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Computer Associates International, Inc., and its new GC, Kenneth Handal, are well suited to each other: The management software giant is struggling through a federal investigation. And the 55-year-old lawyer is a former assistant U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, with a background in compliance and a commitment to charitable work. The Islandia, New York�based Computer Associates hired Handal in part because of his experience at The Altria Group, Inc., where he worked for eight years, most recently as associate GC. Handal served as Altria’s compliance and ethics counsel and helped beef up its compliance and integrity program, which covers 166,000 employees at subsidiaries in 150 countries. Prior to joining Altria, Handal was a partner with Arnold & Porter. Equally impressive � and maybe part of the reason he said yes to Computer Associates � is Handal’s long history of helping others. He serves as a director for The Legal Aid Society, the Bar of the City of New York Fund, Inc., the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and the International League for Human Rights. In 2002 his pro bono work was recognized by the Association of Corporate Counsel. Handal will need both his head and his heart in the new job. Federal authorities are investigating Computer Associates for accounting fraud and alleged efforts to obstruct a Securities and Exchange Commission investigation into irregular bookkeeping practices in fiscal year 2000. The probe, as well as an internal board-led investigation, has already cost at least 15 CA executives their jobs, including most of the top management and six in-house lawyers. Four top financial officers were indicted in April. The SEC says it still hasn’t ruled out indicting the company as a whole. A company spokesperson says CA is cooperating with the investigation. One of the victims of this upheaval was Steven Woghin, the GC, who resigned in April after 12 years with the company. (Woghin has not been indicted.) Handal won’t say exactly what led him to leave his comfortable desk at Altria but does say he is “looking forward to dealing with the challenges.” He should not have any difficulty realizing that goal.

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