Features September 2020

Lori Dobbie – HyLife

Est. reading time: 5 mins

From its beginnings as a hog production operation on the plains of Manitoba, HyLife has become a vertically integrated global company serving North America and Asia with exports to more than 20 countries. And though HyLife General Counsel Lori Dobbie has not been with the company since it was founded in La Broquerie in 1994 […]

Cordell Jung – NCS Pearson Inc.

Est. reading time: 6 mins

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 […]

Dr. Mark Kokes – NantWorks

Est. reading time: 5 mins

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 […]

Jason Wilcock – Centuri Group Inc.

Est. reading time: 5 mins

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 […]

Gavin Wise – Lionsgate Television and Starz Entertainment

Est. reading time: 5 mins

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

Est. reading time: 5 mins

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, […]

Jordan Goodman – Mark Andy Inc.

Est. reading time: 5 mins

Sometimes the circumstances are just right. Not long after Jordan Goodman relocated from Chicago to St. Louis, the investment group in which he was involved was looking to acquire the world’s leading manufacturer of narrow-web printing and finishing equipment. Following the acquisition, Goodman became the general counsel and vice president of human resources for the […]

Joe Fox – Celanese

Est. reading time: 5 mins

Raised by a single mother in a blue-collar family in South Philadelphia, Joe Fox recalls having numerous close relatives who were active with labor unions, including the International Brotherhood of Teamsters and the International Garment Workers Union. He jokes that, “In one way, it was sort of like a family business.” And he shares this […]

B. Nichoel Casey – Willamette Valley Bank

Est. reading time: 4 mins

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 […]

Juan Alberto Rivera – Beam Suntory Mexico

Est. reading time: 4 mins

It’s a situation that many have experienced during the COVID-19 pandemic. Whether out of work, stressed or devastated by the loss of a loved one, housebound people all over the world have been turning to an age-old method for easing their anxiety: having a drink. Mexico is no different in that regard. With one big […]

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