Wal-Mart Stores Inc., based in Bentonville, Ark., has promoted Jeff Gearhart to executive vice president and general counsel. Previously he was senior vice president and deputy general counsel. Gearhart replaces Tom Mars, who has been promoted to chief administrative officer and executive vice president.
American Apparel Inc., a Los Angeles-based clothing retailer, has named Glenn Weinman as senior vice president, general counsel and secretary. He replaces Joyce Crucillo, who will become the company’s chief litigation counsel. Previously Weinman was a partner at Dongell Lawrence Finney in California.
Plano, Texas-based JCPenney has named Janet Dhillon executive vice president, general counsel and secretary. Previously she served as the senior vice president, general counsel and chief compliance officer of US Airways.
Seattle-based Laird Norton Tyee, a wealth management firm, has hired Robert Hille as general counsel and chief compliance officer. Previously he was chief compliance officer at Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.-based GenSpring Family Offices.
Vertis Communications, a Baltimore-based retail advertising company, has promoted David Glogoff to chief legal officer. Previously he was the company’s vice president and deputy general counsel.
Incline Village, Nev.-based drug maker PDL BioPharma has named Christopher Stone as vice president, general counsel and secretary. Previously he was vice president of legal affairs and corporate secretary of LS9, based in South San Francisco, Calif.
President Obama has nominated Ivan Fong, the chief legal officer and secretary of Dublin, Ohio-based Cardinal Health, to be general counsel of the Department of Homeland Security.
David Becker, a Washington, D.C., partner at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, has been named the general counsel and senior policy director of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). He also served as the SEC’s general counsel from 2000 to 2002.
Goodrich Petroleum, an oil and gas company based in Houston, has named Michael Killelea senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary. Most recently he was senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary at Pogo Producing Co.
Germany-based Siemens has named Richard Brait general counsel for its Canadian division. Brait previously worked as a partner at Stikeman Elliott.
The Dannon Co. Inc., a yogurt manufacturer based in White Plains, N.Y., has named Ken Strick vice president of legal affairs and general counsel. Previously he was the vice president and general counsel at the American subsidiaries of Royal Numico NV.
Other In-house News
Broadwind Energy Inc., a Naperville, Ill.-based provider of components, logistics and services to the wind power and broader energy markets, has named David W. Fell associate general counsel.
Eric Bock, executive vice president and general counsel of global travel conglomerate Travelport Limited, has also assumed the role of chief administrative officer for the company.
Law Firm News
Beth Wilkinson, the former executive vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary at Fannie Mae, has joined Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison’s Washington, D.C. office as a partner in the litigation department.
Karl Barr has joined Cantor Colburn as a partner in the Detroit office. He is a former intellectual property counsel at General Motors Corp.
Kenneth Masotti, the former senior attorney at Bear, Stearns & Co. for equity capital markets, has joined Dechert’s office in New York as counsel.
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