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Title: Executive Vice President and General Counsel Location: Plano Age: 53 Changing Times Although she may not know it, Storrow Gordon helps a host of businesspeople in Plano and investors worldwide sleep better each night. In an ever-changing world, where the CEO can change any day and the tech industry has gone soft, it’s reassuring for the managers at Electronic Data Systems to know that Gordon, one of the top corporate-governance lawyers in the country, is on their side. “It gives our shareholders confidence that we have the right controls,” says Michael Sample, vice president of executive operations at EDS. “If we do get into any litigation, we’ve got these things well defined and publicly stated.” During the tough times and leadership changes of the past 14 years, Gordon has been a rock for her colleagues. “My experience with corporate attorneys is a lot of them will tell you what you can’t do and then leave the room,” says Michael Paolucci, vice president of global compensation and benefits. “Storrow’s a good listener. She’ll slow you down, and then do a nice job of figuring out what you’re trying to accomplish.” When Gordon joined EDS in 1991 from the former Johnson & Wortley, she thought life would get a little easier. “I really didn’t know what in-house lawyers did. I was pretty astonished by the level of sophistication,” she says. The pace soon picked up, with EDS’ spin-off from General Motors. “I hadn’t been here very long when the general counsel said, “They want to split off from GM.’ And I said, “What?’ It got very exciting after that.” The excitement has lasted for more than a decade, as acquisitions � her specialty � have piled up for the information technology and business services firm, including a recent foray into human resources outsourcing. During that time, Gordon has risen from senior attorney to deputy general counsel to executive vice president and general counsel. Carol Jablonski, manager of national litigation and intellectual property, says Gordon’s work with that team “has brought visibility to a lot of people who are not lawyers. Her leadership there and her concern about her people have helped to make that function more visible and respected within the department.” Gordon has also helped the company weather changes in almost every top-level position in recent years, Paolucci says. “She’s been very helpful as we’ve literally rotated out the senior leadership team,” he says. “She’s been instrumental in helping us work through all of the securities, governance issues.” For her part, Gordon says, “I’ve gotten to do a number of things that I know I wouldn’t have been able to do” at a different company or firm. Not everybody gets to meet Vice President Dick Cheney and former Secretary of State James A. Baker III. That helps make up for the times when she actually sits down and thinks about that big corner office back at the firm.

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