Features April 2020

Molly McCoy – Astellas Pharma US

Est. reading time: 5 mins

The lessons have taken her far. She’s been senior leader in the legal departments for industry giants including Sandoz and Mallinckrodt, and she’s crisscrossed the country as her career grew. McCoy now works outside Chicago, guiding Astellas Pharma’s U.S. commercial legal team. But in spring 2020, her typical day’s work was anything but as the […]

Jeffrey C. Pepe – Silverback Therapeutics

Est. reading time: 5 mins

Talk to Jeffrey C. Pepe and it’s obvious he’s as much scientist as legal boss of Seattle-based biopharmaceutical startup Silverback Therapeutics, advancing potent first-in-kind immunotherapies. He’ll put in layman’s terms the complex immunotherapies Silverback anticipates bringing into the clinic later this year. If all goes well—and that’s an issue considering how COVID-19 threatens to set […]

Andrew Burke – Barton & Associates Inc.

Est. reading time: 5 mins

Locum tenens is not a legal term that trips lightly off the tongue. But the Latin phrase can mean a great deal to people in need of health or spiritual care—it refers to someone who temporarily fills a staffing need, especially as a physician or clergy. Barton & Associates Inc. does not supply the latter, […]

Emma Channing — Satis Group LLC

Est. reading time: 5 mins

Emma Channing says about 70 percent of Americans have less than $5,000 in their 401(k) accounts—and that’s not OK. In fact, the CEO and general counsel of Satis Group says the numbers amount to a ticking time bomb. The casualties? They’re more likely to be women—and those earning less income. That situation is among the […]

Jonathan Feldman – Rubicon Project

Est. reading time: 5 mins

While Jonathan Feldman is in the process of working himself out of an enviable position, he doesn’t take it personally. It’s just an inherent risk an in-house lawyer assumes in an economy where mergers and acquisitions—and the ensuing personnel changes—are facts of business life, he says. Such are the consequences of the April 1 merger […]

Keith Petersen – Gimbal

Est. reading time: 4 mins

It’s been quite a ride, these past few years, says Keith Petersen. That seems like an understatement from the young general counsel who since 2017 has led the legal function for Gimbal, an emerging leader in mobile advertising and marketing. Just a few years ago, Gimbal was just another Southern California tech startup, but in […]

Kristin Caldwell – LaCalle Group

Est. reading time: 4 mins

When COVID-19 broke across the United States this spring, there was one thing that the team at LaCalle Group had little trouble adjusting to: working remotely. It’s certainly been useful for the parent company of virtual online educational learning sites. Operating remotely, it’s home to AudiologyOnline, SpeechPathology.com, OccupationalTherapy.com, PhysicalTherapy.com, continued Early Childhood Education and Simucase. […]

Ariadna Padilla – Takeda Pharmaceutical

Est. reading time: 4 mins

It’s an instance where the new kid on the block really needs someone with experience to help show them the ropes. But as Japan-based Takeda Pharmaceutical enhanced its presence in the Latin and South American markets through its acquisition of Irish-based Shire, the former Shire regional legal team led by Legal Counsel Ariadna Padilla finds […]

Gareth Carline – Heli-One

Est. reading time: 5 mins

When he was in private practice, Gareth Carline regularly wondered why so many corporate clients waited so long to seek professional advice. “I was often thinking, ‘if you had talked to me earlier, we could have avoided this problem,’” he tells Vanguard in March. The past seven years, Carline hasn’t had to be so reactive, […]

Jennifer Chung – AccuWeather

Est. reading time: 5 mins

For nearly 60 years, AccuWeather has belied one of Bob Dylan’s most iconic lyrics: “You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows.” What began as a service in central Pennsylvania disseminating localized weather forecasts has blown up like an all-encompassing low-pressure front. Today, AccuWeather forecasts are found online, in print, over […]

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