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After more than a decade in charge of Unisys Corp.’s legal department, Harold S. Barron is leaving his position of senior vice president and general counsel in the hands of current vice president and deputy counsel Nancy Straus Sundheim. Barron’s retirement will be official at the end of September, but Sundheim assumed most of Barron’s duties on Jan. 1. Citing “innumerable personal reasons” for his retirement, Barron said he saw more good times than bad at the Blue Bell, Pa.-based Unisys, even as the company faced dire financial conditions in the late 1990s. “We’ve made tremendous progress in enhancing the financial stability of the companies,” he said. Barron graduated from the University of Michigan Law School in 1961 and practiced in Michigan until he became a member of the New York Bar in 1967. He worked for 15 years at Bendix Corp., joining the company in 1968 as vice president and general counsel. In 1983, he became a partner in the national law firm Arnstein Gluck Lehr Barron and then moved to Seyfarth Shaw in 1986. He became Unisys’ general counsel in 1989. Barron said the Unisys overhaul in 1996 that included a workforce reduction of more than 7,900 employees did not mar his time with the company. “Going through hard times is not what everyone likes to do, but everyone has them,” Barron said. “I think we addressed them appropriately, and we were able to make the company viable and an outstanding info tech company.” He said that during his time at Unisys, he saw the company grow financially. “Now the company is just one step below investment status,” he said. Barron said he had no qualms about handing the position over to Sundheim, nor was Sundheim hesitant to step in to her new role. “Nancy and I have worked together for 10 years, and I am sure she will do an excellent job,” Barron said. Sundheim joined Unisys in 1987 after leaving Dechert, where she focused her practice on mergers and acquisitions and securities. She said her 14-year tenure at Unisys eased her transition into her new role. “The transition, I think, is as easy as it could be, because I was in the number two role for some time,” Sundheim said. Sundheim said she had not made any significant changes in the structure of the department or in personnel, nor did she plan to. “I’d like to think things have gone well so far,” she said. “I have a wonderful team here in the office of general counsel.” Unisys’ general counsel office employs 84 attorneys. As the second-in-command, Sundheim said she was likely the most natural in-house choice. “I think I was probably the most likely internal candidate,” Sundheim said. “I had been corporate secretary since 1999, so I had ample opportunity to meet and work with the board on issues facing the company. They knew me.” She said Barron’s departure, however, will leave a large role for her to fill. “It has been a pleasure working with Hal,” Sundheim said. “He’s a skillful lawyer and a charming individual, and I have learned a lot from him. He will be a tough act to follow.”

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