The Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) teamed with John L. Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance at the University of Delaware, one of the longest-standing corporate governance centers in academia and globally recognized thought leader in the corporate governance field, interviewed Kenneth C. Frazier, president and CEO of Merck & Co., Inc., on leadership, corporate culture, and the evolving role of the general counsel.
During the interview with ACC President and CEO Veta T. Richardson and Ann C. Mulé, associate director of the Weinberg Center, Frazier discussed his views on the role of the general counsel as an invaluable asset to corporate leadership. He touched upon how to build leadership credibility with the C-suite, board of directors, and within the wider legal community, as well as offered his thoughts on key governance issues.
Additional Corporate Governance Resources
Leveraging Legal Leadership: The General Counsel As A Corporate Culture Influencer
The Association of Corporate Counsel submitted a thought leadership paper to the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) exploring how the general counsel can be a key ally in establishing corporate culture. The paper was submitted in conjunction with NACD's 2017 Blue Ribbon Commission Report on Culture as a Corporate Asset.
Video: Discussion on the Role of the General Counsel in Influencing Corporate Culture
The Weinberg Center recently hosted a discussion on the role of the general counsel as a corporate culture influencer. The Center has been working with ACC to examine this issue in light of ACC’s recent research and white paper on this topic. Participating in the discussion were the following:
- Veta T. Richardson, President and CEO of the Association of Corporate Counsel
- Gloria Santona, retired Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, McDonald’s Corporation; and an independent director of Aon Corporation
- Ann Mulé, Associate Director, John L. Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance