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What’s new at The Home Shopping Network? Well, it’s not just the top-of-the-line kitchen appliances and designer women’s fashions that the network is offering. The St. Petersburg — based HSN now also boasts a brand new product: general counsel Steve Armstrong. Before signing on with HSN, Armstrong was senior vice president and general counsel of Agilera, Inc., an Englewood, Colorado-based provider of software applications. But after four years of helping Agilera’s sales team close technology outsourcing agreements, Armstrong was ready for a change. “[HSN] has a lot of different and interesting legal and business issues, and presents a more interesting managing challenge,” says Armstrong, who now splits his time between HSN’s executive committee and its 17-person legal team. Armstrong has already helped the company navigate complex telecommunications regulations and negotiate agreements with hundreds of cable providers and broadcasters. “It’s exciting to be part of a healthy business that’s growing,” he says of his new employer. HSN has weathered the recent downturn in the economy with consolidated sales of close to $2 billion and a customer base of more than five million. Armstrong started his career at New York’s Sullivan & Cromwell; later, he became a partner at Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker, and then Baker & Hostetler, in the New York offices of both firms. He learned about the HSN job opening through former law firm colleagues. “It’s been the best job I’ve ever had in my career,” he says from his new home in St. Petersburg. — Jennifer Fried Richard Ziegler, the recently appointed senior vice president and general counsel of St. Paul-based 3M Company is so closemouthed about his new job that he could be running secret operations for the Central Intelligence Agency. Ziegler has already lost the chattiness of a New Yorker, even though this former Wall Streeter still heads back to the city every weekend (his wife and three children are there until the end of the school year). A former litigation partner who recently left New York’s Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton, Ziegler won’t volunteer many details about his new position at the giant company, which posted revenue of over $16 billion last year. Mostly he says that he’s too new to 3M to make comments about his job — though he says that he spends time reading up on the company’s offerings (3M makes thousands of products, including adhesive tapes, abrasives, chemicals, and medical supplies). Fifty-three-year-old Ziegler succeeds former GC John Ursu, who spent three decades at 3M. Ziegler, a graduate of Harvard Law School, oversees the company’s 140 attorneys (most are in St. Paul, but others are scattered around the world). — Heather Smith Derrick Horner obviously doesn’t believe in the adage, “once bitten, twice shy.” Horner, 33, worked at Dallas-based Source Media, Inc., an Internet technology provider, until it folded in March of last year. Undaunted by that experience, Horner recently joined 24/7 Real Media, Inc., a New York — based Internet marketing and technology company. Horner is now the company’s senior vice president and assistant general counsel. The marketing business’s legal department consists of Horner and GC Mark Moran, who has been with the company since its IPO in 1998. Horner, who earned his J.D. at Harvard Law School, spent five years as an associate at New York’s Simpson Thacher and Bartlett before going to Source Media. Even after the company tanked, Horner was determined to stay in the interactive media world. In fact, Horner says he was keeping an eye on 24/7 and knew that it had just received funding. “For me it was more or less a straightforward decision,” he says. “I wanted to remain in a smaller company that was poised for growth.” Indeed, Horner is optimistic about the industry. For one thing, 24/7 continues to grow, and developments like the company’s January acquisition of Insight First, a leading Web analytics platform, seem promising. Chances are this new hire is hoping that lightning won’t strike twice. — Helen Coster General Electric Company may bring good things to life, but for Michael McAlevey the company brought something even better: a new role as chief corporate and securities counsel. McAlevey, 39, made the move after spending three years at the Securities and Exchange Commission and almost a decade at Alston & Bird’s Atlanta and Washington, D.C., offices. McAlevey will team up with corporate counsel Robert Healing, a 14-year GE veteran, overseeing four attorneys in the Fairfield, Connecticut, corporate headquarters. In 1998, McAlevey left the partnership of Alston & Bird to become the deputy director of the division of corporation finance at the SEC. He returned to the firm three years later, and last year General Electric offered him the chief corporate counsel job. The call came out of nowhere. “I think that they asked around,” McAlevey says. “They were probably looking for someone with senior-level SEC experience and someone who is a bit younger.” McAlevey says he was intrigued by the opportunity to join GE at such a critical time. Jack Welch had left, and the company was attracting new, younger leadership. “I knew that the company would likely be going in a new direction,” he says. “I was excited to help shepherd them through a minefield of corporate governance and disclosures, and to do so with the new management.” For McAlevey, the hassle of relocating his family from D.C. to Connecticut was a worthwhile trade-off. “It was an unexpected opportunity to take my career in a direction that I’d always wanted, but sooner than I expected.” After working on Eli Lilly and Company’s top-selling antipsychotic drug, Zyprexa, for the last several years, Gary Messplay has decided to go cold turkey. Messplay recently left the Indianapolis-based pharmaceutical company to become a partner at the Washington, D.C., office of Hunton & Williams. Messplay, 38, plans to build the firm’s new food and drug administration practice. He will help pharmaceutical clients navigate Federal Drug Administration regulations. He also plans to bring in new clients, and expand the size of the practice group to rival other D.C. firms’ FDA practices. At Eli Lilly, Messplay managed product liability litigation and handled FDA regulatory work for Zyprexa. Messplay, who started his career at the Indianapolis firm Ice Miller, says he decided to go back to private practice because he missed law firm life: “It’s a great privilege when a client comes to you as an outside lawyer and asks you to help them solve a problem.” Approached by Thomas Slater, a Hunton & Williams lawyer who works on Eli Lilly matters, Messplay ran with the opportunity. — J.F. Victoria Salhus and Lawrence Burian toughed it out at their jobs and now are reaping the benefits. Last year, they survived a roller-coaster ride at embattled Cablevision Systems Corporation. To top it off, the company’s longtime GC Robert Lemle resigned at year’s end (Lemle retains his titles as vice-chair and secretary, though he says he stepped down to devote himself to philanthropic activities). Though the GC post was still open at the Bethpage, New York, company as of press time, Salhus and Burian are getting bumped up the ladder in the meantime — Salhus, 53, to senior vice president and deputy GC, from associate GC, and Burian, 33, to vice president and associate GC, from assistant GC. Corporate duo Salhus and Burian played key roles in the company’s speedy turnaround. In August, share prices for the media company had fallen by over 80 percent, dipping below $5 per share. But Salhus and Burian completed deals that helped cut costs at the company, and helped triple Cablevision’s share price. Both joined Cablevision from big New York firms. Salhus moved over in 1990 from Willkie Farr & Gallagher, and Burian came over in 2000, from Davis Polk & Wardwell. Salhus and Burian now report directly to CEO James Dolan. As the only two in-house corporate lawyers (the others are in government affairs) they hardly have time to relax. Fortunately, they’re already used to roller-coaster rides. — H.S. After eight years on Capitol Hill, Andrew Levin is going private: He recently became senior vice president for government relations at Clear Channel Communications, Inc. Levin will be responsible for the company’s lobbying and education efforts. Clear Channel, a San Antonio — based media conglomerate, is opening its first Washington, D.C., office. Levin, a CPA who received his J.D. from George Mason School of Law, is heading up the office (he also has hired two additional lobbyists). He will report to Clear Channel’s president and COO, Mark Mays. The company has experienced explosive growth since the 1996 Telecommunications Act deregulated the industry and changed ownership restrictions for radio stations. Currently it is the largest radio station group owner in the country. Levin, 40, spent the past seven years serving as minority counsel to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, where he was chief telecommunications adviser to Congressman John Dingell. Levin advised the Democratic members of the committee on communications policy and technology matters. At one time, Levin was a leading candidate to fill a Democratic vacancy on the Federal Communications Commission. Although the position didn’t pan out, Clear Channel came calling soon after. Before working on the Hill, he worked for Bell Atlantic Mobile, where he held positions in the legal, marketing, and finance departments.

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