Features Region: Europe

Neil Falis – Willis Towers Watson

In his 15 years with Willis Towers Watson, Neil Falis has seen the company through three multi-billion-dollar deals. The latest—with longtime competitor Aon—is different, though. Combining the two companies will create the largest brokerage firm in the world. The $30 billion deal is exciting, Falis says, not only because of the scope, but because of […]

Karina Cerdà – Ferrero Group

Karina Cerdà remembers sitting in her Barcelona office in early 2019 when a call came from a fellow company attorney in Luxembourg. Little did she know that her day job—head of legal for Italian confectioner Ferrero—was about to include a covert project that would compel her to secrecy. Even before Cerdà could listen to the […]

Paolo Scortichini – Maserati

Maserati makes cars that are fast, decadently luxurious—and now, electric. The Italian auto manufacturer made news in 2020 by announcing its vehicles will be all electrified within the next five years, following a global trend away from gasoline-powered cars. Steering that drive is CEO Davide Grasso, who served as chief marketing officer at Nike, then […]

Shahin Timdarazar – GKN Automotive

When Shahin Timdarazar started his job at GKN Automotive in January of 2019, it was pretty clear what his manager was expecting: change. In the wake of its acquisition in 2018—when the UK-headquartered company that once made Minis and Spitfires was bought by Melrose Industries—a firm known to buy, improve and sell manufacturing outfits—change was […]

Ashley Slavik – Veeva Systems Inc.

She’s traveled a long way for her home and career, but that was always part of the plan for Ashley Slavik. Although becoming a privacy thought leader was not her original objective, the chief privacy officer and lead data counsel for Veeva Systems Inc., is now known for her passion and expertise on a hot […]

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– Kevin C. Rakowski, Senior Vice President, Deputy General Counsel, Compliance with Radian Group Inc.
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– Wade Poulson, General Counsel, Bob Baker Enterprises Inc.
As promised in advance, my feature in Vanguard has increased my visibility within the profession and prompted more than a few people I have not communicated with recently to reconnect. One of the Italian law firms I have used in the past is now in the process of interviewing me for an article on their website and tweeting out the feature story. Activity and the number of people connecting with me on LinkedIn has soared, which is great. The Vanguard writers and editorial staff were great to work with—highly professional and made the effort to make the experience both fun and rewarding (they were also respectful of the time pressures and demands all lawyers face). I was very pleased with the experience and the final outcome. Needless to say, I have been very pleased. All in all working with Vanguard has been a very positive experience which generated good publicity for both Shawcor and myself. My sincere thanks.
– Tim Hutzul, General Counsel, ShawCor Ltd.
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– Henry Marquard, in-house counsel, Stanley Consultants Inc.

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