Richo attributes her success to helpful mentors throughout her career. She vigorously pursues opportunities to provide the same assistance to today's young professionals, through membership in the Women Business Leaders of the U.S. Health Care Industry Foundation and the Minority Corporate Counsel Association. She also formerly served on the board of directors of Cytyc Corporation, a medical diagnostics company.
Richo received her J.D. from DePaul University College of Law, and her Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Labor Relations from Cornell University.
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HILDEGARD BISON is making a new home on the range as the legal head of FVC Rhine and assistant general counsel of BP Europa and parent company BP. The 49-year-old attorney replaces KLAUS-GÜNTHER HAHN, who left BP in early 2012.
Bison was a partner at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in Düsseldorf before joining the global oil mammoth. She worked at the prominent international law firm for 18 years, specializing in mergers and corporate law. Freshfields has been a long-standing adviser to BP, and advised the company on some of its many legal issues in the aftermath of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
Some of the company's top talent has wandered off for greener pastures since then, with global assistant GC ADRIAN MORRIS leaving to become the GC of Tesco plc in September.
BP went on a selling spree in 2012, selling significant assets to fellow oil and gas giants OAO Rosneft Oil Company, Plains Exploration & Production Company, Marathon Petroleum Company, Linn Energy LLC, and Tesoro Corporation [see Deals & Suits].
Bison has a cosmopolitan, wide-ranging background. She received an LL.M. degree (Master of Laws) from the University of Chicago Law School and a J.D. from the University of Bonn. Bison is licensed to practice in the state of New York as well as in Germany. Prior to joining Freshfields, she was a foreign associate at Windels, Marx, Davies & Ives (now Windels Marx Lane & Mittendorf) in New York. She is also a lecturer at the Center for Anglo American Studies at the Heinrich Heine University in Düsseldorf.
BP Europa covers BP's operations in Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Austria, and Poland.
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