Ellen "Nell" O'Donnell
Ellen "Nell" O’Donnell

Ellen “Nell” O’Donnell has been named general counsel and head of the global legal department at networking solutions provider Brocade Communications Systems Inc. She will report directly to CEO Lloyd Carney as a member of the company’s executive staff.

O’Donnell has served as senior vice president and general counsel at Micromuse Inc. and associate general counsel at LucasArts. More recently, she has assisted cloud computing and software-as-a-service companies with a variety of complex legal matters including intellectual property ownership and licensing, privacy, customer agreements and data security.

“Nell brings the right skill sets to lead Brocade and our legal department forward in an industry that is undergoing massive transformation due to the cloud, virtualization, software networking and consumption-based economics,” said Carney in a statement. “Additionally, her broad experience and background in licensing, regulatory compliance and intellectual property enforcement and litigation give her the critical leadership skills necessary to protect our company’s business interests and our innovations.”

O’Donnell earned her J.D. from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles her B.A. from Stanford University.