Features Region: Midwest

On cybersecurity, he means business

First and foremost a business guy with law and finance degrees, William Croutch never knows what will wind up on his to-do list each morning when he reports to Optiv Security Inc.’s largest office in Overland Park, Kansas. As senior vice president and head of the cybersecurity firm’s legal department Croutch oversees a team that […]

Abercrombie & Kent

In the words of its loquacious general counsel, Michael Ellis, Abercrombie and Kent sells dreams. “Not only are we helping our guests tick off their bucket lists, in luxury, but we are creating new bucket list trips,” he told Vanguard this past summer. The venerable tour operator has been arranging the highest of high-end vacations […]

Follett Corporation

One of the best lessons Mark Sproat ever learned wasn’t at Loyola University Chicago School of Law; it came well after establishing himself as a capable and ambitious in-house lawyer at the former Hewitt Associates, an Illinois-based human capital, outsourcing and management consulting firm that became Aon Hewitt following its 2010 acquisition by the British […]

QBE North America

Hindsight is 20/20, and in the rearview mirror Jose Ramon Gonzalez looks through, his career trajectory makes perfect sense. Always intrigued by finances and international work, the Columbia University-trained attorney found himself working in New York for AIG—then the world’s largest insurer—helping a startup in London build from scratch, and now, walking a middle path, […]

Duo Security

At a certain point in their careers, many attorneys find themselves at a crossroads. They’ve paid their dues in law firms and spent time working in large, corporate settings. Then, the job starts to feel like just that, a job. Such lawyers, a breed driven to do more, begin to look around, to question. Peter […]

DHL Supply Chain Americas

“It’s all about supporting the business and the team,” is the natural response of Mark A. Smolik when asked what excites him about his role as general counsel and chief compliance officer of DHL’s supply chain operations in the Americas. “As a company, we go to great lengths to provide service excellence to our customers, […]

Sbarro

The owner of a casual, family-style Italian restaurant in North Canton, Ohio, Mark Inzetta knows the recipe for success in the risky endeavor of serving food to customers and hoping they’ll make a habit out of coming back often. His restaurant—Mama Guzzardi’s—is noted for its mouth-watering lasagna, but that alone won’t keep the place viable. […]

GPD Group

Jackie Bennett may be young for a general counsel, but she got her start in the engineering industry at the far younger age of 10, so she’s never been one to let her freshness hold her back. Bennett’s father was an engineer and, as a kid, she spent her summers at the engineering firm, doing […]

Well-suited to a progressive corporate culture

Fitting in with corporate culture is a key to success anywhere, especially at a company that prides itself on outfitting over 5 million people a day with practical and attractive uniforms that suit their lines of work. Maybe it’s the dark pants and brightly colored polo shirts you see on the young people behind the […]

Chicago State University

In 2014, when Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner slashed funding for the state’s public colleges and universities, Chicago State University (CSU), which serves approximately 7,000 students, primarily from the city’s South Side, found itself on the brink of closure. In an attempt to keep the university’s doors open, Patrick Cage found himself in the unenviable position […]

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