Mary Giesler
Mary Giesler


Minnesota Twins call up Giesler to be GC         

Mary Giesler isn’t just a life-long fan of the Minnesota Twins—now she’s also the Major League Baseball team’s vice president, general counsel. Previously a partner with the Minneapolis firm of Kaplan, Strangis and Kaplan, Giesler provides legal oversight on all business-related matters, serves as the team’s liaison with MLB’s legal department and manages outside counsel relationships.

“I’m very excited to be joining such an outstanding organization,” Giesler said in a statement.

While in private practice, Giesler served a variety of clients in the areas of public-private partnerships, corporate governance and mergers and acquisitions as well as securities law compliance. According to the Twins, through her work at Kaplan, Strangis and Kaplan, Giesler played a key role in negotiating and preparing many agreements that were integral to the approval, design, construction and opening of Target Field, home of the Twins. Prior to joining Kaplan, Strangis and Kaplan, Giesler spent eight years at the Minneapolis firm of Lindquist & Vennum.

Linde to take over legal reins at PSEG, McCormick also promoted

In nearly 25 years with the Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSEG), Tamara Linde has held a variety of roles in the legal department. Later this year, she will succeed to the position of executive vice president and general counsel to replace Lon Bouknight, Jr., who will retire in the fall.

Linde, who joined PSEG in 1990, is currently vice president – regulatory. She has led the company’s federal and state regulatory functions and has managed corporate, environmental and labor/employment practices. Linde has served as regulatory counsel on many of the company’s most important initiatives in recent years, according to a statement by PSEG.  

“Tammy is a strong leader and excellent lawyer who thoroughly understands our business and the environment in which we operate. I am pleased to announce her promotion and know that she can continue to build on Lon’s successes in leading our outstanding internal legal team,” said Ralph Izzo, president, chairman and CEO of PSEG. Bouknight will support Linde and her team through the transition.  

PSEG also announced that Courtney McCormick has been promoted to vice president, deputy general counsel and corporate secretary. Since joining PSEG in 2008, McCormick has held several roles, most recently as corporate secretary and general corporate counsel. She also oversees shareholder services, corporate records management and legal administration functions. 

Julie Presas

Presas promoted to GC at library cooperative

The Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) has named Julie Presas general counsel and vice president of legal services. She was previously assistant general counsel with the library cooperative, based in Dublin, Ohio. Presas replaces Jim Houfek, who retired in March. Before joining OCLC in 2001, she was general counsel for Fiber Network Solutions, Inc.

“Julie’s skill as an attorney and her commitment to libraries and the OCLC membership will serve her well in this leadership role,” said Skip Prichard, OCLC president and CEO.

She earned her J.D. from the University of Toledo College of Law and her undergraduate degree from The Ohio State University.

Cieslak bags top legal job at Gordon Food Service

Gordon Food Service has named Alisha Cieslak general counsel. She joined the food distribution company in February 2014 after having served for several years as the North American general counsel for the Benteler Group, an international industrial group with business units in automotive, distribution and steel/tube.