an unpredictable place and you have to be proactive in managing that change,” […]

Steve Hartmann – Freeborn & Peters

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Given how many of our most iconic computer technology brands came of age during the ‘80s and ‘90s, it’s easy to view those bygone times through an almost mythological lens. Steve Hartmann sees things a bit differently. For him, the transformative changes these companies usher in belie the enormous challenges they face—figuring out what they […]

R. Scott Mahoney — AVANGRID

Est. reading time: 5 mins

We tend to take utilities—particularly electricity—for granted: We flip a switch and, so long as we keep our bills up to date, expect the lights to come on. AVANGRID, for its part, is dedicated to keeping things illuminated—and doing so in increasingly efficient ways. One of the country’s largest energy providers, with more than $32 […]

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