2017 Chief Legal Officer Leadership Forum
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Argyle Executive Forum is bringing together leading senior legal executives for our annual Chief Legal Officer Forum in Chicago. Throughout a full day of thought leadership content and networking, we will focus on the most pressing issues that legal executives are facing in 2017. With a program geared specifically towards leaders in legal, compliance, ethics, and M&A, key themes we will explore include:
- How economic, geopolitical, and regulatory changes are impacting the global business landscape in 2017, particularly with regards to regulation and compliance
- Effectively identifying and communicating top areas of risk to the management team
- Understanding how the GC’s role will continue to evolve with regards to global data privacy management and the modern security environment
- Driving effectiveness and efficiency as a modern in-house lawyer
- Predictions on the M&A landscape and how leading GCs are driving strategic alliances and divestitures
- How to build and maintain an effective ethics program
Our keynote presentations, fireside chats, panel sessions, and networking breaks will provide you with actionable takeaways to bring back to the office, as well as the opportunity to both strengthen and expand your network of peers. We look forward to hosting you alongside our community of Fortune 500 legal leaders hailing from the Midwest and beyond!
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This event will feature insights from top executives, including:
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Jockey International View Bio »
Mark Jaeger is Senior Vice President – Human Resources, General Counsel and Secretary for Jockey International, Inc. Jockey has been privately held since 1876, and its headquarters is in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Mark has been general counsel at Jockey since 1995. Before Jockey Mark was senior staff counsel at Northrop (Grumman) Corporation. In his legal role at Jockey, Mark focuses on international trade, compliance and brand protection.
Mark is past chair and current vice chair of the textile and apparel Industry Trade Advisory Committee (ITAC 13). He is past chair and a current member of the Government Relations Committee of the American Apparel & Footwear Association. Mark is the secretary and a member of the Board of Directors of WRAP. WRAP is a global compliance program that works at the factory level to ensure apparel factories are operating consistent with local law and international standards.
Mark has a B.B.A. degree in economics, with honors, from the University of Iowa, and he has a law degree from Southern Illinois University.
Zurich Insurance View Bio »
Laura Lazarczyk is Senior Vice President & Associate General Counsel for Zurich Insurance Group’s North America division. She is a managing attorney and a member of the North America Legal Department's leadership team.
During her career at Zurich, she has successfully led or managed investigations covering topics such as data privacy, data security, cyber-attacks, financial fraud, regulatory/government, legal risk and internal investigations.
Laura’s team provides legal counsel on enterprise matters in North America and collaborates with the company’s global legal organization as appropriate, including support for issues such as global and regional contracts impacting Zurich in North America, marketing and communications materials, finance and investments matters, compliance, licensing and regulatory matters, pensions and employee benefit matters, real estate and records management.
Laura formed Zurich North America's Pro Bono Committee in 2010 and has chaired the committee ever since as an avid pro bono supporter, advocate and attorney volunteer to non-profits in her community. Laura also served for two years as head of the Zurich's Women’s Innovation Network (WIN), an employee resource group with 1,800 members in North America.
Laura has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Southern California and a law degree from DePaul University College of Law.
Zurich Insurance Group is a leading multi-line insurer that serves its customers in global and local markets. With more than 55,000 employees, it provides a wide range of general insurance and life insurance products and services. Zurich’s customers include individuals, small businesses, and mid-sized and large companies, including multinational corporations, in 170-plus countries. The Group is headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland, where it was founded in 1872.
World Kitchen View Bio »
Elliot Molk is Vice President, Associate General Counsel at World Kitchen, LLC, where he commenced his in-house career in 2007. World Kitchen is a private, global consumer products company located in Rosemont, Illinois that manufactures and distributes Pyrex® glass bakeware, Corelle® dinnerware, Snapware® storage products, CorningWare® ceramic bakeware and other products found in millions of homes around the world.
Elliot serves as a strategic business partner across the enterprise to clients in commercial, operations and administrative business functions. He is a member of World Kitchen’s Leadership Council and its Global Products Supply Leadership Team. Areas of focus include: products liability/consumer safety; corporate finance; commercial transactions; litigation; labor and employment; business development; contract negotiation; environmental, health and safety; real estate; compliance; and governance.
Prior to joining World Kitchen, Elliot was a partner at Barack Ferrazzano Kirschbaum and Nagelberg, in Chicago, where he enjoyed a corporate and finance practice. He began his career at Latham & Watkins in Chicago after graduating with honors from The University of Chicago Law School in 1989. Elliot has a BBA degree from The University of Michigan, and passed the CPA exam after graduating from college with an Accounting concentration.
Elliot has two sons and two step-daughters, and recently commenced life as an empty nester.
Jones Lang LaSalle View Bio »
Mark J. Ohringer has been Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Jones Lang LaSalle Incorporated since April 2003. He oversees the firm’s legal, compliance, ethics and insurance programs on a global basis. He also is actively involved in the firm’s enterprise risk management and corporate sustainability programs.
With over 75,000 employees in more than 80 countries, JLL (NYSE:JLL; www.jll.com) provides comprehensive integrated real estate and investment management expertise on a local, regional and global level to owner, occupier and investor clients. It is an industry leader in property and corporate facility management services, with a portfolio of 4 billion square feet worldwide, and annually provides capital markets services on more than $100 billion of client transactions. Its LaSalle Investment Management subsidiary is one of the world’s largest and most diversified real estate investment management firms, with over $58 billion of assets under management.
From April 2002 through March 2003, Mark served as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Kemper Insurance Group, Inc., an insurance holding company. Prior to that, he served as General Counsel and Secretary of Heller Financial, Inc., a commercial finance company, since September 2000. He had previously served in various positions of increasing responsibility within the Heller Financial legal services function. Prior to joining Heller, Mark was a Partner at the law firm of Winston & Strawn. He has a B.A. in Economics (summa cum laude) from Yale College and a J.D. from Stanford Law School.
In 2011, Mark was named by the Ethisphere Institute as one of the world’s “100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics.” In 2012, he was named by Corporate Board Member as one of America’s Top General Counsel.
Mead Johnson Nutrition View Bio »
Patrick M. Sheller is Mead Johnson Nutrition's Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary. Mr. Sheller manages the company’s global legal organization and advises senior management and the Mead Johnson Board of Directors on securities law and corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, complex commercial contracts, litigation, intellectual property, labor and employment law and FDA and international nutrition products regulatory matters.
Mr. Sheller joined Mead Johnson in January 2015 from Eastman Kodak Company, where he served as Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Secretary and Chief Administrative Officer. Mr. Sheller was responsible for Kodak's worldwide legal function and was the principal legal advisor to the board of directors and senior management. Prior to becoming Kodak’s General Counsel, Mr. Sheller also served as Deputy General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer, Division Counsel to the company's former Health Group, Chief Antitrust Counsel, and international counsel to the company's European, African and Middle Eastern Region. He also held strategic planning and operating roles in Kodak's former Health Care Information Systems business.
Prior to joining Kodak, Mr. Sheller was in private practice with McKenna, Connor & Cuneo (now part of Dentons) in Washington, D.C., specializing in antitrust, litigation and healthcare law. He previously worked for the Federal Trade Commission in Washington, D.C., serving as Attorney Advisor to the Chairman and as a Staff Attorney in the Commission's Bureau of Competition.
Mr. Sheller is a graduate of Albany Law School and St. Lawrence University.
Essendant View Bio »
Mark Standefer joined United Stationers Supply Co. as Associate General Counsel in 2004. United Stationers is a leading wholesaler of business products through approximately 25,000 independent resellers in the United States, Canada and Mexico, with 2013 net sales of approximately $5.1 billion (NASDAQ/USTR).
Mark is currently lead counsel and leadership team member for the company’s Information Technology and Credit Organizations and the company’s Lagasse, LLC and MBS Dev, Inc. subsidiaries. His projects at United Stationers have included acquisitions, support of the rollout of an eCommerce solution for independent resellers, business process outsourcing, negotiation of consulting services agreements and software licenses, management of complex litigation, and the sale and leasing of real estate.
Prior to joining United Stationers, Mark served as Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary (and before that Assistant General Counsel and Assistant Secretary) of Allied Products Corporation (NYSE/ADP). Allied Products was a diversified industrial manufacturer that filed for protection under chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code in October of 2000.
Following the Allied Products bankruptcy filing, Mark worked with bankruptcy counsel, counsel for the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors, special counsel, and the Plan Agent in virtually all aspects of the bankruptcy proceeding and liquidation of the corporation.
Earlier in his career, Mark served as Staff Attorney at Sun Electric Corporation, a manufacturer of automotive diagnostic test equipment, and as an associate at the Chicago law firm of Rosenberg, Savner & Unikel
Mark earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champagn in 1976 and a J.D. with Honors from the Illinois Institute of Technology/Chicago-Kent College of Law in 1980. Mark has been licensed to practice law in the State of Illinois since 1980.
Lenovo Mobile Business Group View Bio »
Courtney VanLonkhuyzen Welton as Global General Counsel leads legal matters across Lenovo’s Mobile Business Group in North America, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and EMEA. Previously, she led commercial legal teams for Motorola, Google and Lenovo focused on relationships with key suppliers and channel partners. Courtney was also instrumental in re-launching Lenovo’s philanthropic Foundation, including overseeing the company’s charitable work, engaging employees as volunteers, and fostering relationships with strategic nonprofits. Prior to joining the company, Courtney clerked for the Honorable David W. McKeague on the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, litigated global disputes at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom and led a for-profit large health care facility. She also recently served on the board of directors for a successful software company. Courtney received her B.A. from Hope College, and her J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law, where she served on the executive board of the NU Law Review. Courtney is based in Chicago and serves on the board of the Chicago Foundation for Women.
8:30am - 9:30am Breakfast
9:30am - 9:35am Argyle Opening Remarks
9:35am - 10:10am Keynote Session featuring Jones Lang LaSalle: "The Best Lesson You Can Teach in Ethics Training - Secrets Hate Being Kept"
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Executive Vice President, Global General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
Jones Lang LaSalle
10:10am - 10:35am Networking Break
10:35am - 11:20am Panel Discussion: "Driving Effectiveness as a Modern In-House Lawyer"
read more »Session topics include, but aren't limited to:
- Best practices around assembling and leading a high performing legal team
- Identifying top areas of risk to the management team
- Developing a collaborative relationship across the C-Suite
- Building and maintaining an effective ethics program
- Adding value to the organization in regulation and compliance
11:20am - 11:40am Networking Break
11:40am - 12:30pm Panel Discussion: “The Biggest Challenges and Opportunities in Data Privacy and Security”
read more »Session topics include, but aren't limited to:
- The evolvement of the GC role to include cybersecurity and data privacy
- How cybersecurity fits in the organization’s risk management structure
- Proactive risk assessments to identify and prioritize critical assets and data for your business
- Handling BYOD and developing comparable policies for employees
- New regulatory challenges associated with BYOD
- Collaborating with the CEO and the board to advise properly and help them understand their role on cybersecurity issues
- Partnering with other executive functions around cybersecurity (CIO/CTO etc, Compliance, Privacy)
- Working with outside counsel on these issues and associated risks
- Key questions that General Counsel should be asking around cybersecurity
12:30pm - 1:30pm Lunch
1:30pm - 2:20pm Panel Discussion: "Managing Complex M&A Transactions"
read more »Session topics include, but aren't limited to:
- Challenges in managing a global in-house legal team
- The GC’s role in driving strategic alliances and divestitures
- Key issues regarding due diligence across national borders in the acquisition process
- Managing multiple and ongoing cross-cultural negotiations
- Ensuring that the target company is successfully integrated into the acquiring company
- Merging the in-house legal team
2:20pm - 2:40pm Networking Break
2:40pm - 3:15pm Keynote Session featuring H&R Block: "Becoming a Business Enabler"
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Vice President, Deputy General Counsel & Chief Privacy Officer
3:20pm - 3:55pm Keynote Session featuring Lenovo Mobile Business Group: "The Evolving Role of the Legal Function - From Cost Center to Value Center"
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Courtney V. Welton
Global General Counsel
Lenovo Mobile Business Group
3:55pm - 4:00pm Argyle Closing Remarks
4:00pm - 5:00pm Closing Reception
What will be discussed? Explore legal hot topics and challenge areas such as:
The GC’s growing strategic role
Explore the evolving role of the GC and specifically how legal professionals are critical in planning the strategic growth and direction of the company. Learn about:
- Preparing for the new era of regulatory change
- Utilizing technological advancements
- Managing risk exposure to the org
- Maximizing the value of the legal team
The modern legal landscape
Examine the key regulatory trends GCs are facing, and how they are forced to adapt to a constantly changing landscape as a result. Get tips on:
- Identifying compliance red flags
- Maintaining compliance with FCPA
- Effectively managing a legal department across borders
- Making predictions for the future
The GC and M&A
Discuss best practices and lessons learned with regards to due diligence in evaluating and negotiating good and bad M&A opportunities. Learn how top CLOs are:
- Protecting corporate reputation during growth
- Planning ahead for an acquisition
- Innovating within M&A
- Enabling growth despite reduced liquidity
Driving efficiency during litigation
Review the biggest initial challenges that GCs face at the start of a litigation case, and how these challenges have evolved over the last 5 years. Gain insight on:
- Leveraging e-discovery to manage budget
- Collaborating to mitigate ethical concerns
- Responding effectively to ethical issues
- Managing costs during litigation
Technology and the GC
Hear how successful CLOs are navigating the new digital landscape and dealing with the subsequent data and security issues that have emerged because of this shift. Hear how GCs are partnering with IT teams to:
- Managing data to meet objectives
- Addressing the proliferation of data
- Evaluating weak areas of e-discovery
- Protecting from cyber security issues
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