11 July 2018

Around the house

Major in-house signings this month include Allison Junoy, who joins soccer club Paris St Germain as general counsel, timely!

As French wunderkind Kylian Mbappé gets ready for the World Cup Final, his domestic club Paris Saint-Germain has signed Allison Junoy as their new directrice juridique. She takes charge of all legal business for the football club, as well as handball and judo. Ms Junoy started her legal career in M&A at De Pardieu Brocas Maffei before moving to Freshfields and then going in-house at Teleperformance as directrice juridique, followed by groupe Sigfox.

Janus Henderson Group has promoted Michelle Rosenberg to the position of general counsel and company secretary of Janus Henderson Investors. Ms Rosenberg has been with the asset manager since 2003. She now oversees the firm’s legal and internal audit functions and reports to co-CEOs Richard Weil and Andrew Formica. She will be a member of the firm’s executive committee and based primarily in Denver, Colorado. Before joining Janus Henderson in 2003, Ms Rosenberg worked at Fidelity Management & Research Company.

Texas-based CVR Energy has hired Melissa Buhrig as executive vice president, general counsel and secretary. Ms Buhrig now serves CVR Energy’s petroleum subsidiary, CVR Refining, and for the general partner of its nitrogen fertilizer subsidiary, CVR Partners. These appointments took effect on July 2. In her new position, Buhrig leads all corporate legal functions and provides strategic legal counsel for CVR Energy and its subsidiaries. She most recently served as executive vice president, general counsel and secretary for Delek US Holdings and the general partner of Delek Logistics Partners.

Fast-growing Rubrik has hired its first chief legal officer. Peter McGoff, formerly of Box, will lead the company’s global legal and compliance functions, with a focus on expanding into international markets and developing a compliance and governance framework. Over the past fiscal year, the cloud data management company has tripled its employee count, quadrupled its customer base and there are hints it may be headed towards and IPO.

Former US department of justice counsel Scott Schools has been tapped to join Uber as chief compliance officer. Mr Schools stepped down from his post as associate deputy attorney general and adviser to deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein last Thursday. While at the DOJ, he is reported to have been influential in probe into the Trump campaign and its connections to Russia. Mr Schools told the Wall Street Journal that Uber started courting him in February. Part of his remit will include helping Uber deal with issues that have tarnished public image of late.

CKE Restaurants Holdings, parent company of Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s, has hired Kerry Olson as their new chief legal officer. Ms Olson, a veteran in the  quick-service restaurant industry, has worked in legal departments at both Buffalo Wild Wings and Dairy Queen. She has been promoted from within, having formerly been an in-house attorney.

Pharma group GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has hired a new data privacy counsel, Catherine Baena Martínez. Ms Martínez is the former legal and data privacy counsel for Latin America at financial services provider PayU.

Molly Brown has joined Heartland Bank as senior vice president and general counsel. In her new role, Ms Brown will manage Heartland’s legal affairs and lead efforts to facilitate growth through acquisitions. She has a wide-ranging background in advising both community-oriented and super-regional financial institutions, and brings extensive leadership experience as both in-house and outside counsel. Ms Brown has served as the president of the Society of Corporate Governance, Ohio Chapter.

Insurance Australia Group (IAG) has revealed that its group general counsel and company secretary Chris Bertuch has decided to leave the company, effective Sept. 30. Mr Bertuch, who joined IAG in 2011, made the decision while on ‘extended leave’ from the company. IAG said Rebecca Farrell will continue in the role of acting group general counsel and company secretary while an internal and external search takes place for Mr Bertuch’s replacement.

Centuria Capital Group has appointed Anna Kovarik as their new general counsel and company secretary. Prior to joining Centuria, Ms Kovarik was group risk manager at Mirvac Group. Before this she was head of group insurance for AMP and general counsel and company secretary at AMP Capital Brookfield.

Builders Insurance Group has named a new SVP, general counsel & secretary. The residential and light commercial construction insurer has appointed J. Stephen Berry to the role, succeeding Craig Edwards who will retire this month. Mr Berry was most recently a partner at Dentons US, leading the insurance team of the firm’s Atlanta office. He was named as one of the 'best lawyers in America' and in the Georgia superlawyers' list, and authored the Georgia Property and Liability Insurance Law (West, 2012).