Features September 2020

Aaron Spira – Whirlpool Corporation

Call it the largest game of international whack-a-mole you can think of, involving washing machines, trade policy, tariffs and more. It was—and still is—an interesting time at Whirlpool Corporation, says Vice President and Deputy General Counsel Aaron Spira. Presently, he and his team tend to matters including global litigation, procurement, mergers and acquisitions, tariffs and […]

B. Nichoel Casey – Willamette Valley Bank

What is your “core why?” Nichoel Casey adopted this guiding question and principle from motivational speaker Simon Sinek, using it regularly in her work at Willamette Valley Bank, member FDIC. Her “core why?” Successfully leading a business with an integrated risk management approach, she says. That is: Financial institutions should explore integrating the responsibilities of […]

Buren Jones – Indiana Farmers Mutual Insurance Company

It turns out that being a musician and successfully practicing corporate law are not as diametrically opposed as they may seem. When well executed, both require innovation and collaboration, particularly if the companies (or musicians) are looking to grow. So while the career of Buren Jones, vice president and general counsel of Indiana Farmers Mutual […]

Catherine Ouellet-Dupuis – GSoft

The COVID-19 pandemic has decimated industries and businesses around the world, but at GSoft in Montreal, business is booming. Not surprising, when the entire company is focused on enabling smarter workplaces, and directly helps employees who work from home stay connected to the office. When the coronavirus crisis forced GSoft to move to a remote […]

Cordell Jung – NCS Pearson Inc.

Got to ensure the legitimacy of professional certifications. Someone’s safety might depend on it. So reminds Cordell Jung, senior vice president and general counsel of Assessments, a division of Minnesota-based Pearson. Catching and prosecuting those who cheat on exams or steal intellectual property is among the many roles of his legal team that manages globally […]

Darron J. Flagg – PowerSchool

Secure in a choice legal role for 14 years at Intel Corp., Darron J. Flagg was deeply moved by a humanitarian trip as part of a team installing tech into a school in rural India. This, combined with a desire for a managerial position, intrigued Flagg when he saw an opportunity at PowerSchool in late […]

Dr. Mark Kokes – NantWorks

It’s not a topic familiar to most Americans, but for those working in the field of biologics, it’s a rule of engagement when filing a patent. Welcome to the world of the Budapest Treaty. As Dr. Mark Kokes, chief intellectual property officer at NantWorks, explains, U.S. patent laws practically require that biotech inventors deposit their […]

Gavin Wise – Lionsgate Television and Starz Entertainment

In a 1996 essay, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates famously said that “content is king.” But what happens when a global pandemic effectively keeps movie and television studios around the world from producing that content? “Luckily for Starz, we’ve got enough content to last for a while, but not everyone is as fortunate,” says Gavin Wise, […]

Gregory Orleski – Pharmascience

Within the pharmaceutical industry, one might say that Gregory Orleski has seen it all in a career spanning more than 20 years. But his fascination for business keeps him coming back for more. That was certainly the case with Montreal-based Pharmascience Inc. Initially joining as a business development advisor, a role he held from 2011-2015, […]

Jason Wilcock – Centuri Group Inc.

They aren’t looking over their shoulders, but construction crews at the various operating companies under Centuri Group Inc. are getting accustomed to seeing Jason Wilcock checking out the jobsite conditions, getting to know people and troubleshooting, if need be. As the company’s executive vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary, Wilcock could easily stay put […]

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