GC Appointments

The Hershey Co. named Leslie Turner vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary. Turner comes to the candy company from Coca-Cola North America, where she spent four years as chief legal officer. During her 25 years in the legal field, she has held numerous government postings and served as a partner at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld.

Larry Thompson returned to PepsiCo Inc. as executive vice president, general counsel and secretary, a position he formerly held from 2004 to 2011. In the interim, Thompson served as the John A. Sibley Chair in Corporate and Business Law at the University of Georgia School of Law. He previously was a deputy attorney general in the U.S. Department of Justice and a partner at King & Spalding.

Paulette Dodson joined PetSmart Inc. as senior vice president, general counsel and secretary. Dodson comes to the company from Sara Lee Corp., where she also served as SVP, general counsel and secretary. Her prior work experience also includes a 14-year stint at the Tribune Co., where she was an assistant general counsel for publishing from 2000 to 2007.

Diana Weiss joined PricewaterhouseCoopers as general counsel. Weiss previously served as a partner in the litigation practice of King & Spalding, where she focused on representing clients in investigations and enforcement proceedings before regulatory agencies. She also was a partner at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe.

Glassdoor, a social jobs and career website, hired Allyson Willoughby as general counsel and senior vice president of people. After beginning her in-house career at eBay, Willoughby went on to general counsel postings at RockYou, a social gaming and advertising company, and Method Products, a manufacturer of household products.

In vitro diagnostic company LipoScience Inc. appointed Ashok Marin general counsel, chief compliance officer and corporate secretary. Marin previously served as senior counsel for global compliance at GE Healthcare. He also spent nine years in the legal department of Sanofi U.S., most recently as assistant general counsel.

Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the country’s largest breast cancer organization, named Ellen Willmott general counsel. Willmott joins the company after 12 years at Save the Children USA, where she most recently served as vice president and general counsel. In her new role, Willmott will oversee regulatory compliance and international and domestic partnerships.

Jelly Belly Candy Co. hired John Di Giusto as its inaugural general counsel. Di Giusto previously was a managing shareholder in the corporate and securities and tax groups of Boutin Jones Inc. He brings more than 30 years of experience to the candy corporation, which was one of his firm’s long-term clients.

David McEvoy joined SeaChange International, a global video software company, as general counsel. McEvoy’s in-house experience includes general counsel postings at ATG, VeriFone Systems, Aprisma Management Technologies and The Learning Company/Broderbund. He also was group general counsel at private equity firm The Gores Group.


Other In-House Moves

The Allstate Corp. announced that Michele Coleman Mayes will retire from the general counsel and executive VP spot after nearly five years with the company. During that time, Mayes dealt with legal and regulatory matters, corporate governance and public policy. She will now assume the role of general counsel and vice president of the New York Public Library.

Yahoo! Inc. executive VP and general counsel Mike Callahan announced his retirement after nearly 13 years with the company. Callahan joined the Internet corporation in 1999 and assumed the general counsel role almost nine years ago. Ron Bell, the company’s deputy counsel for products and the Americas regions, will serve as interim GC.

Paula McGlarry was promoted to general counsel of Oliver Wyman Group. McGlarry joined the consulting firm’s legal team in 2003 and has served as deputy general counsel since 2010. She previously was a mergers and acquisitions lawyer at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius.

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