In conjunction with the FT General Counsel report, the FT and RSG will host three regional webinars featuring interviews and discussion with some of the general counsel profiled in the FT report. We will listen to their views on how in-house lawyers can best use their influence at this time to help their companies emerge from the current crisis in a better position, sustainably and ethically. The webinars will answer the same questions from three regional perspectives: Asia-Pacific, Europe and North America.
FT General Counsel Webinar North America
2020 Visions - Navigating Uncertainty
Booz Allen Hamilton
Carlos M. Brown
Agenda - 26th Jun
Mark Chandler, Chief Legal and Chief Compliance Officer, Cisco
interviewed by Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson, US Business Editor, Financial Times
Carlos Brown, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer, Dominion Energy
Craig Silliman, Chief Administrative, Legal and Public Policy Officer, Verizon
Mark Chandler, General Counsel, Cisco
Nancy Laben, Chief Legal Officer, Booz Allen Hamilton
1) Globalisation may be on the retreat. How do general counsel in multinational companies see this retreat and how do they advise their organisations to respond?
2) What do general counsel see as the key lessons from the pandemic?
3) How do general counsel see the pandemic changing the way businesses operate?
4) What should the general counsel’s role be in the business to help it tackle social inequality, diversity and inclusion issues?
5) Visions of the future: how do general counsel see the corporate legal function changing over the next five years?
Nancy Laben is an executive vice president and the chief legal officer at Booz Allen. She oversees ethics and compliance, and the legal department, as well as corporate affairs, which spans a number of functions including corporate governance, government contract law, employment law, securities law, litigation, investigations, government relations, media relations, corporate social responsibility, and marketing and communications. She is also a member of the firm’s leadership team and on the board of the Booz Allen Foundation.
Nancy previously worked as general counsel and in-house counsel in three other Fortune 500 companies and from three different continents. Given her business focus, she never worked in a law firm but went straight from law school into a corporate legal department.
Nancy holds a B.A. in government and East Asian studies, with honors, from Smith College and a J.D. from Columbia University School of Law. She is a frequent speaker on the law and diversity, Commissioner on the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession and serves on the board of the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts.
Carlos M. Brown
Carlos M. Brown is Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer of Dominion Energy.
Carlos joined Dominion in 2007 as senior counsel. He was named director–Alternative Energy Solutions Business Development & Commercialization in 2013 and director–Power Generation Station II, Dominion Generation, in 2015. In 2016, he was promoted to deputy general counsel responsible for litigation, labour and employment for the Law Department. He was promoted to vice president and general counsel in January 2017. In January 2019, he was promoted and served as senior vice president and general counsel and the company’s chief legal officer until he assumed his current post in December 2019.
Prior to joining the company, Carlos was the managing partner of Brown Martin PC and president and managing member of the Obsidian Capital Group LLC. Carlos previously practiced law as an associate at McGuireWoods LLP and McCandlish Holton PC.
Carlos received his bachelor’s degree and law degree from the University of Virginia where he was an Echols, Achievement, Underwood and Hardy Cross Dillard Scholar. While an undergraduate at the University he also had the honour of serving as president of the student body. He was recognized for his contributions to the University by being initiated into the IMP, Thirteen and Raven Societies. In law school, he served as president of the Black Law Students Association.
In 2015, Carlos was appointed to the Commonwealth Transportation Board. Carlos is also currently a member of the boards of directors of the Richmond Metropolitan Transportation Authority, where he served as chair; NextUp; and the Dominion Energy Credit Union. Until 2018, he served as the chair of the Dominion Energy African American Resource Group.
Previously, Carlos served on the boards of Feedmore, Inc. the Central Virginia regional food bank and Meals on Wheels agency where he served as vice-chair and secretary; the Virginia Small Business Advisory Board; the board of visitors of Christopher Newport University; the Richmond Virginia Chamber of Commerce Foundation; the Virginia Poverty Law Center; Boaz and Ruth, Inc. and the transition teams of Governor Ralph Northam and Mayor Dwight Jones. He is a 2006 Richmond Style Weekly Top 40 under 40 award recipient. In 2017, in recognition of his work in the community, he was recognized as a Leader in the Law by Virginia Lawyers Weekley. In 2018, Savoy Magazine named Carlos one of the most influential African American Attorneys in America. In addition in 2018, he was named to the Virginia Legal Elite for Corporate Counsel by Virginia Business Magazine and inducted as a fellow of the Virginia Law Foundation. In 2019, he was named to the GC Power List. He is also a member of the Richmond Forum.
Craig Silliman is the Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative, Legal and Public Policy Officer of Verizon. He is responsible for Verizon's supply chain, real estate, public policy, legal, regulatory and security groups.
Before assuming his current position in July 2019, Silliman was executive vice president for public policy and general counsel, responsible for leading the company's public policy, legal, regulatory, government affairs and security groups. He has also served as senior vice president for public policy and government affairs, with responsibility for Verizon’s global public policy, federal and state legislative affairs, federal regulatory affairs, strategic alliances, national security, privacy and corporate citizenship.
He has served in a number of other senior management roles at Verizon, including senior vice president and general counsel for Verizon’s wireline consumer, business and wholesale groups globally, and senior vice president and deputy general counsel, with responsibility for antitrust, intellectual property, national security, privacy and strategic product support.
Prior to joining a Verizon predecessor company in 1997, Craig was an attorney in the international trade practice at Collier, Shannon, Rill & Scott (now Kelley, Drye & Warren) in Washington, D.C.
Since 2011, Craig has served on the Board of Trustees of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. He has also taught international telecommunications regulation as an adjunct professor at the American University School of Law in Washington, D.C. Craig earned his Law degree from the University of Virginia and is a member of the bar in Maryland, New Jersey, and Washington, DC.
Mark Chandler is Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer of Cisco, and is also Cisco's Chief Compliance Officer. In these roles, he oversees Cisco's global legal activities and policies, as well as ethics, compliance and regulatory affairs, employee relations, investigations, and brand protection. He has been General Counsel since 2001. Previously, he was Managing Attorney for the Europe, Middle East, and Africa region, based in Paris. A primary part of his focus is developing solutions to simplify the support for Cisco's sales and services transactions, including process automation and anticipation of future transactional needs.
Mark joined Cisco in 1996, when Cisco acquired StrataCom, Inc., where he had been general counsel. Prior to StrataCom, he served for six years as vice president of corporate development and general counsel for Maxtor Corporation, a Fortune 500 hard
disk drive manufacturer. He is a member of the Dean's Advisory Council for Stanford Law School, the Board of Directors of the Law Foundation of Silicon Valley and Board of Directors of Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties, and the Board of Trustees for Belmont Hill School in Belmont, Mass. He previously served as a member of the U.S. Department of Commerce Manufacturing Council, member and chairman of the City of Palo Alto Planning Commission, and member of the Palo Alto Utilities Advisory Commission. In spring 2016, he was a Lecturer in Law at Stanford Law School. In 2010, The National Law Journal named him one of the 40 Most Influential Lawyers of the Decade, and in 2013, American Lawyer numbered him among the Top 50 Big Law Innovators of the Last 50 Years. In 2018, he received the Burton Legends in Law Award.
Mark received a JD degree from Stanford Law School in 1981 and a BA degree in Economics from Harvard College in 1978.
Reena SenGupta founded RSG Consulting in 2001 to provide research and consultancy to law firms and in-house counsel. With nearly 30 years’ experience of business and the City, she is known as one of the leading analysts of the legal profession. As editor and publishing director of Chambers & Partners Publishing in the mid-nineties, she devised the research methodology behind the Chambers’ guides to the legal profession and launched the first Chambers Student and Chambers Global guides. In 2005, Ms SenGupta came up with the idea of ranking lawyers on innovation, which has become the FT Innovative Lawyers reports and awards. She is a long-time contributor to the Financial Times and helped to establish the paper’s Law & Business page in 2001.
Ms SenGupta has experience of both big and small businesses and spent the early nineties working in investment banking in London and rescuing a family-owned graphic design business out of recession. A journalist, entrepreneur and now senior consultant, Ms SenGupta is responsible for coming up with the ideas for a number of ground-breaking projects for both clients and RSG Consulting. Among these are the RSG India Report and the Innovative GC Club. She is a regular public speaker on innovation and the legal profession, is a graduate of the Meyler Campbell Elements coaching programme and an Asian Woman of Achievement.
Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson is the US Business Editor of the Financial Times, leading its reporting and analysis of US business in an age of populism, policy upheavals, unending technological change and shifting expectations of corporate America. He manages a team of corporate reporters, while writing news, analysis and commentary and helping develop new offerings for the FT’s core corporate audience. Until 2018, he was the FT’s US News Editor and an FT Assistant Editor, directing its coverage of and for the Americas and helping steer its strategic evolution from a print focus to a digital newsroom with growing impact in video, audio, social media, newsletter and data journalism. From 2005 to 2013, he was the FT’s Global Media Editor, leading its coverage of sectors ranging from the music and movie businesses to digital media and marketing.
In 21 years with the FT in New York and London, Mr Edgecliffe-Johnson has been Deputy News Editor, edited its management features section, covered mergers and acquisitions and US consumer industries, and written for the influential Lex column. A graduate of Cambridge University, he started his career at the Daily Telegraph in London and won the Newsbios “30 under 30” award for young financial journalists in 2000 and 2001. He often moderates FT Live events and other conferences and appears on television, radio, FT videos and FT podcasts.
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