Features Region: Midwest

Mahrukh Hussain – McDonald’s

Since joining McDonald’s as a real estate lawyer in late 2000, Mahrukh Hussain has accomplished much, most recently serving as interim general counsel and corporate secretary for six months following the resignation of Jerome Krulewitch last fall for health reasons. During her time with the company, she also served for two years as European general […]

Matthew Geekie – Graybar

When Matthew Geekie was a trial lawyer, he loved being in front of a judge and jury. But, despite finding fulfillment in helping people, his relationships with clients were short-lived and he longed for more meaningful connections. Now, as senior vice president, secretary and general counsel for Graybar, Geekie, who’s also on the company’s board, […]

Michael Medved – BBQ Holdings

The most stressful 48 hours of Michael Medved’s professional life have given way to growth pains. Not only has his employer, Minnetonka, Minnesota-headquartered BBQ Holdings, survived the pandemic that shuttered so many competing eateries, its revenues have grown, its stock value has quadrupled, and its portfolio has expanded. But it easily could have gone the […]

Matt Nolan – Safeguard Medical

Matt Nolan’s life likely was spared by first responders using equipment available through a new company he now works for. It’s called Safeguard Medical, and he can vouch for its necessity. For it was in June 2019 when Nolan, then a young lawyer, was struck by a car while jogging near his home in Chicago. […]

Marchelle E. Moore – Encova Insurance

Marchelle E. Moore remembers the day in 2005 when she met Bill Lhota at the Central Ohio Transit Authority. As she recalls, employees were in awe of him given his career as a CEO in public transportation and his work with American Electric Power for more than three decades. But for Moore, as COTA’s senior […]

Mike Watters – Essentia Health

As a student at the University of Michigan and before beginning a professional baseball career, Mike Watters remembers learning to manage stress as a second baseman. That ability to keep a cool head when runners were circling the bases and be a team member served Watters in life—well beyond his accolades as a player who […]

Mark Baggio – Vistex, Inc.

Every company knows the importance of the bottom line. Far fewer realize walking that line is like traversing a tightrope without a net. Founded in 1999 by Sanjay Shah, Vistex develops software and solutions to help companies address the bottom line by taking control of complex programs and data and centralizing them into pre-configured dashboards. […]

Michelle Carter Pierce – Centria Healthcare

Like most companies, Centria Healthcare’s operations were turned upside down in more ways than one by the emergence of COVID-19—especially when it came to new pandemic-related rules and regulations, which seem to change by the day. Michelle Carter Pierce was right in the thick of it. As general counsel for Michigan-based Centria Healthcare, she’s been […]

Mark Katz – Ryan Specialty Group

There were three important business concepts Mark Katz learned sitting around the family dinner table with his father, a New York City deli owner: hard work and sacrifice; the importance of straight talk; and the value of transparency. Those early lessons have served Katz well. The result? Less than a year after transitioning from a […]

Molly McCoy – Astellas Pharma US

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 […]

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