Disney Onboards New GC and More In-house Hires

Disney onboards new GC

The Walt Disney Company announced Horacio Gutierrez as senior executive vice president, general counsel, and corporate secretary. Gutierrez previously worked at Spotify as head of global affairs and chief legal officer and will lead the Disney’s litigation, compliance, transactional law, securities law, regulatory matters, privacy protection, global ethics and patent, copyright, and trademark issues. 

Nike promotes CCO to GC 

Ann Miller will step into the role of executive vice president and general counsel, taking over from Hilary Krane. Miller has 10-plus years at Nike, seven of which she served as vice president, corporate secretary, and chief ethics and compliance officer.   

DoorDash promotes VP of legal to GC

DoorDash promoted Tia Sherringham from vice president of legal to general counsel. As general counsel, she will continue to oversee the company’s legal team, in addition to its security, IT, and enterprise technology functions. Sherringham was a previously founding member of Instacart’s legal team.  

H&R Block welcomes new CLO 

Dara Redler joins H&R Block as its chief legal officer from Tilray Inc, a Canadian cannabis producer. At H&R Block, Redler will manage good governance, strategic negotiations, and complex legal and regulatory matters. Prior to Tilray, Redler held leadership roles at The Coca-Cola Company, where she spent 18 years.

PayPal holdings confirms new GC  

Bimal Patel took the reigns as general counsel of PayPal’s legal group at the start of the year. Patel is a former head of the financial advisory and regulation practice at O’Melveny & Myers. He will oversee PayPal’s legal functions.  

Liberty Mutual Insurance promotes deputy to CLO  

Damon Hart was promoted to CLO at Liberty Mutual Insurance as incumbent retires. Hart previously worked for law firms Littler Mendelson, Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart and Holland & Knight where he focused on employment and litigation matters. Hart will oversee all of Liberty Mutual’s legal functions.  

Ziffren Brittenham partner shifts to movie and game studios  

After nine years of handling various negotiations and deals for numerous entertainment figures at Ziffren Brittenham LLP, Eric Sherman will now oversee the business and legal affairs for Thunder Road Films, game1, and Asbury Park Pictures as chief legal officer and general counsel. Sherman previously worked as a business affairs executive at Universal Pictures in their features department, and in the business and legal affairs department at Artisan Entertainment. 

Ecommerce marketplace appoints first GC

Online marketplace, Faire.com has appointed Lauren Thomas as its first general counsel. As the former general counsel at Dutchie, Thomas helped the technology company operate in a complex regulatory and legal environment in the cannabis industry. She was also the first general counsel and chief compliance officer at digital banking platform Good Money. 

Australian comparison website appoints new CLO  

David Chen, an 18-year legal and commercial experience veteran, joined Finder as its CLO. Chen, who previously worked at BPAY, Sypht, and Deloitte, will oversee Finder’s risk, regulation, and compliance teams. Chen will work toward shaping cryptocurrency regulation in Australia.    

Leading healthcare provider appoints new CLO  

HCA Healthcare, Inc., has hired Michael R. McAlevey as their senior vice president and chief legal officer. McAlevey is the former vice president, general counsel, and business development leader for GE Healthcare and will oversee HCA’s department of lawyers responsible for legal, compliance and business development for the medical technology provider.  

Standard Chartered appoints group GC 

Standard Chartered appointed Dr. Sandie Okoro as group general counsel, beginning in April 2022. Dr. Okoro is currently the senior vice president and World Bank group general counsel and vice president for compliance at the World Bank. Before joining the World Bank, Dr. Okoro was general counsel for HSBC Global Asset Management and global general counsel at Barings.