Features Region: West

Allen Chiu – Genesys

When you got the Google Calendar invite a few months ago—the one for 11 a.m. titled “Meet with Genesys Chief Compliance Officer Allen Chiu”—you figured the call would take 30 minutes. An hour, tops. Right at 11, the phone rings. It’s your assistant. “Allen Chiu is here,” she says. “Great!” you say. “Patch him in.” […]

Ben Kwakye – Legal Counsel

If there’s one word that comes to mind when talking to Ben Kwakye, it’s resiliency. From surviving a coup d’état with his family in his native Ghana—and the life-changing circumstances that followed—to a 25-year legal career full of twists and turns, Kwakye has—excuse the cliché—seen it all. Now, this veteran attorney and published author is […]

Steve Huang – Silgan Containers LLC

It’s taken some adjustment, Steve Huang says with a chuckle, having gone from 15 years in solar energy to food cans. But with his most recent employer also committed to sustainable and environmentally friendly practices, Huang can find similarities even if he has to think in different terms. “In solar energy, when you talk volume […]

Franco Tenerelli – Landsea Homes

Franco Tenerelli likens the homebuilding business at Landsea Homes to zipping around in a small handy speedboat, darting between a fleet of lumbering, slow-moving ships. “We are able to do things quickly and in a timely manner, more so than our competitors,” says Tenerelli, executive vice president and chief legal officer at the Newport Beach, […]

Kevin Freeman – Electrical Consultants Inc.

“Danger—High Voltage!” “Electric Shock Hazard!” “Live Wires Overhead!” “Electrostatic Sensitive Area!” We’ve all seen the signs tacked to chain-link fences around electrical substations and other electrical equipment. There’s a reason those warnings are there—they’re not just for show. And while the general public often needs reminders about the perils of high-voltage electricity, so, too, do […]

Douglas Coleman – Aerion Supersonic

It was once the epitome of jet-setting, zipping passengers from Paris and London to New York and Washington D.C. and back in about half the time of a conventional commercial flight. Long and sleek, its wings fully molded to its body, and its thin nose section bowed as it landed, the Concorde broke sound barriers […]

Christine Kurek – Activision Blizzard

The Golden State among the most litigious, it might become even more so come the new year when a host of new laws in California go on the books. Christine Kurek, vice president of legal at Activision Blizzard Inc., a publicly traded interactive entertainment company focusing on video games and esports, will be among those […]

Matthew P. Zinn – 8×8 Inc.

In retrospect, it seems to have worked out just fine that Matthew P. Zinn missed out on a summer associate position at a firm in Washington, D.C. after his first year at George Washington University Law School. A recession had lessened the demand for budding lawyers. But the time Zinn would spend painting houses in […]

Ken Friedman – LegalZoom

The concept may seem alien to people of a certain age who prefer signing on the dotted line—because the dotted line is now digital. Yet electronic signatures are becoming the wave of the future as fast as anyone can say “John Hancock.” Electronic signatures are not new, especially to LegalZoom Vice President and Deputy General […]

Ellis Rosenzweig – CyberGRX

That data breaches are invasive, expensive and frightening is not news. What’s less known is that some of the worst breaches—including the 2013 theft of data from the Target retail chain—are not a result of direct hacks. Instead, hackers can work their way into a corporate network or database through their vendors or third parties. […]

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