After 27 years as an in-house lawyer at The Procter & Gamble Co., Steven Jemison is finally making it to the top. On June 1 he was slated to become chief legal officer of the Cincinnati-based consumer products giant. But Jemison will have to share his moment in the spotlight. P&G is also bringing on one of the top lawyers in the Bush administration as its new general counsel — Deborah Platt Majoras, former chair of the Federal Trade Commission.
And the odds look good that Majoras, 44, will replace Jemison, 57, when he retires as CLO. According to Daniel Kotchen, who was a staff attorney at the FTC prior to Majoras’s tenure, “Certainly she would join the company with the objective of the top spot.” Kotchen adds, “She comes from a high-profile position, and P&G is a high-profile company with interesting and thorny issues.” Kotchen, who is now a partner at Kotchen & Low in Washington, D.C., co-writes the Consumer Goods & Retail Industry Litigation Blog.
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