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Speaker(s): Bjarne Tellmann, Carole Basri, Cynthia Lo Bessette, David Boyd Booker, Debra Hampson, Deidra D. Gold, Edwin A. Machuca, Emma-Ann Deacon, J. Keith Morgan, Jim Snyder, Kenneth P. Mortensen, Lori Zyskowski, Lucy Fato, Michael J. Parini, Michael R. Caplan, Nishat S. Ruiter, Pierre M. Gentin, Pilar S. Ramos, Rachel Barnett, Raymond J. Dorado, Ricardo A. Anzaldua, Roya Behnia, Sarah Hlavinka McConnell, Scott A. Barshay, Thomas A. Russo
Recorded on: Oct. 5, 2016
PLI Program #: 149309

Deidra Gold is the Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Wolters Kluwer United States Inc. and various affiliated domestic Wolters Kluwer companies.  In that role, she serves as the chief legal officer for the Company’s operations throughout the Americas.  She also oversees legal work on various multi-national projects for Wolters Kluwer N.V. and is a member of its Senior Management Council.

Headquartered in the Netherlands, Wolters Kluwer N.V. is a global leader in professional information services and solutions, serving customers in over 180 countries, with 2015 annual revenues of approximately €4.2 billion and more than 19,000 employees worldwide.  The Company provides information-enabled tools and software solutions for professionals in the health, tax and accounting, risk and compliance, finance and legal sectors under well-known brand names such as: CCH®, Aspen Publishers, CT Corporation System, Corsearch®, ELM Solutions, Wolters Kluwer Health, UpToDate®, Lexi-Comp®, Pharmacy OneSource®, ProVation® Medical, Ovid®, Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins, Wolters Kluwer Financial Services, FRS Global, Gainskeeper® and ARC Logics®. Its shares are listed on Euronext Amsterdam (WKL) and are included in the AEX and Euronext 100 indices.

Before joining Wolters Kluwer in late 2005, Deidra served as an executive officer of a number of public companies and as a partner in two law firms.  Beginning in late 2001, she was the Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of United Stationers Inc., a NASDAQ Fortune 500 wholesale distributor of office, technology and other B2B products and supplies.  Prior to that, from early 2000, she was the Vice President and General Counsel of eLoyalty (now Mattersight) Corporation, a publicly traded technology services and enterprise behavioral analytics software and solutions company.

In early 1998, Deidra joined Ameritech Corporation, formerly a Chicago-based, NYSE-traded communications company, as its Corporate Secretary and a senior securities law/M&A counsel.  Given her uncanny sense of timing, in addition to her role in working with Ameritech’s Board of Directors, she spent much of her tenure on corporate/securities law and benefit plan matters in connection with Ameritech’s late 1999 acquisition by SBC Communications.  Prior to joining Ameritech, after relocating to Chicago, she served as a principal (partner) in the Chicago firm of Goldberg, Kohn, where she specialized in corporate transactional and securities law matters.

From 1991 until 1997, Deidra served as the Vice President and General Counsel of Premier Industrial Corporation, a NYSE-traded electronics and industrial distribution company headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio. In that role, she served on Premier’s Senior Management Committee and was responsible for its worldwide legal affairs, including its April 1996 acquisition by Farnell Electronics, a British public company, and combination into Premier Farnell plc.

Prior to her tenure at Premier, Deidra worked in the Cleveland office of the global law firm of Jones Day.  She was a Jones Day partner from January 1988, focusing primarily on M&A and securities law matters.  She began her legal career as an associate attorney in the New York City law firm of Chadbourne & Parke, concentrating on corporate finance matters.

Deidra has a bachelor’s degree from Wellesley College, a J.D. from Columbia University School of Law, and an M.B.A. from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.  She is admitted to the Illinois, New York and Ohio State Bars and is a member of numerous national, state and local Chicago legal and other professional organizations.

Bjarne P. Tellmann is Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Pearson PLC, the world's leading education business. A FTSE 40 company with 40,000 employees in over 70 countries, Pearson provides a range of education products and services to institutions, governments and individual learners.  The company recently sold its media interests, including The Financial Times and The Economist, but retains an interest in consumer publishing as co-owner of Penguin Random House. At Pearson, Mr. Tellmann leads a global legal team of approximately 170 people across six continents.

Mr. Tellmann previously served in various capacities at The Coca-Cola Company, including Associate General Counsel, General Counsel Asia-Pacific, and General Counsel Japan. Prior to that, he was Deputy General Counsel of Coca-Cola HBC, one of the world’s largest independent bottling groups, with 550 million consumers in 28 countries spanning Russia, Eurasia, Europe and Africa. Mr. Tellmann also held legal positions at Kimberly-Clark and at the law firms of Sullivan & Cromwell LLP and White & Case LLP in various locations in Europe and the United States.

Mr. Tellmann was recently recognized as a "2016 Legend in Law" winner of The Burton Awards, which are held in association with the Library of Congress and co-sponsored by the American Bar Association. He was also included in the 2016 UK GC PowerList, which focuses on general counsel in the UK and Europe. The Lawyer magazine named him as one of its “Hot 100” lawyers in 2015 and profiled him in a cover article in May 2015. The Pearson legal team was recently shortlisted for the second year running by The Lawyer Awards as “Technology/Media/Telecoms Team of the Year”.

Mr. Tellmann is a frequent speaker, panelist and lecturer in the US and Europe and publishes regularly.

Originally from Norway, Mr. Tellmann is a member of the New York and Georgia Bars and is a qualified Solicitor in England and Wales. He holds a Juris Doctor with Honors from The University of Chicago, a M.Sc. (Econ.) from The London School of Economics and a PG Dip. with Merit in European Competition Law from King's College, University of London. He received his B.A., Summa cum Laude from Boston University.

Carole Basri is an adjunct professor at Fordham University School of Law and a visiting professor at Peking University School of Transactional Law. She helped to create the Corporate Compliance program at Fordham Law School, which includes a certificate and LLM in Corporate Compliance that launched in 2012.

Ms. Basri is a graduate of Barnard College and NYU School of Law, where she was a member of its National Moot Court Team. She then joined the Federal Government, where she was an Assistant Counsel with the United States Senate Antitrust and Monopoly Subcommittee and an attorney with the Federal Trade Commission. She later became in-house counsel with the advertising agency, NW Ayer Inc., and left to become an associate, first with Baker & McKenzie and then with Hall Dickler Lawler Kent and Friedman. Ms. Basri then became in-house counsel with Maidenform Inc. and a consultant with the Perrier Group Inc. From 1994 to 2002, she was a consultant to Deloitte & Touche LLP, where she helped to create its Ethics and Compliance practice. During this time, she also served as General Counsel of China On Line Inc.

Ms. Basri was the Senior Vice President of B3 Legal, a national legal and compliance staffing company that provides, among other things, attorneys and compliance professionals to serve as in-house counsel attorneys and Compliance Officers at financial institutions.  In addition, she has been Executive Director of the Greater NY Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) for over 10 years (until September 2006).

Ms. Basri is also President of the Corporate Lawyering Group LLC, which advises on corporate compliance programs. She has created comprehensive compliance and ethics programs for major corporations, including the Dunn & Bradstreet Corporation, Cendant, Benjamin Moore & Co. and Dannon Inc. These programs were all launched within nine months and, in many cases, in multiple languages and locations. She also provides advice on law department management, document retention and corporate governance issues.

Carolina Academic Press just published two casebooks by Ms. Basri: Corporate Legal Departments and Corporate Compliance. 

David Boyd Booker is a New York corporate attorney specializing in specialized capital markets transactions.  He is currently a Managing Director and Senior Counsel and the Head of Derivatives, Repo and Securities Lending Sales and Trading for the Americas – Legal at the New York office of Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank.  Previously Mr. Booker practiced for several years in the New York legal department of Credit Suisse.  In addition, prior to going in-house, he practiced for a number of years in New York with the law firm Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy and then the law firm Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker.  Mr. Booker holds a BA from Wesleyan University and a JD from Cornell Law School. 

Emma Deacon serves as a Director and Ethics Officer within the Citi Ethics Office.  Her areas of expertise include legal and regulatory compliance, internal investigations, corporate governance policies and procedures, and compliance learning. 

In her current role, Emma manages the revision and issuance of Citi’s global Code of Conduct.  Emma also develops Code of Conduct trainings to be delivered to all Citi personnel and non-employees, and administers reporting to global business units, senior management, and to Citi’s Board of Directors.  Emma also supervises the investigation of matters referred to the Citi Ethics Office, analyzing investigative actions, evidence gathered, the independence of the subsequent investigation and the sufficiency of disciplinary or corrective action taken.  Emma also is a stakeholder for the creation and adoption of Citi global policies.

Prior to joining Citigroup in 2012, Emma was an attorney with the law firm of Willkie Farr & Gallagher in New York City, where she focused on complex commercial litigation and internal investigations.

Emma received her BA summa cum laude in history and comparative literature from New York University.  She earned her law degree, magna cum laude, from New York University School of Law.

Jim Snyder is currently the President of Global Mobile, LLC, a technology startup based in Atlanta Georgia that is bringing mobile technology solutions to the voting industry. Previously, he was the SVP and General Counsel for Family Dollar Stores from 2009 until the completion of the company’s merger with Dollar Tree in July of 2015. At Family Dollar, he was responsible for the Legal and Risk Management Departments, as well as the Company’s compliance and governmental affairs functions. During his tenure at Family Dollar, the Company was faced with multiple activist campaigns including campagins by some of the top activists on Wall Street including Carl Icahn, Trian Partners, Pershing Square (Bill Ackmann), John Paulson, and Elliott Partners. Ultimately, the Company was able to successfully complete the sale despite a hostile bid by a competitor and a proxy campaign to replace the board.

Prior to joining Family Dollar, Jim worked with The Home Depot in Atlanta, Georgia from 2001 – 2009. At Home Depot he oversaw the litigation and risk management functions with responsibility for all commercial, general liability litigation as well as insurance design and procurement. Prior to working with Home Depot he was a Litigation Partner at King & Spalding where he focused on advising clients on complex litigation matters, regulatory compliance issues and corporate compliance programs.

Mr. Snyder graduated from Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC, and received his law degree with honors from the George Washington University Law School.

Lori Zyskowski is a partner in Gibson Dunn’s New York office and Co-Chair of the Firm’s Securities Regulation and Corporate Governance Practice Group. Ms. Zyskowski advises public companies and their boards of directors on corporate governance matters, securities disclosure and compliance issues, executive compensation practices, and shareholder engagement and activism matters.

Ms. Zyskowski advises clients, including public companies and their boards of directors, on corporate governance and securities disclosure matters, with a focus on Securities and Exchange Commission reporting requirements, proxy statements, annual shareholders meetings, director independence issues, and executive compensation disclosure best practices.  Ms. Zyskowski also advises on board succession planning and board evaluations and has considerable experience advising nonprofit organizations on governance matters.

Before joining Gibson Dunn, for over a decade Ms. Zyskowski served as internal securities and corporate counsel at several large publicly traded companies, including most recently at General Electric Company.  Her in-house experience provides a unique insight and perspective on the issues that her clients face every day. 

Ms. Zyskowski is a frequent speaker on governance, proxy and securities disclosure panels and is very active in the corporate governance community. She is a former member of the board of directors of the Society for Corporate Governance and served as the President of its New York Chapter from 2016-2017.

She graduated from Columbia University School of Law in 1996 and was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. Ms. Zyskowski received her undergraduate degree from Harvard University.


Lucy Fato leads AIG's Global Legal, Compliance and Regulatory groups. She is also Global Head of Communications and Government Affairs, overseeing the company’s internal and external communications, public policy and sustainability efforts.

Prior to joining AIG, Ms. Fato was Managing Director, Head of the Americas & General Counsel of Nardello & Co., a global private investigative firm, where she remains on the Advisory Board.

Previously, Ms. Fato was Executive Vice President & General Counsel of McGraw Hill Financial (now known as S&P Global). Prior to joining McGraw Hill Financial, Ms. Fato was Vice President, Deputy General Counsel & Corporate Secretary at Marsh & McLennan Companies. Ms. Fato began her legal career at the law firm Davis Polk & Wardwell where she spent fourteen years, including five as a partner in the capital markets group.

Ms. Fato is a member of the Department of Financial Services (DFS) State Insurance Advisory Board and a member of the Life Insurance Council of NY (LICONY) Board of Directors.

Each year since 2018, Ms. Fato has been included in NACD Directorship magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people in the boardroom community, including directors, corporate governance experts, regulators and advisors. In 2015 and 2017, she was named by Ethisphere magazine as one of the “Attorneys Who Matter” for her dedication to furthering corporate ethics.

Ms. Fato serves on the Board of Directors of Advocates for Children of New York, a non-profit organization that works on behalf of children who are at greatest risk for school-based discrimination and/or academic failure to ensure a high-quality education. She also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Randall’s Island Park Alliance, a non-profit organization that works with the City of New York and local communities to maintain the park for the wellbeing of all New Yorkers. Additionally, she serves as a member of the Board of the Coalition for the Homeless, the nation’s oldest advocacy and direct service organization helping homeless men, women and children.

Michael J. Parini is Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer at Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated.  He is a member of Vertex's Executive Committee, reporting directly to Jeffrey Leiden, M.D., Ph.D., Vertex's Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer.

Mr. Parini joined Vertex after more than a decade at Pfizer Inc. where he served in multiple leadership roles within the company's global legal team.  Most recently, he served as Senior Vice President and Associate General Counsel and was responsible for the strategic management of Pfizer's global litigation activities, including civil, intellectual property, government and employment litigation. He also served as Chief Counsel for multiple key business units within Pfizer, advising Pfizer's leadership team on key business issues related to investment decisions, patent disputes, global pricing strategies and commercial operations activities, among other responsibilities.

Prior to Pfizer, Mr. Parini served as a health care attorney at Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, L.L.P. in Washington, D.C., where he provided legal counsel on federal and state regulatory and policy issues.

Mr. Parini is a member of the New York and District of Columbia bars. He received a bachelor’s degree in American government from Georgetown University and a law degree from Georgetown University Law.

Mike Caplan serves as the firm’s chief operating officer. As COO, Mr. Caplan manages the firm's business, financial and administrative operations. He serves on Goodwin's Executive and Management Committees, and focuses on the firm’s growth strategy and execution; he joined Goodwin in 2014.

His background includes roles in both corporate and consulting management positions where he has worked with over 30 general counsels in managing data analytics, technology project implementation, law firm relationship management and financial management. In consulting, he focused on managing engagements related to intelligent cost reduction for non-compensation expenses, program management, compliance, risk management and legal spend management. These practice areas focus on building relationships with corporate legal, sourcing and finance departments.

With legal, he focuses on teaching attorneys to use technology solutions to drive optimal return on investment for the business through the use of metrics, reports and trend analysis. Additionally, Mr. Caplan has worked with general counsels, legal CAOs and CIOs to develop reporting metrics and dashboards to focus on key spend areas such as litigation, e-discovery, outside counsel accruals and alternative fee savings. Mr. Caplan also hosts a quarterly legal advisory roundtable where industry executives come to discuss best practices, technology solutions and current issues facing the office of the general counsel.

Prior to joining Goodwin, Mr. Caplan served starting in 2011 as the global chief operating officer of Marsh & McLennan Companies’ Corporate Legal, Risk and Compliance Departments. Mr. Caplan was also the global director of operations for Goldman Sachs’s Legal Department from 2000-2006. In between Goldman Sachs and Marsh & McLennan Companies, Mr. Caplan ran his own legal operations consulting business supporting general counsels and corporate legal departments in the areas of technology, project management, data management and operations.

Mr. Caplan has nearly 10 years of experience in the accounting, financial, investment and consulting businesses and 10 years of corporate legal experience.

Nishat Ruiter is General Counsel of TED conferences, a non profit organization that believes passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and, ultimately, the world. Through creativity, and a deep respect for TED's mission, Nishat's work is centered on ensuring that TED's legal requirements are met through a combination of practical and creative solutions that meets its needs, while still retaining the authentic TED voice across every area where possible. She manages the legal issues with respect to TED's licensing, partnerships, TM, brand protection, TED's code of conduct, data privacy, copyright, transactions and all corporate legal matters. Prior to TED, she worked as Associate General Counsel where she spent ten years in a variety of roles including managing legal issues on all marketing and advertising, M&A integration, and led the North American legal team responsible for the legal review of $1B/year in licensing transactions at CA Technologies. She also worked as Managing Counsel at LivePerson, provided in house counsel legal support to Chubb Insurance, Binary and Capco. She is a visiting guest lecturer at Fordham Law School (New York) since 2013, faculty for the Practicing Law Institute, and has served for over ten years on the Editorial Board of the International In-house Counsel Journal (London). Inspired by a Bahá’í perspective on things, she loves resolving the most complex problems with an elegant solution, but always with coffee on hand. She enjoys music, tennis, hosting Spiritual Cafes in her community to foster meaningful conversations, and finding connectedness with people from all walks of life. She is happily married to her better half and mother of two teenagers. You can follow her on twitter @nishatruiter.

Primary Areas of Practice: Privacy, Cybersecurity, Information Law

Law School: Villanova University School of Law

Graduate School: Villanova University College of Finance

Professional Memberships: International Association of Privacy Professionals (former Board member)

With over 30 years experience in IT, cybersecurity, privacy, and law, Ken is with PwC’s Global Cybersecurity & Privacy practice. Prior to joining PwC, Ken was the Vice President, Assistant General Counsel & Chief Privacy Officer at CVS Health, responsible for leading information governance including cybersecurity, privacy, and risk management overseeing both the cybersecurity and privacy programs. He was the senior executive responsible for addressing CVS’s FTC Consent Agreement and OCR Resolution Agreement, including successfully addressing all aspects of the OCR Corrective Action Plan in less than the three years permitted.  He also served as the CISO and instituted a successful PCI management program to achieve four on-time annual Reports on Compliance for CVS as a level 1 merchant.  Before CVS, Ken was the first Chief Privacy Officer for Boston Scientific Corporation, responsible for implementing a global privacy and security program, including controls for global data, HIPAA, and PCI.

Ken served in the Administration of President George W. Bush as the Associate Deputy Attorney General (Privacy & Civil Liberties) for the U.S. Dep’t of Justice, where he was the primary counsel and policy advisor to the Attorney General and Deputy AG on privacy, cybersecurity, and civil liberties matters, including support under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and drafting the Attorney General Guidelines for Domestic FBI Operations and EO 12333.  Ken negotiated a common set of privacy principles with the European Commission as head of the U.S. delegation (which included officials from DOJ, State, and DHS) from 2007-2009.  Ken led a U.S. agency delegation that negotiated international cooperative agreements supporting foreign intelligence, national security, and law enforcement in a transnational setting.  Ken served as advisor counsel from DOJ in the annual U.S.-EU Safe Harbor meetings and served as counsel to CFIUS providing advice related to OFAC and FinCEN for privacy concerns.  Before coming to Justice, Ken joined the Dep’t of Homeland Security early in its existence, eventually serving as the Deputy CPO.  Additionally, while a partner at his own law firm, Harvey & Mortensen, Ken served as Special Counsel to Pennsylvania AG Mike Fisher for Internet and cyber matters.

Ken is an adjunct professor of law teaching privacy law at Boston University School of Law and teaching national security, cybersecurity, and privacy at Maine University School of Law. He was formerly on the IAPP Board of Directors serving as Secretary on the Executive Committee and now is co-chair of its Research Advisory Board. He serves as a member of the Advisory Board for Shared Assessments. He is a frequent international speaker at cybersecurity and privacy events and is co-author of the West Publishing book Healthcare Privacy & Security.

Primary Areas of Practice: Privacy

Law School/Graduate School: Quinnipiac University School of Law


Work History: CBRE, Inc.

Law Clerk to the Honorable F. Michael Giles, JSC, Essex County Superior Court


Professional Memberships:

Hispanic National Bar Association, International Association of Privacy Professionals, Association of Corporate Counsel

Primary Areas of Practice:  Investment Management; Securities Law; and International


Cynthia Lo Bessette oversees the Legal, Compliance and Internal Audit functions at OppenheimerFunds Inc. and supervises the provision of legal, compliance and audit services to all of the company's business units.

Cynthia joined OppenheimerFunds in March 2015 as Deputy General Counsel and became General Counsel in February 2016.  Before she came to OppenheimerFunds, Cynthia was Deputy Chief Legal Officer at Jennison Associates, an asset management affiliate of Prudential Financial.

Cynthia has extensive experience working with asset management firms investing globally across asset classes and serving a worldwide investor base, including retail and institutional investors. She has broad experience advising global asset managers on strategic transactions and a wide range of legal and compliance, product development, distribution, and portfolio management matters involving US and foreign regulations and local market practices.

Cynthia began her career as an associate in a large law firm and later joined the in house Legal Department of Scudder Investments.  She then held a series of in house legal positions with increasing responsibility at UBS Global Asset Management, Dimensional Fund Advisors, Mercer Investments, and Lord, Abbett & Co.

Cynthia received her law degree from the Fordham University School of Law and received her undergraduate degree, with honors, in East Asian Studies and Economics from The University of Michigan.

Primary Areas of Practice:

Corporate governance, intellectual property, corporate transactions, securities compliance and general litigation.


Law School/Graduate School: Columbia Law School


Work History:

2013-Present, General Counsel, Travelzoo Inc.

20016-Present, Lecturer in Law, Columbia Law School

2006-2013, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom LLP


Professional Memberships:

New York City Bar Association – In-House/Outside Counsel Litigation Committee; Association of General Counsel of Publicly Listed, Family Controlled Companies


Raymond J. Dorado is Executive Vice President & Deputy General Counsel – Commercial Banking and Head of Enterprise Regulatory at Citizens Financial Group.  He is responsible for leading teams of lawyers advising the Commercial Bank and providing strategic counsel on US banking laws and regulations across the enterprise.  He is a member of the Executive Leadership Group and several oversight and control committees.

Prior to joining CFG, Mr. Dorado was Executive Vice President & Senior Policy and Planning Advisor to the Investment Services division of BNY Mellon, reporting to the CEO of the division, responsible for global strategic business initiatives, and navigating potential risks in implementation.  He served on the Investment Services Executive Committee and, as well as the Operating Committee of BNY Mellon.

Prior to that and since 2005, he was Executive Vice President & Deputy General Counsel of BNY Mellon, responsible for the 160 member legal team supporting the Investment Services businesses. In addition, he was legal advisor to the Risk Committee of the BNY Mellon’s Board of Directors.  He also served as the company’s Acting General Counsel from 2004-2005, with additional responsibilities for Compliance and Government Affairs, after joining the company in 2003.

Prior to that, he was a Managing Director and Deputy General Counsel – Americas with Credit Suisse, where he had worked since 1987.  At Credit Suisse, Mr. Dorado, at different times, headed lawyers groups supporting the Equity Division, the Investment and Commercial Banking Division and the Litigation Group.  Earlier in his career, he served as an associate in law firms in New York City, with a focus on securities litigation.

Mr. Dorado received his B.A., with Dean’s List honors, and his Masters of International Affairs from Columbia University and a J.D. from George Washington University with moot court award honors.

He has held leadership positions in a number of financial services organizations, including serving as Chairman of SIFMA’s General Counsels Committee (member 2003-2014), SIFMA’s Compliance & Legal Society Executive Committee (member 2000-Present), where he is a frequent lecturer at seminars and The New York Stock Exchange, Inc. (Member Firm Compliance Advisory Committee 1996-2003).

Ricardo A. Anzaldua is executive vice president and general counsel of MetLife, Inc.  He was appointed to this position in December 2012.  Anzaldua leads the company’s global legal operations, and oversees MetLife's corporate secretary's office and corporate ethics and compliance group.

Anzaldua joined MetLife from The Hartford Financial Services Group, where he was senior vice president and associate general counsel.  There, he led legal support for the two largest operating divisions (commercial and consumer markets) after a three-year tenure leading the legal teams supporting the corporate secretarial, securities, corporate governance, tax, mergers & acquisitions, technology, bankruptcy and real estate functions.

Prior to joining The Hartford, Anzaldua was a partner with Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton LLP in New York.  He began his legal career with the firm upon graduation from Harvard Law School in 1990.

Before law school, Anzaldua was the publications director and senior editor of the Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies, a University of California think tank focusing on research relating to Mexico and U.S.-Mexican relations, as well as Latin America more generally.

Since 2015, Anzaldua has been a member of the board of directors for the Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA) and LatinoJustice. He also became a member of the board of directors for Breaking Ground, a New York City supportive housing developer and manager, in 2014. Since 2007, Anzaldua has also been a member of the board of directors of the Greater Hartford Legal Aid Foundation and currently serves as its president.  He is also a trustee and pro-bono general counsel of the International Institute of Rural Reconstruction, an international nonprofit focused on economic and community development and empowerment in the developing world. 

Sarah Hlavinka McConnell serves as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for ABM. She assumed her position in May 2008 after serving as Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel commencing in September 2007.

Prior to joining ABM, Ms. McConnell served as Vice President, Assistant General Counsel and Secretary for Fisher Scientific International. She was Acting General Counsel for Fisher’s $10 billion merger with Thermo Electron Corporation in 2006.

Ms. McConnell’s extensive experience as a senior corporate counsel also includes serving as General Counsel for Benchmark Electronics; Associate General Counsel and Assistant Secretary for Hewlett Packard Company; and Senior Counsel at Cooper Industries.  Ms. McConnell began her legal career as an Associate with Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP.

Ms. McConnell received her law degree from the University of Texas Law School.  She graduated magna cum laude from Texas A&M University with a bachelor of arts degree in history and a minor in Spanish.  She is a member of Texas A&M College of Liberal Arts Development Council.

Ms. McConnell and her husband, Mark, reside in New York.  Her interests include sports and physical fitness, reading and travel.

Scott A. Barshay is Global Head of Paul, Weiss’s Mergers & Acquisitions Practice and has been widely recognized as one of the country’s leading activist defense and M&A lawyers.

Scott has represented clients in many of the biggest and highest-profile M&A transactions in recent years, including Anheuser-Busch InBev in its $107 billion acquisition of SABMiller; Cameron International in its $15 billion sale to Schlumberger; Honeywell in its $90 billion proposal to acquire United Technologies; The Kraft Heinz Company in its proposed $143 billion acquisition of Unilever; Mylan Pharmaceuticals in its successful takeover defense against Teva’s $40 billion hostile bid and in Mylan’s $35 billion hostile offer to acquire Perrigo; Qualcomm in its $47 billion acquisition of NXP; Starwood Hotels in its $13.6 billion sale to Marriott International and the competing bids from Anbang; United Airlines in its $7 billion merger of equals with Continental Airlines; and 3G Capital and H.J. Heinz in the $60 billion Kraft/Heinz merger.

Scott has also advised numerous companies and boards of directors in defending against activist hedge funds, including Air Methods, ARIAD Pharmaceuticals, Avon, Barnes & Noble, BHP Billiton, Cameron International, Cheniere Energy, Chico’s FAS, Gannett, Harris Corporation, Helix Energy, Hertz, Hologic, Honeywell, Jones Apparel, King Pharmaceuticals, Mylan, NCR, Par Pharmaceuticals, Qualcomm, Randstad Holdings, Sara Lee, Starwood Hotels, and Xerox.

Thomas A. Russo is AIG Executive Vice President, Legal, Compliance, Regulatory Affairs and Government Affairs, and General Counsel. He joined AIG in February 2010.

Mr. Russo is an industry leader who, in his 40-year career, has served as a lawyer, regulator, author and academic. He came to AIG from the New York office of Patton Boggs LLP, where he served as Senior Counsel. He was Chief Legal Officer of Lehman Brothers Holdings until December 2008. Before joining Lehman in 1993, Mr. Russo was a Partner at the Wall Street law firm of Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft and a member of its Management Committee.

Mr. Russo has significant experience in Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) enforcement and broker-dealer operations, and worked for the SEC as an attorney in its Division of Trading and Markets. He was an Advisor to the Brady Commission, as well as Deputy General Counsel of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), and the first Director of its Division of Trading and Markets.

He has authored more than 70 articles related to financial market regulation and has been recognized as one of the “100 Most Influential Lawyers in America.” Mr. Russo co-wrote “The 2008 Financial Crisis and its Aftermath: Addressing the Next Debt Challenge,” which was published by the Group of Thirty in 2011. Mr. Russo also authored the “Regulation of the Commodities Futures and Options Markets,” a two-volume treatise on federal commodities laws, and co-authored the federal securities law treatise “Regulation of Brokers, Dealers and Securities Markets.” Mr. Russo is an adjunct professor at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business, where he taught a course on the 2008 financial crisis.

Mr. Russo and his team have won the following awards: Best USA Legal Department – Financial Services and Insurance at the International Legal Alliance Summit & Awards (2016), Association of Corporate Counsel – ACC Value Champion (2015), New York State Bar Association – President’s Pro Bono Service Award (2015), Pro Bono Institute’s CPBO Pro Bono Partner Award (2014), New York Law Journal – Legal Department of the Year – Outstanding Legal Department (2014), and Corporate Counsel Magazine – Best Legal Department (2014).  In 2015, Mr. Russo received the Financial Times Most Innovative General Counsel in North America, US In-House Individual of the Year for Insurance from The Legal 500 and in 2014, Mr. Russo received the Pro Bono Partnership’s Champion Award and was named by First Chair as a Top General Counsel.  In 2011, Mr. Russo was recognized as a “Legend in Law” by the Burton Awards for Legal Achievement and in 2012, Mr. Russo received the “Humanitarian Award” from the Institute of International Education and the St. Thomas More Award from the Inner-City Scholarship Fund.

B.A., Duke University

J.D., University of Virginia School of Law


Keith Morgan is Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer for TIAA.  Mr. Morgan is responsible for the legal, compliance, government relations, regulatory and corporate secretary functions of the enterprise.

Mr. Morgan has more than 35 years of legal experience in the private and public sectors, specializing in mergers and acquisitions, securities law, financial regulation and international transactions.  Prior to joining TIAA, Mr. Morgan was founder and chief executive officer of Morris Lane Capital, an investing, advising and consulting firm.  Prior to that, he served as general counsel and senior vice president of GE Capital Corporation, where he led a team of more than 800 legal and compliance professionals at a financial services firm with more than $700 billion in assets.

Earlier in his career, Mr. Morgan was a partner with Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, where he served as managing partner in their London, Paris, and Saudi Arabia offices. He also served in the U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General Corps. 

Mr. Morgan is a graduate of Duke University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics. He also holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law.

Ms. Behnia served as SVP, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Pall Corporation, a NYSE-traded, Fortune 1000/S&P 500 company, until its acquisition by Danaher Corporation in September 2015. Pall makes complex filtration solutions for life sciences and industrial markets with operations and sales worldwide. A member of the seven-person executive team responsible for global strategy, Ms. Behnia led the legal, compliance, information security, internal audit and risk management functions. Ms. Behnia also served as SVP of Rewards Network Inc. (NASDAQ: Chicago, Illinois), a digital business/financial services company and was a member of the executive management committee.  There, she led the legal, compliance, human resources and risk management functions. Previously, she was Group General Counsel of a $1 billion segment of SPX Corporation consisting of seven global industrial businesses.

Earlier in her career, Ms. Behnia was a partner at Kirkland & Ellis. She has been a lecturer in law at the University of Chicago Law School, a member of its Visiting Committee and writes for The ABA Journal on innovation in legal practice since 2011. Currently, Ms. Behnia consults with law departments on executing strategic transformation and change and has developed an expertise on turning legal functions into best practice organizations leveraging people, process and technology.She graduated from the University of Chicago Law School with 1991 and Harvard University in 1987.  Corporate Board Member magazine named Ms. Behnia a "Top General Counsel to Watch" in 2013.

Ms. Ramos is the General Counsel, North America, at Mastercard.  In this role, she is responsible for all legal, regulatory, government and franchise affairs in Mastercard’s North American markets.  Prior to that, she was Senior Vice President, Global Public Policy and Regulatory Strategy Counsel.  In that role, she led Mastercard’s advocacy on public policy and regulatory matters with governments and other relevant stakeholders across Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America, managing a global team across these markets.  She also worked extensively on trade policy matters with the U.S. and other governments, focusing on WTO matters, the Trans-Pacific Partnership and other regional trade agreements.  Ms. Ramos began her tenure at Mastercard as Region Counsel in the Latin America and Caribbean Region.  Before joining Mastercard, she worked as in-house counsel in other sectors and was based in Miami and Buenos Aires.  Ms. Ramos began her legal career as an associate at the law firm of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, working in the New York and London offices on international capital markets and syndicated finance matters.

Ms. Ramos holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where she served as an Executive Editor of the University of Pennsylvania Law Review.  She received her Bachelor of Arts degrees cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania, in International Relations and in French.  She also carried out part of her undergraduate studies at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Paris, France.

Ms. Ramos has lived and worked in both the developed and developing world.  She has travelled extensively in furtherance of her professional responsibilities and personal interests.  She speaks Spanish, French and some Portuguese.  She is based in Mastercard’s global headquarters in Purchase, New York.

Pierre Gentin is General Counsel of McKinsey & Company, Inc. He was a partner in the law firm of Cahill Gordon & Reindel and spent nearly two decades at Credit Suisse where his roles included Global Head of Litigation, Regulatory Enforcement and Employment Law, Head of Reputational Risk for the Americas, and General Counsel for the Research Division. Mr. Gentin also served in the U.S. Department of Justice as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York. Mr. Gentin is a Trustee of the Practising Law Institute and Princeton University's Julis-Rabinowitz Center for Public Policy and Finance. He is co-editor (with Judge Layn Phillips et al.) of a book on the mediation of complex financial disputes and he currently teaches an inter-disciplinary ethics course at the Wharton School of Business. Mr. Gentin attended Princeton University and Columbia Law School.

Deb Hampson is Cigna's Chief Privacy Officer, Chief Ethics Officer and Managing Counsel. In these roles, Deb is responsible for Cigna's domestic privacy program and ethics program. In addition, she is Cigna's lead cybersecurity counsel.

Prior to joining Cigna four years ago, Deb spent 28 years at The Hartford where she held several business and legal roles before retiring in 2013. While in The Hartford’s legal department Deb assumed roles with increasing responsibility and supported various business areas and legal issues including: group benefits, corporate owned life insurance, reinsurance and anti-trust. At one point in her career, Deb was the Chief Compliance Officer of The Hartford’s Life Company. Deb’s final role at The Hartford was the head of its Privacy Office where she implemented The Harford’s privacy program.

Deb is a frequent guest speaker and panelist at industry and continuing legal education events on the topic of data privacy and security. She is also a 200 hour registered yoga teacher and a level one certified medicinal aroma therapist. Deb received both her BA and JD from the University of Connecticut, but since her youngest daughter began attending The University of Alabama it is no longer Go Huskies, but rather it is Roll Tide.