04 October 2017

Around the house

A weekly round-up of moves around the globe.

The US arm of Big Four audit firm KPMG has appointed Tonya Robinson to the post of general counsel.  She succeeds Joseph Loonan, who has been with KPMG for over 30 years and has held the position of general counsel for the past 12 years. Mr Loonan remains at KPMG as special counsel to the chairman. 'Tonya is a very talented and experienced attorney, with a distinguished career and proven track record,' said Lynne Doughtie, chairman and CEO of KPMG. 'She will oversee our Office of General Counsel, a strong group of professionals that Joe Loonan has built and led since 2005. We are very pleased to have Tonya at the Firm, and look forward to her contributions.' Ms Robinson joins KPMG from the position as acting general counsel of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development in Washington DC. Earlier, she was a partner in the law firm WilmerHale in Washington, DC before joining President Obama's Domestic Policy Council as Special Assistant to the President for Justice and Regulatory Policy. Earlier in her career, Ms Robinson served the US Senate Committee on the Judiciary as Counsel to Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Crime & Drugs, Joe Biden

Global investigative services agency CoventBridge Group has appointed Kate Bongiovanni as its general counsel. Ms Bongiovanni comes to CoventBridge from in-house legal counsel roles at Wounded Warrior Project, a leading veterans service organisation and Adecco Group NA, a multinational staffing firm. Prior to her in-house roles, Ms. Bongiovanni was an a lawyer with Smith, Gambrell & Russell, specialising in ERISA and employee benefits matters. CoventBridge is backed by the London-based Harwood Capital and has offices in Florida, Pennsylvania, California, London and Dublin.

US Health and wellness company LifeVantage Corporation has appointed Kevin McMurray as its general counsel. Mr McMurray brings over 25 years of legal expertise to LifeVantage where he will be responsible for leading the legal department and serving as counsel to the board. Prior to joining LifeVantage, Mr McMurray served as assistant general counsel at USANA Health Sciences since 2004. While at USANA, he helped implement its first distributor compliance program while playing an integral role in the company's expansion into new international markets. Mr McMurray also served as associate general counsel for Unicity International and assistant general counsel for Shaklee Corporation

US company Parsons has promoted Mike Kolloway to the role of general counsel. Mr Kolloway will replace Sonny Ellis who is set to retire in 2018. Mr Ellis has held the position of senior vice president, general counsel, and secretary since 2008. He will remain at the company as chief legal advisor, supporting specific corporate responsibilities. Mr Kolloway most recently served as Parsons’ vice president and deputy general counsel for the Americas. Prior to joining Parsons in 2016, he spent 15 years at Aecom, where he served as senior corporate vice president and assistant general counsel for operations. He was also acting general counsel. Before he went in-house, he worked for Chicago-based law firm, Rock, Fusco and Garvey.

Live Ventures Incorporated has announced the appointment of Michael Stein as its new senior vice president and general counsel. Mr Stein joins Live Ventures from law firm DLA Piper, where he was a partner in the corporate and securities group in Washington, DC and Baltimore. Prior to DLA Piper, Mr Stein served as associate chief counsel – transactional at Caesars Entertainment Corporation, and senior vice president, deputy general counsel and corporate compliance officer at Everi Holdings. 'Live Ventures has a unique business model focused on acquiring diverse companies and managing them under the single Live Ventures umbrella,' said Mr. Stein. 'I’m looking forward to the challenges and opportunities that will allow me to contribute to the continued growth and success of the company.'