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Marc Gary, the general counsel of the giant financial services company Fidelity Investments, said Thursday that he will leave the company on May 1 to become executive vice chancellor and chief operating officer of the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City. Gary told CorpCounsel.com that he was drawn to “the unique opportunity to dedicate the next stage of my professional life to an institution—JTS—whose mission and vision inspire me as well as untold numbers of others, both within my faith community and outside of it.” But he admitted he’ll miss being a general counsel. “I will particularly miss the challenge of addressing difficult legal issues infused with significant public policy implications” while working with innovative people both within the legal department and in management. Gary said he is also sorry to leave law interest groups in which he has played leadership roles, including Equal Justice Works, the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, the Pro bono Institute, and Greater Boston Legal Services. But he “hopes to stay involved in some fashion” with as many as possible. Despite those misgivings, he said it’s an honor to be joining “an institution renowned for its unsurpassed scholarship, its dedication to strengthening Jewish communities and securing the Jewish future, and its focus on personal quests for lives of purpose and meaning.” Starting July 1, Gary said his new role will allow him to “apply all I have learned as a member of senior management at two major companies known for their operational excellence.”

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